AMC's 'Lodge 49': A funny take on the world of cheap beer, easy camaraderie and promise of Alchemical mysteries
'Loge 49' is a light-hearted tale about a man named Dud who finds his footing on the doorsteps of a fratenal lodge after losing everything to his dad's passing.
If you are looking for a must watch this summer, look no further. AMC's 'Lodge 49' is set to make its debut this August. The light-hearted modern fable is set in Long Beach, California and follows a disarmingly optimistic local ex-surfer, Dud (Wyatt Russell), who’s drifting after the death of his father and collapse of the family business. Dud serendipitously finds himself on the doorstep of a rundown fraternal lodge, where a middle-aged plumbing salesman and 'Luminous Knight' of the order, Ernie ( Brent Jennings), welcomes him into a world of cheap beer, easy camaraderie and the promise of "Alchemical mysteries" that may — or may not — put Dud on the path to recover the idyllic life he’s lost.
Created, written and executively produced by Jim Gavin ('Author', 'Middle Men') alongside showrunner Peter Ocko ('The Office'), this show looks like it is set to be a ball. While there is a lot of negativity surrounding the topic of fraternities, this show aims to take a different turn.
As Gavin put it, speaking at Series Fest in Denver, "I don’t know that [we were] knowingly trying to make something 'counter-programming' or to counter the unending horror of the news, but maybe those things contributed to trying to create a world that could be like I was describing the lodge itself — as a refuge for people, very flawed people, who often are doing the wrong thing but do care about each other on some level.
This is a personal story for me, as far as kind of losing everything, watching my family lose everything, so that’s where it starts. I think if we were trying to knowingly make something along those lines, it wouldn’t be what it is. It was more just an expression of some inner need that we maybe didn’t even know we had."
The concept itself came to Gavin when he was working as a plumber, he revealed. "I worked in plumbing for a while, so that’s why I figured America was clamoring for tales of industrial plumbing sales. [Laughs] But really, I would say, the actual story, I had this image in my head for a long time of a young man knocking on a door and an older man opening. That was it. It was almost unpacking the meaning of that—everything that would come out of that. The pilot, we were trying to throw you into these characters lives. I think there’s hopefully some sense that they’ll meet, and halfway through the pilot, that happens. When I was writing the pilot, it was just trying to figure out who those people were, and the meaning of that moment, which is the whole show."
Additional executive producers include Paul Giamatti ('Billions,' 'Sideways', 'Outsiders'), Dan Carey ('Outsiders', 'Hoke', 'John Dies at the End', 'All Is Bright') and Jeff Freilich ('Halt and Catch Fire,' 'Grace and Frankie').
'Lodge 49' premieres Monday, August 6 at 10 pm on AMC.