The National's Matt Berninger Is Making a TV Show About His Own Life
Published Feb 21, 2018The National may seem like an odd subject for a sitcom, but that's exactly what is in the works from frontman Matt Berninger and his brother Tom Berninger.
The singer revealed plans for the project during an interview on Double J yesterday (February 20), alongside his bandmate Aaron Dessner.
The show will focus on Matt Berninger's experiences as a musician — a concept concocted by the Berninger brothers and Matt's wife, Carin Besser. They enlisted Australian director Trent O'Donnell (The Moodys, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place) to help.
Of course, the brothers have appeared onscreen together before, in the tumultuous Tom-directed 2013 documentary Mistaken for Strangers.
"This is more scripted than that and it's not a film Tom's making, Tom is just a subject of it," Matt told the radio show. "It's not a fake documentary."
And although Matt and Tom will each play themselves on the show, there will be recruiting fictional band members — selected with help from his real bandmate, Dessner.
The guitarist and producer was part of the casting process, apparently choosing a number of musicians that appeared on the guest-heavy National-curated 2016 Grateful Dead compilation Day of the Dead.
That leaves the fictional version of the band pretty open-ended; the compilation featured everyone from Wilco and the Flaming Lips to Mumford and Sons, Courtney Barnett, Stephen Malkmus, the War on Drugs, Perfume Genius, ANOHNI, Angel Olsen and Richard Reed Parry.
There's no official word yet on when the upcoming series will debut, but Matt did warn fans it wouldn't be until after this year at the earliest.