HOLLYWOOD — Showtime premiered its original series “The Chris Isaak Show” on the Paramount lot Thursday with a screening and an hour-plus perf by Chris Isaak and his band Silvertone.
Caroline Rhea, who guest stars on the show, summed up the general attitude toward the series’ star: “They called and asked if I wanted to be on the show, playing Chris’ ex-girlfriend. I said sure, but how much would I have to pay?”
Showtime chairman-CEO Matthew C. Blank, just back from a White House screening of the cabler’s upcoming “Varian’s War,” said, “I think the president would like Chris,” whom he called “quirky” and “naturally funny.”
Isaak said, “I had a great time making the show,” which preems tonight, “because my whole band is in it. So I knew I had three guys laughing at it, anyway.”
The rocker isn’t always so modest. As Showtime’s Cindy Bell reeled off a list of compliments about Isaak — charming, accessible, wonderful musician — during her intro to the screening, Isaak shouted, “Good-looking!” His mother, sitting next to him in the Paramount Theater, quickly covered his mouth with her hand as the audience laughed.
Minnie Driver, who guested on the seg screened, joined Isaak on stage to sing a rousing version of “Son of a Preacher Man.”
At the Hawaiian-themed party on Soundstage 19 were skein’s exec producers, Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider; producer Richard Davis; guest stars Stevie Nicks and Lisa Loeb; cast members Kristin Dattilo, Jed Rees, Greg Winter, Bobby Jo Moore and Jennifer Calvert; plus guests Nick Wechsler, Joey Lauren Adams and Alex Desert.