How many times have we heard that the music business is going into the toilet? Well, a couple of musicians are hedging their bets. Flush from the success of The Voice, Cee Lo Green is getting his own TV show, Talking To Strangers, debuting on June 22 on Fuse TV. So far he's nabbed Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, Lupe Fiasco, TV On The Radio, and Train to sit down for a friendly grilling by the irreverent, often inappropriate entertainer. Fuse assures us that Green will be asking "really tough questions," so don't let the puppets and outrageous outfits make you think otherwise. They're just there to soften up the willing victims-cum-guests.
Henry Rollins has always been rather a wild man, so it shouldn't be a huge surprise that he's signed on for a new show on the Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic's edgier offshoot. Animal Underworld will be hosted by the punk progenitor and will feature people who own exotic animals as well as people who eat them. Yes, as a matter of fact it is an aesthetic antidote to Ted Nugent's Spirit of the Wild. Unbeknownst to us, Rollins is a snake lover-no that is not metaphoric-and previously hosted the one-hour special Snake Underworld on Nat Geo Wild, which featured doctors who treat snake bites as well as Slayer's Kerry King's python collection. Although this show will focus on exotic species, the former Black Flag front man will be taking the show to Road Kill Café in Arizona where they serve frog smoothies and tarantulas.
Finally, Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong will make the leap to the silver screen in the film adaption of American Idiot, the Broadway play based on the Green Day album of the same name. Tom Hanks' production company Playtone Productions is producing in the film, which is aiming for a 2013 release date. When Armstrong briefly filled in as St. Jimmy in the Broadway run of the musical, the box office at St. James Theatre soared. That fact did not go unnoticed by Hanks, another Bay Area native, so he hurried to get the singer involved. There is no word whether Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt or drummer Tre Cool will have a role in the film.