Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... Plans August run-ins with The Police and Smokey Robinson. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland to appear with Elvis for television farewell...
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... announces that The Police will tape a television appearance for the new talk/performance series. The episode will air as part of Spectacle's debut season, to premiere later this year on Sundance Channel in the U.S., CTV in Canada and Channel 4 in the U.K., with FremantleMedia Enterprises distributing the series internationally.
For this historic music television event, Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland will perform and discuss with Elvis their varied and respective interests in music as individuals, as well as the remarkable chemistry together that has made The Police one of the biggest bands in music history.
This exclusive engagement with Elvis follows an exciting spring and summer for the host who has been touring with The Police on their massively successful reunion tour, to widespread acclaim.
Motown legend Smokey Robinson will also tape an episode of Spectacle in August, exploring with Elvis his extraordinary 50 year career as a songwriter, singer and guiding light of soul/R&B.
As previously announced, the Canada/United Kingdom co-production will also feature Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, President Bill Clinton and Sir Elton John, who is also one of the program's Executive Producers.
The remainder of Spectacle's inaugural season line-up will be announced later this summer.
The series of 13 one-hour episodes will feature everything from intimate one-on-ones with legendary performers and notable newcomers to unprecedented, once-in-a-lifetime musical performances and collaborations.
Consistent with Sir Elton John's long-standing commitment to philanthropy and music, the series producers have struck an exciting association with the (Product) RED (www.joinred.com
) campaign created to raise awareness and money for the Global Fund (www.theglobalfund.org
) to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa. Select program excerpts and performances will be distributed in a variety of new media and conventional platforms, with a portion of the profits directed to the Global Fund.
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... is produced by Rocket Pictures, SpyBox Pictures, Prospero Pictures and reinvention entertainment, in association with Sundance Channel, CTV, Channel 4 and FremantleMedia Enterprises. Executive Producers are Sir Elton John, Elvis Costello, David Furnish, Steve Hamilton-Shaw, Jordan Jacobs, Martin Katz and Stephen Warden. Co-Executive Producer is Alex Coletti.