Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus Release Date, Trailer and Details

Beavis & Butt-head and King of the Hill creator Mike Judge Readies gets back to his country music roots Watch the trailer here

Country music is known for its outlaws, and Mike Judge knows those outlaw stories better than anyone. Judge, who is best known for animated comedy series like the iconic Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill, and movies Office Space and Idiocracy, will bring a new animated show to Cinemax in 2017. The eight-episode series Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus will “chronicle the tales of some of country music’s most eccentric characters.” Judge co-created the series with Richard Mullins and Dub Cornett. Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus will premiere Friday, Sept. 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Cinemax released the first trailer for the series about the renegades of country music. The clip tells the story of Jerry “The Killer” Lee Lewis and his first machine gun. You can watch that trailer here:

Judge, who started his career in music will narrates the series as well as executive produce it. The show will open with an episode devoted to Johnny Paycheck. Other episodes will tell the untold stories of Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings  and Blaze Foley.

The series will feature animated interviews with former bandmates, friends and other “erstwhile associates, who share uncensored anecdotes” about the artists. Their exploits will be reenacted in animation, mixed with live-action archival performance footage and photos.

Here is a list of episodes:

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Episode #1: “Johnny Paycheck”

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 (10:00–10:30 p.m. ET/PT)

In addition to selling 40 million records and producing chart-topping hits like “She’s All I Got” and “Take This Job and Shove It,” country music outlaw Johnny Paycheck became notorious for living the part. He was known for his music, grand theft auto, drug binges and stints in jail. At the height of Paycheck’s fame, he shot a man over a turtle soup recipe, which led to a high-profile trial, a prison sentence and one of his greatest hits, “Old Violin.”

Written by Mike Judge, Dub Cornett, Richard Mullins, Jeff Feuerzeig, Julien Nitzberg; directed by Mike Judge.

Episode #2: “Jerry Lee Lewis”Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 (10:00–10:30 p.m.)

One of the pioneers of rock’n’roll, Jerry Lee Lewis also happened to be a country music singer who liked to call himself “The Killer.” He made a name for himself not just as a magnetic piano-playing singer, but also as an impulsive, gun-wielding wild man, who stoked epic rivalries with the likes of Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. The Killer also notoriously married his 13-year-old second cousin, setting off an epic worldwide scandal.

Written by Mike Judge, Mark Monroe; directed by Mike Judge.

Episode #3: “George Jones and Tammy Wynette (Part One)”

Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 6 (10:00–10:30 p.m.)

He was a poor boy from a bootleggers’ town in the Texas backwoods. She was a cotton-picking Mississippi girl dreaming of stardom in Nashville. Together, George Jones and Tammy Wynette became the first power couple in country music. They were perfect in the public eye, but their tumultuous relationship was punctuated by George’s alcohol-fueled escapades and his paranoia over Tammy’s romantic past. She tried to keep the marriage from turning toxic, singing “Stand By Your Man,” her greatest hit, onstage with her husband every night.

Written by Mike Judge, Mark Monroe, Jeff Feuerzeig, Julien Nitzberg; directed by Mike Judge.

Episode #4: “George Jones and Tammy Wynette (Part Two)”

Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 13 (10:00–10:30 p.m.)

Collaborating on 33 hit songs and nine studio albums, George Jones and Tammy Wynette projected an image of marital bliss. Backstage, real life was more of a mess, highlighted by actual gunplay, an accusation of poisoning and ingenious disappearing acts in the name of alcohol. The marriage was ultimately sacrificed, but the music survived. Despite George’s split personalities and Tammy’s endless string of men, the two maintained an artistic partnership that stood the test of time and gave them one of their greatest hits, “Golden Rings,” about love and marriage.

Written by Mike Judge, Mark Monroe, Jeff Feuerzeig, Julien Nitzberg; directed by Mike Judge.