Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Unsuspecting Grocery Shoppers Are Part Of New Sitcom

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some people look for bargains when they’re shopping for groceries, but the folks who shop at a certain grocery store in Reseda, California, also have to watch out for a camera crew.

That’s because the cast and crew of the upcoming new TBS sitcom 10 Items Or Less actually films at a real grocery store and turns the unsuspecting customers into extras.

The show’s creator and star, John Lehr, says all of the scenes are improvised by actors who interact with people as they roam the grocery aisles.

Says Lehr: “It’s a real, working store, so we are talking to real people while filming.”

However, he wants to make it clear that the actors never intentionally “punk people” and respect their wishes if they don’t want to appear on camera.

And since the show is completely unscripted, the actors are allowed to get “a little crazy” and Lehr admits civilians often get caught in the cross fire of the cast’s antics.

As he puts it, “We did a Supermarket Sweep episode and people were racing down the aisles and the camera guys were running – I’m sure people were like ‘What the hell is going on?”’

10 Items Or Less debuts November 27 on TBS.

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