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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Echo Park’s 6 minutes and 25 seconds of fame

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:

“It’s majorly important that I get in there.”
“I think your band is just major.”
“Again, with the majorness”

There might be some Echo Park scenes in upcoming episodes but I’m not sure I can take another six minutes and 25 seconds of this. I will probably go back to watching highlights of “Jerry Springer Meets the Echo Park Neighborhood Council.”

Photo from theWB.Com



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