Musician and television star Paul Shaffer announced today a multi-platform content deal to host the all-new interview series Paul Shaffer Plus One. The program will debut in an hour-long format on SiriusXM and on AXS TV in a half-hour format debuting Sunday nights in primetime this summer.
Paul Shaffer Plus One finds the multi-talented musician sitting down for candid in-depth conversations with his close friends and fellow music icons, as they discuss their careers, influences, and experiences. Shot in a recording studio setting and with Paul at the piano, when talking about the genesis of a particular song, Paul may initiate a brief impromptu performance. Featured guests include music legends such as popular rocker Sammy Hagar, The Hollies’ and CSN’s Graham Nash, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, blues trailblazer Buddy Guy, and Steely Dan co-founderDonald Fagen, among many others. As Shaffer memorably portrayed the hapless record company promotion man Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap, appropriately also guesting on the series is Tap bassist Derek Smalls ( Harry Shearer).
“In this show I get to go one-on-one with all my favorite recording artists. We talk mainly music and if the topic turns to a specific tune, we demonstrate in song. It’s a dream come true,” said Shaffer.
Four-time EMMY nominee Shaffer forever cemented his place in entertainment history as the band leader and sidekick during the combined 33-year run of Late Night With David Letterman and Late Show With David Letterman. Before joining Letterman’s record-setting run, Shaffer cut his teeth as a featured performer and member of Saturday Night Live’s house band during SNL’s first five years, working with Gilda Radner on her hit Broadway show, and as musical director for The Blues Brothers featuring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Shaffer has also enjoyed an acclaimed career as a GRAMMY-winning solo artist and collaborator, performing alongside Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Cher, B.B. King, and Diana Ross, to name only a few, and co-writing the evergreen anthem “It’s Raining Men” with Paul Jabara. Shaffer’s work can currently be heard on David Letterman’s new Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, for which he wrote and performed the theme song and bridging music.
The monthly show will air across multiple SiriusXM music channels. Paul Shaffer Plus One will be available via satellite and accessible through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, and online at siriusxm.com.
Paul Shaffer Plus One is the newest addition to AXS TV’s extensive roster of classic rock and music programming that already includes the cross-country jam series Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar ; original reality series Real Money, starring rock showman Eddie Money and his talented family; the star-studded sit-down series The Big Interview With Dan Rather; and the music-themed countdown show Top Ten Revealed, hosted by Katie Daryl; as well as a slate of unforgettable concerts from some of music’s biggest names. AXS TV produces more than 200 hours of original programming, and is available nationwide across major cable, satellite, and telco distributors, and streamers such as DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and Philo.
“AXS TV is proud to partner with SiriusXM to bring Paul Shaffer Plus One to our viewers across the country,” said Evan Haiman, vice president of music programming and production, AXS TV. “The series is the perfect complement to our growing lineup, and represents a continuation of AXS TV’s commitment to providing the absolute best music-themed programming on television today. The response to our popular series such as Rock & Roll Road Trip and Real Money, among others, has truly been incredible, and I’m confident our audience will embrace Paul Shaffer Plus One in the same way.”
Shaffer’s longtime manager, Panacea Entertainment chairman Eric Gardner, is the executive producer for both series. Evan Haiman joins Gardner as executive producer for the AXS TV shows.
SiriusXM subscribers may enjoy the program on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online and on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app, and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Visit www.SiriusXM.com/streaming to learn more.
About AXS TV
Launched in 2012 by visionary entrepreneur CEO Mark Cuban in conjunction with AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and CBS, AXS TV has established itself as the premier destination for music and entertainment programming. The network delivers an eclectic programming roster that includes original series such asThe Big Interview With Dan Rather, Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar, and Real Money, as well as hard-hitting mixed martial arts events, and a slate of acclaimed documentaries and iconic concerts from some of music’s most influential artists. AXS TV is also the U.S. home of the popular New Japan Pro Wrestling and WOW-Women Of Wrestling promotions and Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA). AXS TV is currently available nationally in the United States and parts of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. For a list of providers, visit axs.tv/subscribe. For more information, see www.axs.tv. Follow AXS TV on Facebook,Twitter @axstv; Instagram; and YouTube. Press information is available at axstvmediacenter.com.
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the world’s largest audio entertainment company, and the premier programmer and platform for subscription- and advertising-supported audio products. With the recent addition of Pandora, the largest streaming music provider in the U.S., SiriusXM reaches more than 100 million people with its audio products. For more about the new SiriusXM, please go to: www.siriusxm.com.
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