S02E04: Best of the Millennium

In this episode I present eight Emmy-winning theme tunes (along with lots of trivia) from seven selected series that aired during the New Millennium (between 1999 and the present). Here are the shows and theme music featured:

THE WEST WING
(1999-2006)
[1999-2000 opening and closing main titles]
[2000-2006 opening and closing main titles]
Winner of Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music in 2000
for composer W.G. Snuffy Walden

MONK
(2002-2009)
[2002-2003 opening main titles]
Winner of Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music in 2003
for composer Jeff Beal

[2003-2009 opening main titles: “It’s a Jungle Out There”]
Winner of Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music in 2004
for composer Randy Newman

-Commercial Break-

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
(2004-2012)
[opening and closing main titles]
Winner of Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music in 2005
for composer Danny Elfman

THE TUDORS
(2007-2010)
[opening and closing main titles]
Winner of Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music in 2008
for composer Trevor Morris

NURSE JACKIE
(2009-2015)
[opening and closing main titles]
Winner of Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music in 2010
for composers Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman

-Commercial Break-

THE BORGIAS
(2011-2013)
[opening and closing main titles]
Winner of Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music in 2012
for composer Trevor Morris

JESSICA JONES
(2015-present)
[opening and closing main titles]
Winner of Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music in 2016
for composer Sean Callery

During the commercial breaks, I’ve included promos for the show MILLENNIUM starring Lance Henriksen; it ran on Fox between 1996 and 1999, and also starred Megan Gallagher and a pre-LOST Terry O’Quinn. And you’ll also have fun listening to some ads that my podcasting friends provided to me to promote their own great podcasts; be sure to check them out.

Many, many thanks to Zerbinator for his continued support. His encouragement and expertise are very much appreciated by me. You can find all of his fun-to-listen-to podcasts here, including my favorite, “Please Stand By.” And I’d also like especially to thank him for providing the opening and closing theme music for Tube Tunes; all of his fantastic music can be found here. And, again, thanks are in order for him for providing TUBE TUNES with the “We’ll Be Right Back” drops heard during the podcast. Thanks, Burford.

I would also like to again thank Rob “Flack” O’Hara and Sean Johnson for adding TUBE TUNES to The Throwback Network. It’s a great place to find just about any retro-themed podcast you can think of. Please check out the network here.

I also need to thank the Free Music Archive for the following musical artists and songs that were used in this episode under the Creative Commons License: “Dancing On the Edge,” “Endless Story of Sun and Moon,” and “The Flames of Rome,” all by Kai Engel; and “Sense the Wind” by Lee Rosevere.

Finally, my thanks to Ferg of The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast. His inspiration and dedication to covering every game cartridge ever made for the Atari 2600 (I think over 1000 of them!) is what gave me the courage to begin this podcast. And his continued support and promotion of TUBE TUNES on his excellent podcast is greatly appreciated by yours truly. Please, check out his podcast, even if you’re not an Atari 2600 collector; or at least visit his website here.

Next Episode: “S02E05: The Earle Hagen Theme-ography” (available January 2017)

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