Speed Levitch and Richard Linklater
For his first foray into episodic TV, director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock) has partnered with a true original: Eccentric tour guide and historian Timothy "Speed" Levitch. Their new Hulu series Up to Speed is an unconventional travel show that follows Levitch as he explores unusual attractions across America — such as the "luckiest subway grate" in New York and the "shoe gardens" of San Francisco.
New episodes of Up To Speed, which premiered on Aug. 9, are currently available on Hulu and Hulu Plus. We asked Linklater and Levitch to tell us why we should get up to speed with Up To Speed.
TV Guide Magazine: I've got room in my life to watch just one more show. Tell me why it should be yours.
Levitch: Officially, Up To Speed is a TV show, but each episode is really its own world because it's directed by a great independent filmmaker. All the episodes of this show, added up together, constitute the latest narrative experiment from the mind of Richard Linklater — that's big news for TV and film fans alike.
TV Guide Magazine: What makes your star the best on TV?
Linklater: Speed is one of America's funniest freethinkers and a true tour guide of the mind.
Levitch: Beyond hosting the show, Up to Speed has given me the chance to hang out and empathize with the nation's great monumentally ignored monuments. They're way more opinionated than you'd imagine.
TV Guide Magazine: Who should be watching?
Linklater: Anyone who loves travel, but not travel shows. Anyone who loves history, but not history shows. We've mashed the two together and created something irreverent and unique.
Levitch: Anyone who likes the idea of hearing an eyewitness account of the worst day in San Francisco history from a fire hydrant who saw the whole thing.
Linklater: Or anyone who would prefer to learn some Civil War history from an old knife that fought for both sides.
Levitch: Yeah, or anyone who is curious to know why the luckiest subway grate in New York City is the luckiest subway grate in New York City.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don't watch your show?
Levitch: You'll live out your days never knowing there was a show custom-built for your inner-child — Sesame Street as orchestrated by the Beastie Boys.
TV Guide Magazine: Give me an equation for your show.
Levitch: A travel and history show + Monty Python's Flying Circus ÷ by The Muppet Show + a dash of Easy Rider = a PBS that knows how to party.
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for your show?
Linklater: Magikal History Tour.
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence, if you like________, you'll like our show.
Levitch: If you believe that to truly travel is to appreciate the beauty in the unexpected, then you'll like our show.
TV Guide Magazine: How will your show change the face of TV?
Linklater: TV has a face?
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