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Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Unaired Pilot for ‘The Jon Brion Show’ Surfaces

Written by on January 17, 2013 

Save for those deleted scenes coming on next month’s Master Blu-ray, we figured the next material from Paul Thomas Anderson wouldn’t hit until the latter part of 2014. Surprise, surprise, because fansite Cigarettes & Red Vines have been sent a little-known, long-lost piece shot back in 2000 — while something of a technicality, don’t complain — which is not a short film, but a TV pilot.

And, of all things, the pilot for a proposed variety series. Titled The Jon Brion Show, this effort, an entirely independent production, was Anderson‘s favor to the acclaimed musician, thrown together after his pitch for a music and comedy hour was turned down by VH1 back in 2000. In stepped the director, recently off Magnolia, who experimented with the format — also inviting Brad Mehldau and Elliot Smith on as guests — to see if something greater could come of that all.

Nothing really did, if a video surfacing 12-13 years is any indication as to general success. But, regardless of content or context, I’m immeasurably glad to have 43 minutes of new work from Paul Thomas Anderson. Before you watch, here’s a note left on his YouTube channel:

“I tore up the floorboards at H.Q. the other day
and came up with this little number on VHS.
She holds up well. Love, Al.”

Enjoy it for yourself below:

Is it nice to have this little time capsule of the early millennium? What do you think of the overall production?

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