Circuit Breaker Interview: Jim Dooley and Bo Welch Delve Into ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

One of the most unusual and whimsical television shows this season is “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

Based on a set of 13 novels, the series follows the Baudelaire orphans, three kids whose world turns upside down after the deaths of both of their parents. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to live with a distant relative, Count Olaf, who is intent on taking the Baudelaires’ fortune. As a result, the siblings are sent from one temporary guardian to another, narrowly escaping Count Olaf’s clutches time and again.

Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris stars as dastardly Count Olaf. Patrick Warburton is Lemony Snicket, the narrator with the unfortunate task of relating the sad tale of the Baudelaires. Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith are Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. There is also a who’s who of supporting and guest performers that includes Sara Rue, Alfre Woodard, K. Todd Freeman, Joan Cusack, David Allen Grier, and even Executive Producer Barry Sonnenfeld.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Composer Jim Dooley, and Production Designer Bo Welch about their work on the series.

Jim Dooley took over composing for season two after James Newton Howard’s Emmy nominated work on the first season. Dooley has worked on dozens of films, series, and other projects since getting his start nearly twenty years ago.

Bo Welch has worked in production design since the 80s. His list of credits is full of familiar titles, including the “Men in Black” series, “Thor,” and “Batman Returns

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” seasons one and two are available globally on Netflix.