"Parks and Recreation” co-creator Michael Schur may do for San Diego what he did for Pawnee, Indiana: Make it must-see TV.
San Diego isn’t a fictional city like the one Leslie Knope (and friends) made famous, but if you were making a TV show about a city where people spend most of their time outdoors drinking beer, Schur couldn’t do much better than one that is repeatedly named among the best in the U.S. for its beer AND its weather.
Get ready for your close up, San Diego.
Buzz is already building after NBC confirmed that Schur and co-executive producer Josh Malmuth are working on a comedy pilot called “Abby’s” — no relation — that revolves around an unlicensed backyard bar in San Diego “where the regulars enthusiastically enforce a unique set of rules that give them a sense of community and allow them to avoid the frustrating behavior found at other establishments.”
I’m sure there are a number of real-life locals who would jump at the chance to frequent such an establishment.
Natalie Morales, known for recent roles in “Santa Clarita Diet” and “The Grinder,” will star in the show.
“Morales will play the title role of Abby, a no-nonsense, slight but strong ex-Army staff sergeant who did two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Warmly convivial but never openly sentimental, Abby has found her calling, hosting friends and newcomers in her open-air backyard bar, where locals find camaraderie and a kind of sanctuary. It's her livelihood and her lifeblood, and she's clearly unnerved when her new landlord shows up citing all kinds of reasons why the whole venture is illegal.”