4 not-so-smart guys get bad advice in a new TV series filmed at the South Bay – Orange County Register.

Filmmaker Adam William Ward began sketching and writing his comedy series Bad Advice in late 2020 while in the COVID-19 bubble.

The seven-episode series, which premieres in Hermosa Beach next weekend, is about a group of friends enjoying the sun and surfing of the South Bay while dating and trying to make ends meet.

Ward, a Redondo Beach resident, enlisted his brother, Charlie Ward, who lives in Hermosa Beach, and his roommate, Stephen Schaffold, to play the “dumb guys” who hatch schemes to pay the bills while a mad landlord constantly in and out of her life.

The main cast live locally and most episodes were filmed in the South Bay. There are 100 locations in the episodes filmed from March 2021 to March 2022.

“I would say 80-90% of the shows were filmed here, from the beaches to the cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the restaurants,” Ward said.

Audiences can see the first four episodes of “Bad Advice” in a free screening Saturday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater. After the screening, the Vista, Pier Ave. 11, held an after party.

Ward said it’s important for his cast and crew to see their work on the big screen.

“I want to pay them their dues,” he said.

Ward has worked on other films, including the TV show pilots Three Guys and a Couch in 2011 and Parole Officers in 2013, and the 2018 feature film Wally Got Wasted, also set in South Bay was filmed.

In Bad Advice, Ward, who wrote, starred, produced, directed and edited the series, said he wanted a four-star show. Jordon, the character he plays, he said, is the straight guy that ties it all together. Jordon is surrounded by “mad or neurotic characters”.

Charlie Ward, who has guest-starred in his brother’s other films, plays Brad, a “himbo,” an attractive but not-too-bright man, Adam said of the character. Brad is a struggling actor who surfs — mostly on other people’s couches.

“He’s a Spicoli character that never really grew up,” said Charlie, referring to the iconic stoner character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, played by Sean Penn.

Schaffold, who had a line in Wally Got Wasted, plays neurotic Greg, a “loveable loser” who constantly finds himself in compromising situations after receiving bad advice.

“I’m a pretty quiet guy in my day-to-day life, but this character gets to those really elevated places where just the neuroses are something of an overtake,” said Schaffold.

Charlie and Schaffold had previous acting experience.

When he moved to Los Angeles in 2001, Charlie attended film school and planned to pursue acting as a career. But he found it almost impossible to get a break.

“Then the city kind of eats you up, so you find ways to make money,” Charlie said. In his case, he is now a creative executive in advertising at Paramount Studios.

Schaffold got his start in acting while studying at NYU in the early 2000s. He moved to LA to act, but then “some life events happened” and he started taking a different path. He is now a manager at a non-profit organization that provides services to people with disabilities.

Both came out of acting retirement to help Adam with Bad Advice.

“I really didn’t think I’d do it again like it did once,” Schaffold said. “Adam said, ‘Do you want to do this show?’ I said, ‘Okay, yeah, why not? Let’s do this.'”

Adam knew that acting was something he wanted to pursue early in life.

The Ward brothers grew up in Bucks County, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.

Adam discovered his passion for acting in high school and then went on to study film at Hawaii Pacific University. He then studied at the Baron Brown Studio acting studio in Santa Monica.

The filmmaker began auditioning for as many projects as possible and starred in 11 short films in 2009.

Adam then went on to star in three feature films in 2010 and had a role in The Last Act, which opened in 2012. He met Ronald Quigley, who plays Dallas innkeeper on Bad Advice when Quigley was the director, and acted in The Last Act.

Charlie called his brother Adam a great director.

“He wears a lot of hats, but he has a great sense of how to communicate with an actor,” Charlie said of his brother.

Charlie added that he was a little intimidated to be on his brother’s show.

“It was like learning to speak, it was a process,” Charlie said. “But I always felt very comfortable with him.”

A short shoot not only required Charlie and the rest of the cast to quickly learn their characters and lines.

“You had to know right away how your character would speak and interact with the other characters,” Charlie said.

Adam said they would shoot for three days and then have four days off, but during those days off he would find the next locations and cast the other actors.

Adam said there are about 100 cast members on the show.

Adam said he’s grateful that local businesses allowed him to use their locations throughout the seven episodes. These included Dominique’s Kitchen, Panela’s Brazilian Cuisine and the Beach Cities Cafe in Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Pizzeria in Manhattan Beach.

Adam added that the second episode was filmed at Jolie and Jason Schlossberg’s Manhattan Beach home.

“They let me take over their house for nine days, and they didn’t even know me,” Adam said. “The friendliest in this community was so amazing, so helpful.”

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