Fans of the British TV series Spaced, starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes (who created the show along with New Beverly Cinema pal and Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright), have been good and pissed off about the announcement of the show’s impending Americanization. Part of the reason is that Spaced is already as perfect a TV program as you could hope for, and secondly no one involved with the original series was even consulted about its US import, despite what was published in the trades at the time. As a result, teh interweb is aflame with petitions, rants, and boycotts against what fans, Edgar, Simon, and Jess themselves have dubbed McSpaced. I could try to condense the finer details for you, but Edgar already posted about it on his MySpace blog, so read that instead.
What’s this have to do with Los Angeles?
It seems that in spite of all the negative reactions (including a somewhat dubious pilot script review), they’re actually shooting the damn thing. If this production sign is to be believed, then Little Tokyo is playing host to McSpaced as we speak. The picture was snapped as I drove by the intersection of Central and 2nd in Downtown this afternoon.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go find the set, jump in front of the cameras right as the director calls “action” and give everyone the finger, but you would be my hero/heroine if you did.