Newspaper article Roll Call

Why Can't We Be 'Friends'?

Newspaper article Roll Call

Why Can't We Be 'Friends'?

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Local filmmakers view the little strip of pavement known as H Street Northeast as fertile ground for a prospective sitcom-within- a-sitcom.

"It's one of our favorite areas to go," Joel N. Clark said of the rapidly evolving neighborhood he and his buddies have chosen to highlight in their "H Street" pilot.

Clark tells HOH the show will, at least in part, mimic the documentary-style format embraced by several successful network shows, such as "The Office" and "Modern Family."

"Basically, you're watching one show. Then we cut out and you're watching the creators of that show argue," he said of the multilayered concept.

The pilot was shot last September, with the crew essentially taking over the Argonaut -- filming took place from midnight to 8 a.m. -- for most of a week. "They left us a chef, handed us the keys and let us do our thing," Clark said of the incredibly accommodating locale.

Rather than inserting the viewer into a ready-made clique, the pilot thrusts together the destined-to-be-central characters via a series of jarring circumstances, including a disastrous "Date Lab" outing (bleeding heart gets matched up with a black Republican Hill staffer) and a plotline-driving robbery. …

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