LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square has become a lot of things in recent years — a hip, up-and-coming neighborhood, a new restaurant row, and now, a sitcom.
Logan Square resident Kenny Zdanowicz wrote the storyline for the web sitcom, which he characterizes as being in the style of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and he and friend and director Brian Pelletier shot the pilot in Zdanowicz's apartment over the weekend.
The show follows roommates Logan, Jason and Lana, and Lana's love interest Adam, doing the kind of things that roommates do.
In the pilot for instance, the roommates put personal ads up on Craigslist to see who gets the most responses.
"It something that actually happened when I was living in Florida," Zdanowicz said. "My friend broke up with her boyfriend so we got her to put an ad on Craigslist. She got so many responses, it weirdly made her feel better."
He originally wanted to call the show "Wicker Park," having written it while still living there, but Pelletier reminded him there was a movie of the same name.
"Brian said 'We need to change it. We can't name it after a horrible Josh Hartnett movie,'" he said.
Zdanowicz had moved to Logan Square about eight months ago and was planning on filming in his apartment anyway, so he changed the main character's name from Lucas to Logan to seal the deal, and "Logan Square" was born.
While they hadn't intended the sitcom to necessarily be about the neighborhood, Zdanowicz said they do hope to make use of its offerings and eventually film in area restaurants and bars.
"It's very eclectic neighborhood, and we would love to show it off," he said.
At its heart though, it's going to be the everyday roommate stuff that he plans to put in future episodes, which they hope to get moving on after the first one is finished and posted on the YouTube channel Outlicious.
Pelletier, who does the editing, has to go out of town for two months for his day job as a flight attendant but hopes to have it edited and ready to post by May or June.
"Depending on the reaction we get from it, we're going to see if we do more from there," Pelletier said.