Articles for Flight of the Conchords Season 1

HBO has added a new series called Flight of the Conchords, intended to perk up the Sunday night niche. The pilot series, which premiered on June 17, 2007 at 10:30 p.m. ET, has been picked up for an initial 12-episode order.For the unfamiliar, Flight of the Conchords follows the adventures of a two-man digi-folk band from New Zealand as they attempt to make a name for themselves in New York. Read on to find out more about the cast. Read more »
On Sunday night it was time for another refreshingly ridiculous, yet sometimes poignantly real, episode of the new HBO comedy Flight of the Conchords. In "Bret Gives Up the Dream," the band suffered a problem for many people who have aspirations that hinge on being "discovered" – making ends meet. The Flight of the Conchords may be "New Zealand‘s fourth most popular folk parody duo," but in America they are still trying to get their big break.As of the second episode, they are starving artists, literally as the first scene illustrates when Bret comes home with a small sack of groceries and gives Jemaine a free sandwich – "free" meaning that he found it on the street. Jemaine gets up to spit it out, but then swallows it anyway. This is an indication of how dire the money situation is for the Flight of the Conchords as they‘re willing to eat food off the streets. As Bret says, "We‘re poor, man." Read more »
Episode Overview: When the Flight of the Conchords run  across a pair of muggers, Bret leaves Jemaine behind, causing a rift in their friendship.This Sunday night‘s episode of Flight of the Conchords on HBO revolved around Bret and Jemaine discovering the dark underbelly of living in New York City – they get mugged. Sounds scary, doesn‘t it? Well, it would be on any other television show, but this is Flight of the Conchords…so it was hilarious. The episode, "Mugged," more importantly marked the show‘s evolution into finding its own rhythm. With its voice, style and humor already well in place, rhythm was the one thing still holding it back somewhat. Not this week. This episode flowed from beginning to end with some of the funniest cut-aways and most brilliant absurdist humor yet, without faltering in pace and timing. Read more »
How amazing is it that one name can instantly tell you what this Flight of the Conchords episode is going to be about? Bret (Bret McKenzie) is dating Coco (Sutton Foster), who we met in Episode 2 – she is one of his fellow sign holders. The entire episode revolves around how Bret‘s dating her affects Jemaine (Jemaine Clement) and the band. This kind of sounds familiar. Oh, that‘s right -- it is similar to the plot of the pilot episode "Sally." It is only the fourth episode of Flight of the Conchords – that‘s a bit soon to recycle a plot line. Without focusing on the duplicative plot (for now), Bret and Jemaine still successfully bring the funny every week. The episode opens with Bret and Coco complimenting each other. She likes his eyes; he compares her lips to eggs. Yes, eggs – because they are both delicious. After a few minutes of the camera focusing on their rather intimate conversation, we pan back to reveal that Jemaine has been sitting there the whole time. Read more »
A new half-hour comedy entitled Flight of the Conchords premiered on HBO Sunday night (June 17th at 10:30 p.m. ET).  Although the show is new to HBO, New Zealanders Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement first formed the two-man folk parody group, Flight of the Conchords, in 1998.  Bret and Jemaine star in the HBO show as parodies of themselves, moving to New York from New Zealand to try to make it big. Read more »
HBO’s latest comedy series, Flight of the Conchords, premiered last month, with comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement headlining the cast.  They play parody versions of themselves, but McKenzie pointed out there’s not much that differentiates them from their characters on the show. "I‘m not sure that we‘re aware of the differences in our characters," McKenzie said during the show’s session at the recent press tour.  "We have exaggerated the stupidity, and Jemaine‘s much more of an [expletive].  But there‘s a little bit of truth in them which makes them believable on-screen as well." Read more »
MySpace is one of the largest social networking websites in the world.  Adding to its popularity are the numerous celebrities who have signed up for their own accounts, many of which are open to the public.  However, singer-comedian Bret McKenzie, star of HBO‘s Flight of the Conchords, is not impressed with the popularity of the website, even saying in an interview that he "thinks it‘s evil [and] corrupt."Despite his negative views of the website, he and co-star Jemaine Clement have an active MySpace profile, wherein at least 18,000 people are registered in their contacts.  McKenzie insists, however, that he is not a MySpace fan, and that it is actually Clement who maintains their account. Read more »
Early this week, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, comedy duo and stars of HBO‘s Flight of the Conchords, released The Distant Future, an EP containing six tracks, three of which are live cuts.  The tracks featured in the EP are “Business Time,” “If You‘re Into It,” “I‘m Not Crying,” “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room,” “Banter,” and “Robots.” McKenzie and Clement, New Zealand‘s fourth most popular folk-parody act, have been active in the industry since 1988.  They rose to prominence in the United States thanks to the video-hosting website, YouTube, which featured videos of the pair starring in their first HBO series, One Night Stand. Read more »
Last week, Flight of the Conchords finished its 12-part run on HBO, leaving fans hungry for more of the quirky folk duo.  Though the show draws only about a million viewers or so, it has earned much praise and has become a strong online interest as reflected on forums, music sites and bulletin boards.  Fortunately, HBO has decided to pick up the comedy series for yet another run. Starring Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords revolves around the pair as they try to achieve success in New York City as a band while weaving their humorous songs into the plot of each episode.  The principle cast also includes fellow comedians Rhys Darby, Arj Barker, and Kristen Schaal. Read more »
Today, thanks to the hard work of Tom O‘Neill at Gold Derby, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences released the official top 10 lists for this year‘s Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series. The final top five nominations in every category will be announced July 18, but for the first time ever, ATAS is allowing its process to be transparent by revealing these top 10 lists so award lovers can get a preview of who‘s in the running.For these top races, the lists include a few favorites and some surprises. ABC has a strong showing in the Drama lineup with Lost, Grey‘s Anatomy and Boston Legal while HBO dominates the Comedy side with Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage and even Flight of the Conchords making the list. Keep reading to see who else made the short list for the Emmys. Read more »
Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie may soon have to end their comedic antics on the small screen after the broadcast of the sophomore season of Flight of the Conchords, the HBO series that follows the adventures of the New Zealand folk duo as they seek fame and success in New York City.According The New Zealand Herald, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie revealed to British magazine Q that they are seriously contemplating on ending the series after the second season due to the creative struggles they‘ve encountered in making it. Read more »