By Rick Garner
Plymouth Rock Creative (PRC), a digital production company and IP creative house founded in 2011 in Massachusetts, recently wrapped production on its first comedic web TV series ~ “Adults Only” ~ which features well-known entertainers Danny Nucci (Titanic), Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”), Brian Austin Green (“Beverly Hills, 90210”), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Brianna Brown (“General Hospital”), Ronnie Marmo (“General Hospital”), Adrienne LaValley (television spokeswoman), and indie actor Todd Poudrier. The series will premiere on YouTube, on March 7.
Despite its “grown-up” title, “Adults Only” deserves a PG-13 rating (at most); as its title originates from the unique setting of the series: an adult video and novelty store. The web TV series is comprised of eight 8 – 10 minute episodes and will be released weekly on YouTube. The series was shot in six days on location in Mansfield and North Attleboro, MA, using a hand-held camera in high definition and quality sound modes. PRC is breaking new ground with this project because they are one of the first digital production companies focused exclusively on producing digital content for digital platforms.
“Adults Only” follows the life of Chance Rioux (played by Todd Poudrier), a middle aged former Olympian who must take a management job at an adult video and novelty store that his brother-in-law Mitch (played by Vincent Pastore) owns in order to make ends meet. While trying to conceal his identity from the public and adjusting to his new life, Chance meets Kris (played by Brianna Brown), a diner waitress on whom he develops a crush and visits frequently to escape the hysteria of his employees ~ Larissa (played by Adrienne LaValley), Crotch (played by Ronnie Marmo), and Shifty (played by the hilarious Sebastian Bach) ~ and customers. The series follows Chance through the ups and downs of his new life and the hilarious encounters he must face as the manager of an adult store.
The comedy in “Adults Only” is similar stylistically to groundbreaking TV sitcoms like “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FX), “The Office” (NBC), “Arrested Development” (FOX), “Happy Endings” (ABC), “30 Rock” (NBC), and “Community” (NBC). Its relatable conflicts and throwback characters are similar to classic sitcoms including “Cheers,” “Three’s Company,” and “Seinfeld.” To date, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to “Adults Only,” with its preview trailer receiving a 96% funny rating (out of 100%) on the comedy website www.funnyordie.com.
“Adults Only” was written, directed and produced by Jason M. Burns, chief creative officer of PRC. Ronnie Marmo assisted by directing Episodes 7 and 8. Burns, a MA native, does not travel by air and convinced each cast member to fly to MA for the week of filming ~ effectively bringing Hollywood to New England. Burns, who has been called the Woody Allen of web-based television by PopMatters.com, is best known for his comic book writing for Ape Entertainment’s (San Diego) licensed properties including Shrek, Megamind, Kung Fu Panda, and Richie Rich. He also wrote graphic novels for Archaia Studios (Los Angeles) for “Fraggle Rock,” and IDW Publishing (San Diego) for “Jericho,” (CBS) Season 3 (co-authored with the television series’ original creators) for which he was named to The New York Times Best Sellers list in 2011. Burns served as editor-in-chief for DreamWorks Animation’s (Los Angeles) comic book titles, working directly with the licensing department. He was named Best Indie Writer of 2008 by the Project Fanboy Awards, an annual awards program celebrating writers and artists in the comic book industry, as voted on by the fans. He has written and created a number of successful creator-owned comic book series as well, including Curse of the Were-Woman, A Dummy’s Guide To Danger, and The Expendable One, which is currently being developed into a major motion picture by Intrepid Pictures (Los Angeles).
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