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Here's why Michael Lange is excited about Eddie's!
Celebrated director Michael Lange, known for his work on X-Files, Northern Exposure, and Greek is very excited about his work on the new comedy series Eddie's.

"If you want to get into the television biz, I'd advise you to take a second and think about whether or not there is any single other thing in the world that you are good at. If there is…do that instead." While that's the standard advice director/executive producer Michael Lange gives out to novice professionals seeking to gain entry into the industry, it's most definitely a red herring.

Lange reveals, "If I tell anyone that and they pursue another vocation, it means they weren't meant for this industry. You have to be able to take rejection and you have to persevere in trying to create something original and beautiful. The kind of people who are wired that way don't give up easily."

Lange knows of which he speaks. His involvement in a number of incredibly popular productions with both critics and the public vets this. As a director, he's known for his work on Golden Globe award winner Northern Exposure for which he received multiple DGA nominations for his directing and the award in Directing for Comedy in '93, FOX's five-time Golden Globe Winner X-Files, andABC Familly's Greek. This year he has taken the director's chair for the upcoming TV series Eddie's which centers around the clients of a fictional bar in Venice, California.

With his diverse body of work, Lange finds himself these days drawn to projects about people and human interaction. Eddie's is about how people care for and help each other negotiate their way through life and the occasional blows it deals. As social beings, our lives' are enhanced when we work with each other rather than against. It was this perspective (via writer Alex Scrymgeour, so full of heart, which attracted Lange to the production. It also afforded the director a bit of a reunion with many he had worked with from ABC Family's hit TV program Greek (DP Jules Labarthe, Tony Prado, Nellie Nugiel, and Katie Baccaro). The cast includes a number of familiar faces like Eddie McGee (Big Brother-first season winner, ShooterNCIS: Los Angeles), George Wendt (CheersFletch, Portlandia), Nikki SooHoo (The Lovely Bones), Alyssa Gabrielle Rodriguez (Silicon ValleyLongmire), and numerous others.

The cast and crew made it possible to achieve an immense challenge Michael had for the first episode. He explains, "It was my crazy idea to shoot it in two days as a conceptual experiment. I wanted to create an authenticity in the show and help the audience feel as if they were at the bar with us. I explained to everyone that we were going to think of the shoot as a more of a theatre experience, combining the scenes so we would be able to keep them flowing. Three cameras captured all of the moments. The rush at the end of the final day of shooting, having accomplished such a challenge, was pretty damn memorable."

Eddie's is most certainly a comedy. Still, it aspires to do something that almost no modern productions do; create an environment in which people differ in their perspectives but find common ground upon which to literally and figuratively break bread. By spotlighting what we share, even if it is different, the show allows us to be among each other without strife. Of course, none of that would work without the talented Michael Lange presenting it in this manner. Scrymgeour has created characters who subscribe to this peaceful ethos of a kinder era and Lange has taken great care to manifest it on camera. The director describes his attraction to the story and characters noting, "I think what sets Eddie's apart is that all of the characters in the show care about each other. The comedy comes from the heart and not from meanness. So many shows on TV today are populated with nasty characters whom I'd have no interest in hanging out with. Eddie's is judgement free; a place where you are able to be whoever you are as long as you're not hurting anyone else. It's refreshing to see a show that takes places in an environment where I'd like to hang out."

Art not only depicts our current time but, in its most benevolent form, also inspires us. The creators of Eddie's models for the viewer the very real potential of different types of people not merely coexisting but actually finding a way to care for each other. Michael Lange confirms that he is happy to use his talent and recognition to further such an agenda, and to do so with humor and heart via Eddie's.

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