AMC's Lodge 49 at TCA: Jim Gavin credits Thomas Pynchon for the idea of the frat comedy show
In a recent TCA panel, Peter Ocko, the showrunner for the AMC series said that 'Lodge 49' is a lot like a palate cleanser so that people can go back to watching complicated shows
'Lodge 49' is to hit the small screen this August and the makers of the show are super excited about the comedy. In a recent TCA panel, Peter Ocko, the showrunner for the AMC series said that 'Lodge 49' is a lot like a "palate cleanser". "The 'great' shows still feel like homework," said Ocko who also serves as executive producer, "We see our show as a bit of a palate-cleanser so you can go back to the hard work of watching shows about complicated robots."
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.
Creator, writer and executive producer Jim Gavin credited author Thomas Pynchon's work for helping him outline the concept of the show, reports Deadline. The American novelist is known for writing complex and dense material. "I can take you to the place in Manhattan Beach where he wrote 'Gravity’s Rainbow'. He’s big for me."
This show is a mix of stories from fraternities like the Elks, the Masons, and the Rosicrucians, none of which have the best reputation overall. This negativity surrounding the topic of fraternities is something that the show wants to address. As Gavin had said earlier at the 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.
While the concept itself came to him when he was working as a plumber, the story itself was inspired by his personal life. Just like Dud, the protagonist of the show, Gavin's family too had suffered a significant loss. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the show's setting feels pretty real. "Sunday in Sunny California seems particularly strange and full of dread if you’re me," he said commenting on the show's authenticity.
Paul Giamatti ('Billions') who is an executive producer of the series was also stoked about the show. "I knew right after I read it that I wanted to be a viewer of this thing. I wanted the joy of being able to watch it."
Additional executive producers include 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 p.m. on AMC.