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You can't be a jerk at Eddie's place!
This new TV comedy provides a place where everyone is welcome in a family friendly production.

Many people these days are frustrated and take to Twitter, Facebook, or some other form of social media to vent. It can be cathartic but it rarely offers a means of making others feel better. While many of the professionals in media are accused of inciting discourse, some of the creatives in Hollywood are in the process of offering the inverse…namely, Eddie's.

That's a bit cryptic so let's pull the veil back and discuss exactly who or possibly what is Eddie's and how it might bring union rather than strife. This is the goal of those behind making Eddie's and the initial offering which appears poised to do exactly what it intends to achieve. 

Eddie's is a fictional bar loosely based on Big Dean's in Santa Monica, one of the oldest bars in LA (dating back to the early 1900s). The team of writer Alex Scrymgeour and producer Julie Scrymgeour wanted to present stories about people in a bar that was…well, perhaps not what you'd typically expect to be occurring in a bar. First of all, Alex was insistent that the show be family friendly. He also wanted it to be congruent with the disposition/mindset of Eddie McGee; his friend, actor, and one-time bouncer at Big Dean's. Scrymgeour had witnessed McGee time and time again interacting with bar patrons in a friendly, respectful, and yet firm manner. It was the writer's contention that McGee set the tone for the room which others followed. Having McGee in the title role was essential in creating the type of attitude to be portrayed. 

Eddie's is a character driven comedy which celebrates our differences as people instead of making fun of them. In the pilot episode McGee says "Don't be a jerk" and the implication is that this is his own personal motto as well as his instruction to employees and customers. There's a climate of judgement and division in society and the show Eddie's seems to model a way of interacting that rejects this. Alex relates, "I feel the time is right currently for a feel-good comedy where all are welcome, there is no judgment, and no mean characters being celebrated for doing mean things. It's time to bring some niceness back into the world of television.?In today's age where all you see on TV is division, I want to bring a show that celebrates unity. The characters on Eddie's all have their differences but there is unity in the group with people's differences being celebrated with understanding and with love." 

The ensemble of Eddie's is large but several central characters stand out. The show's namesake is played by the aforementioned Eddie McGee, first ever winner of Big Brother (CBS reality show hit and accomplished actor whose credits include NCIS: Los AngelesMutant XLaw & Order). Eddie the character is a tough New Yorker living in LA but his sense of fairness and empathy supersedes all. His East Coast demeanor presents a culture clash to the laid back West Coast attitude. George Wendt (perhaps best known as Norm from Cheers) is The Captain, nocturnal working supplier of fresh fish to Eddie's. He's witty, somewhat crass, and has been a fixture of the bar since time immemorial. Jacob Zachar is a do or die Canadian writer who has moved to LA to pursue his dream, living in his car until Eddie gives him a job. Will Shivers appears as Daren Willis, a tech nerd in search of greater comfortability with social interaction. Niki SooHoo (as May Hardy), Kunal Dudheker (as Arjun Puri), and a host of other characters represent the diversity of LA and the clientele of Eddie's

Part of the genius ofEddie's is that it portrays how everyone struggles. The workers, the patrons, even the proprietor can experience some type of obstacle. Sometimes in understanding how others share difficulties as we do, we can better relate to them. Some struggle socially while others struggle to make a living and even others struggle to find love. No matter the trials and tribulations of life Eddie's is always there welcoming. Be a good person and treat others right and you'll have a home at Eddie's or as The Captain says, "Eddie's is safe harbor for all."  

This is the very core of what this television show wants to say and it's the opposite of what the overwhelming majority of most actually do say. Great characters and great storytelling transcends politics whether you are conservative or liberal. It doesn't matter your political views, Eddie's is open to all who want unwind and feel good at the end of a long day. In its simplicity, Eddie's transcends the complexity that has become day to day communication. 

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