Of course Cybele was right last week at the Red Lion when she told me that the darling of the local theater scene and “quintessentially L.A.” playwright Justin Tanner (“Coyote Woman,” “Pot Mom,” “Zombie Attack!”) pitched his soul to the devil ó I mean Aaron Spelling… no I do mean the devil ó and is creating/exec producing the pilot airing Sept. 2004 for the potential hour-long weekly dramedy: “Silver Lake.” Previous small-screen involvement for Tanner has included “Gilmore Girls” and “My So-Called Life.”
Here’s the plot summary from tvtome.com: “This drama revolves around a record store owner who uses his psychic abilities to communicate with the dead and help them resolve issues they left behind.” It will star “Dawson’s Creek’s” Kerr Smith and Sandra Bernhard has signed on to play a psychic.
Cybele pointed out that the record store will be modeled after Silver Lake’s beloved Rockaway Records on Glendale Boulevard. And apparently, unlike the recently failed SoCal neighborhood sudser “Pasadena,” which was filmed in Canada, “SL” will aim for authentic location shoots in and around the neighborhood. Sooooo looking forward to that.
Update (posted 04.08): Leading off the April 9 L.A. Weekly’s “A Considerable Town” column is a piece titled “Silver Lake 90026” by Jon Alain Guzik that’s all about the Spelling invasion.