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Review of "Lodge
airs Mondays on AMC
I binge-watched this show in September because I was
scheduled to interview Bruce Campbell, who plays Gary on the
show. At first, I thought it was a little too slow and
weird, but then it grabbed me and kept my interested. You
should definitely watch it because it's worth watching.
The show stars Wyatt Russell as Sean "Dud" Dudley, a Long
Beach surfer who's had a tragic life in the past year and is
having trouble dealing with it. Dud appears to be
happy and easy-going, but he's also got a lot of anger,
which makes him more interesting. However, he does seem like
a "Dud" at first. He has a sister who's trying to make a
living and pay back their deceased father's debt. He
sponges off her, as siblings often do.
Wyatt's life changes when he finds a button from Lodge
49, a local chapter of the Ancient and Benevolent Order of
the Lynx, similar to the Mason's or Elks' Lodge (except it
allows women). Wyatt gets excited about the lodge and the
meaning it brings to his life. He meets Ernie, who
becomes a friend and a sort of surrogate father.
The show is one part drama, and one part comedy, but it
also has a little mysticism thrown in. It's just really
good. The writing is fantastic, especially with regards to
the characters. They seem like real people, yet better. They
are quirky but not annoyingly so, like you might find in
some sitcoms. Most of the characters are
working-class, which is something you don't find in too many
In the show, Long Beach is not seen as the big city that
it is in real life. It seems like a small town - a failing
small town. The characters are "lovable losers" who have
been beaten down by life, yet they find hope and redemption.
Most of all, they find comfort in the friendships at Lodge
The show was renewed for a second season. Don't miss it!
with Bruce Campbell, who plays Gary.
My interview with
Brent Jennings (Ernie).
AMC announced today that it has greenlit a new drama
series called Lodge 49, produced by Peter Ocko (Pushing
Daisies, The Office), Jim Gavin (Author,
Middle Men), Paul Giamatti (Billions,
Sideways, Outsiders, Hoke), and Dan
Carey (Outsiders, Hoke, John Dies At
The End, All Is Bright) for AMC Studios. Ocko
also serves as showrunner.
Written and created by Gavin, Lodge 49 is a
modern fable set in Long Beach. The series is centered
on Dud, a deadbeat but charming ex-surfer who joins a
fraternal order hoping to reclaim the simple, happy
lifestyle he lost when his father died. Through the Lodge
and his newfound connection with the other members, Dud will
come to find the missing sense of purpose in his life and
confront his deepest fears and greatest hopes. AMC has
ordered ten one-hour episodes.
“Lodge 49 is a show that defies easy
categorization. It is, at once, a show about a loveable
loser, the idea that life can be magical if you look at it
from the right angle, what it means to be on the fringe, and
the importance of community. It’s also incredibly funny,
poignant and truly entertaining” said Joel Stillerman,
President of Original Programming and Development for AMC
and SundanceTV. “This is a formidable creative team
beginning with series creator Jim Gavin, show runner Peter
Ocko, and the awesome producing team of Dan Carey and Paul
Paul Giamatti said, “We are beyond excited to be doing
this unique show under the auspices of the fine folks at
Other key characters featured in Lodge 49
include Liz Dudley, Dud’s twin sister and Ernie Fontaine, a
middle-aged African American and long-time lodge member who
welcomes him into this mysterious new world.
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