July 31, 2006 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon
Pity the lowly production assistant. To get a foot in the door of the exciting world of music television, they are required to perform an endless multitude of menial tasksÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬”tasks which include the requisite runs for coffee and pizza, the boss’ dry cleaning and of course, emptying waste baskets and color collating scripts. Once in a while, there’s a brush with fame,when they get to walk (and clean up after) the pit bull owned by the mega-selling rapper who drops by the fuse studio. And with every task, there’s a steady chorus of well-meaning ribbing, as the new guy or girl pays their dues in hopes of moving up the corporate ladder. Introducing Josh TaubÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬”fuse’s real-life production assistant. Josh, along with his buddy Dave Murden, are the unlikely creators of fuse’s new weekly series The P.A.
Beginning August 15 at 10:30pm (ET), fuse, the nation’s only music-centric, viewer-driven television network, will premiere its new weekly home grown show The P.A., featuring the triumphs and trials of unsung hero Josh Taub and his cameraman/sidekick Dave Murden. The show, which is a humorous combination of The Office and Swimming With Sharks, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the men and women on the bottom rung of the music television totem pole. Each episode, shot on location at fuse, features real-life fuse staffers and big name celebrities including Jared Leto and his band 30 Seconds To Mars, former Full-House alumni Jodie Sweetin and comedian Jamie Kennedy, among others.
The P.A. features protagonist Josh on the quest for a promotion and a little damn respect. Josh’s plight for advancement causes him to enter a number of uncomfortable situations such as being ridiculed by Jared Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars and on-air insults from VJ Steven. And, if that isn’t enough, Josh and Dave find themselves in sticky situations with the long arm of the law and a number of celebrity guests who they approach undercover with their cameras.
The show’s key principles are Josh’s cranky boss Ed, flamboyant office manager and gossip king Jeff, Heather the receptionist, and arch rival Ellie. The show also features Josh’s object of desire, the intern affectionately known as Wednesday Girl. Other reoccurring guests on the show include Andrew and BrianÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬”two summer fuse interns who are less than worthy of Josh and Dave’s cubicle which they share; and a host of additional fuse employees.