Diablo Cody has an internet talk show.
It’s called Red Band Trailer, which is a play on the film industry’s “red band trailers,” which don’t adhere to content guidelines established by the Motion Picture Association of America. As the title would imply, Cody’s celebrity conversations don’t adhere to any sort of content guidelines established by the blasè, one-on-one star interviews to which we’ve grown accustomed. It’s also shot in a trailer, specifically a 19′ Airstream International, which was once used by the US government to quarantine astronauts, and is now used by Cody to quarantine celebrities.
The insider-y reference in the title and the humor in the double meaning is a good representation of what to expect in the series. It’s typical of kind of entertainment we’ve seen from the Academy Award-winning writer of Juno and United States of Tara. Cute, sometimes too cute, smart, self-deprecating, and funny-though-not-really-funny-ha-ha.
Beautifully produced by Cody and her husband Dan Maurio, the first two episodes list Cody’s title as “Attention Starved” and “Pariah,” and place her opposite Adam Brody and Chelsea Handler. Both interviews have a healthy mix of non sequitur storytelling, classic celebrity Q&A, and alone time with a Robert Pattinson pillow doll.
We’ve seen this kind of celebrity interview shtick before. The difference with Red Band Trailer is it’s worth watching.