Huey on the passing of Betty White

“Acting with Betty White on “Hot in Cleveland” was one of my truly great experiences. She was funny, of course, smart, and very sweet. And talk about comedic timing. She loved wildlife, and loved to see pictures of elk, sand hill cranes, deer, and ducks on my Montana ranch. What an amazing career, and what a great person. I’m so lucky I got to work with her. Her work will endure.”
– Huey Lewis

Johnny Colla’s (semi) A Cappella “I Hear Other Voices!!” Just Released!

Did you like the a cappella segment in HLN’s shows? Then you’re gonna love Johnny’s new release, “I Hear Other Voices!!! “I suppose it’s the record I always wanted to make with the guys, but we kept kicking that can down the road.” HLN fans will recognize Johnny’s arrangements of ‘Mama Said’, ‘So Much In Love’, ‘Little Bitty Pretty One’, and a beautifully stripped-down version of the Huey/Johnny penned ‘Naturally’. Oh . . . and then there’s Johnny’s duet with a young lady formerly known as Gabi Wilson . . . you put the pieces together! check it out!

Johnny Steps Out with El Cajon Single

Johnny just finished producing and mixing a track for his next-door neighbor’s band ‘El Cajon’! Practicing safe social distancing protocol, Johnny ran cables over the fence from one house to the other to capture the lead vocal track . . . enjoy!

Johnny Colla’s “Lucky Devil” now available for digital download

JOHNNAAAYYYYYYY!!! For the first time ever, Johnny’s long lost 2002 release “LUCKY DEVIL” is now available for download worldwide via iTunes, Spotify, and all the usual download and streaming sites. ALSO . . . a handful of hard copies have recently been unearthed, and there’s a great rendition of HLN’s “Time Ain’t Money” that (according to Johnny) is closer to his original conception of the song. CHECK IT OUT HERE!!!

Huey Lewis Anthology From Leila Gerstein & Kapital Set at Fox with Script-To-Series Commitment

From EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Fox has landed an hourlong anthology series from 1980s music superstar Huey Lewis, Hart of Dixie creator Leila Gerstein and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project, a co-production of Fox Entertainment and Kapital Entertainment, has received a script-to-series commitment.

Written by Gerstein, each season of the Untitled Huey Lewis Project is a self-contained romantic comedy inspired by the music of a beloved pop star. Huey Lewis sets the beat as the inspiration of Season 1, which interweaves a present day love story with a teen rom-com set in 1986. It is conceived as an homage to the great rom-coms of the ‘80s and ‘90s and a reminder that the Power of Love is, indeed, a curious thing.

Lewis and Gerstein executive produce with Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment.

The anthology series is based on an idea by Kaplan, who considers Lewis a true idol of his growing up. He pitched it to Lewis during a meeting set up by Lewis’ agency, Paradigm, and the singer-songwriter agreed to partner with Kaplan on the project in the room. The duo approached Gerstein, with whom Kapital developed legal dramedy The Underlings at Fox during the 2016-17 season. Lewis and Gerstein instantly hit it off creatively, and she came on board as a writer.

After creating and showrunning Hart of Dixie for four seasons, Gerstein went on to work on such shows as Mrs. America, The Handmaid’s Tale and Looking For Alaska. She’s written projects for Hulu, HBO and Apple, and is currently developing an original show at Netflix with Michael Green. She is repped by WME, Kaplan/Perrone and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine.

Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated Huey Lewis and his band Huey Lewis & The News have sold over 30 million albums and netted a slew of Top Ten singles over the years with hits like “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “I Want A New Drug,” and the Oscar-nominated “Power of Love” (You can watch the official music video below.) Launching to international superstardom in the early 1980s, they remain one of popular music’s most enduring and beloved acts, and were included on Billboard’s list of the Top 125 Artists of All Time. In February 2020, the band released Weather, recorded at the band’s own Trout Farm studio in Marin County, CA, their first new album of original material in nearly two decades.

As an actor, Lewis played Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago on Broadway. He also appeared in the movie Duets with Gwyneth Paltrow, and guest-starred multiple times on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland. Lewis is repped by Paradigm.

At Fox, Kapital has the upcoming animated series Housebroken, comedy pilot Pivoting and a crime drama procedural in development based on the true-life experiences of professional medium Tina Powers.

By Nellie Andreeva
Co-Editor-in-Chief, TV at