You will be disappointed if you are looking for a lot of Echo Park scenery in “Rockville CA,” the new made-for-web series that debuted last night. The short “webisode,” one of 20 that will appear on theWB.com, is focused on the indie music scene at a nightclub called Rockville, which happens to be The Echo in Echo Park. With the exception of an evening shot of The Echo’s bronzed-baby shoe exterior, Echo Park doesn’t seem to play much of a role in the few minutes of the premier, which by the way includes 45 seconds devoted to credits.
What you will find plenty of in your six minutes or so of watching is the slickness, stereotypes and story lines typical of network TV. There’s the nerdy but articulate music lover, Hunter, who is attracted to the nerdy but ambitious music label rep, Deb, who is attracted to the hunky but monosyllabic base player Syd. Don’t forget the hardened club owner, Shawn, who I’m sure has a heart of gold, and a fade-into-the-background minority character, Hugh, an African-American doorman who reads. Much time is devoted to mocking the over-use of the word “major” and its many forms:
“Again, with the majorness”
Photo from theWB.Com