I found this HBO pilot snippet online today
Keep your hopes grounded - by Rick
We got the pilot in at work. I was a big fan of their stand-up special on HBO, but the show is pretty disappointing. The songs meander on too long, the comedy in between is pretty weak (except for one really hilarious turn by Eugene Mirman), and it just feels a lot like Tenacious D, except in NYC and with accents. There's even a super obsessed fanbase of one. I was told the show finds its own voice after the pilot, but from what I saw, it's only okay.
Now while this is only one persons opinion of the pilot, its interesting to note a few things he says.
a) The songs meander on too long
A full song, if indeed thats what they are in the series might work well. On the other hand, when you consider the radio series and how some songs wafted in and out or only a part of them was used to good effect, it'll be interesting to see how the music side of things fare in amongst TV comedy. I did read about a music video has been recorded for every episode. If these are included in the show, I do wonder how they will work.
b) The Tenacious D comparison.
I think quite a lot of people are going to be using that, if only because they don't know how else to describe them to others. I have never ever considered them even remotely close to what the D do. Mind you, I've never seen an episode of anything the D have been in. I've seen the odd film, TV interview and own an album. Which I happen to like a great deal. But Conchords are like the D? Not really. Alas people wanting to find something to liken the Conchords to will possibly grasp at the Tenacious D thing and run with it. Anyone expecting such in your face antics as the D uses are in for a big let down. The Conchords are far more subtle and laid back.
c) The super obsessed fan base of one
Ummm wasn't that used in the radio show? We had the 'do it for the fan' line and also the super obsessed fans in Kipper and Tracy. So while there were two fans in the radio series, I kind of feel the super obsessed thing has been done before. And while TV is of course a different medium, for me I hope for more new material in the HBO series and to not hear too much stuff reworked from the BBC series.
We've already seen Bret singing his song to his lady friend and then the camera panning out to include Jemaine in the shot. Something thats been done in the radio show (only of course we've not seen, only heard it) to brilliant effect. Seeing it on TV will be cool but I'll know it already.
I know most people watching the HBO series are going to be completly clueless about the radio series, but for some reason knowing that material already, it'd be nice to see new stuff. Of course it'll be there, the guys improvise, deviated from the script, so it'll be a combination of old and new, but to most people it'll all be new.
Ummm yeah, mindspill over