Watch My Show: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wants You to Hit Record

Hit Record On TV
Hit Record On TV

Joseph Gordon-Levitt showcases a new batch of homegrown films, music, and animation on Season 2 of Pivot’s Hit Record on TV With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, based on a website the actor launched in 2005. The series, which uses crowd sourcing to combine viewer contributions and celebrity performances, is like vaudeville for the social-media age. We asked host and executive producer Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock From the Sun, Inception) to fill out our showrunner survey and explain why we should hit Record. —Michael Schneider

I have time to watch one more show. Why should it be yours?

I’ve been working in TV and movies my whole life, and I can tell you for certain, no one has ever gone about making television the way we’re doing it.

Who should watch?

If you’ve ever thought, “I just had a good idea for a bit on TV” or “This weird thing I just drew would make an awesome cartoon,” then you might really dig this. Actually, if you’ve thought those things, come to our site,, and contribute.

What happens if we don’t watch?

Pop culture will remain a one-way transaction that broadcasters sell, that couch potatoes buy, and we gently slip into a saccharine-sweet apocalypse.

Give us an equation for Hit Record on TV.

Humor ÷ Jimmy Fallon + cartoons ÷ Adult Swim + perspective ÷ Vice TV x the Internet – fails.

What’s the best thing someone has said about your show?

“Not everyone on the Internet is a dick.”

With which show would you like to do a crossover?

Louie. His daughter who plays violin—one of my favorite screen performances in recent years—could jump in on one of our songs.

How will your show change the face of TV?

The way technology is advancing, it’s inevitable that TV is on its way toward becoming something not only created by Hollywood insiders but also includes perspectives and contributions from all sorts of people from all over the world. And I think that’s a good thing.

Hit Record on TV, Fridays, 10/9c, Pivot