It was with genuine trepidation that I approached Joseph Gordon-Levitt to tell him that Season 2 of Pivot's "HitRECord on TV" is a much more polished entity than the first.
With its anything-goes crowd-sourced ethos, "HitRECord on TV" has always seemed to thrive on its rough-around-the-edges and lunatics-running-the-asylum aesthetic, so there was at least a chance that Gordon-Levitt might recoil from the notion.
"Oh as such a compliment, man!" Gordon-Levitt laughed.
Naturally, the "Brick" and "The Walk" star credits the improvement of polish to "more community involvement" and getting better at "the process of mass and open collaboration."
Indeed, the second season, which premieres on Friday (June 12) night on Pivot finds the show selecting from as many as 18,000 community submissions on topics ranging from The No.2 to Darkness.
It also helps when you have Gordon-Levitt playing MC, lead storyteller and repertory player and bring in celebrity buddies including Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling to star in themed sketches and also to flex their writing and directing muscles.
Gordon-Levitt has a busy autumn ahead of him, with the release of the ensemble holiday "X-Mas," as well as potential Oscar contenders "The Walk" and "Snowden," but I sat down with him last week to discuss his Pivot project, which has been a long-term passion for him, dating back to its online and live show days, particularly its roots with his late brother Dan. We talked about evolving the community process and how HitRECord is still fueled by Dan's inspiration.
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