Reid: You’ve covered all the bases, haven’t you?
Luke: And once you get in Oakdale, there will be a car to take you to Memorial hospital. We’ll be waiting.
Reid: With flowers and candy, I hope.

— Reid and Luke

Eric Sheffer Stevens and Van Hansis news: Updates on I Hate My Teenage Daughter, LLRT, Doctors without Borders, Wedding Day, PSYCH and more…

A bunch of quick updates, many courtesy of the Crew at ESS.com.

First, the makers of Lefty Loosey Righty Tighty report that they are about ready to start submitting to festivals as well. They are very aware that many fans donated and are looking forward to their premiums (DVDs, etc) and have not forgotten us! The Crew quoted, in part, from an email from the filmmakers:

We’re one round of sound fixes away from completing the film, and we’ve started the process for submitting to festivals…I wish I could give a concrete date as to when our premier will be, but it’s contingent on our acceptance to festivals…we are prioritizing Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Slamdance….What all this means is that the premiere of the film will likely be sometime next year.

So stay tuned!

In the meantime, more good news on the Eric front: NOVEMBER filming dates have been posted for IHMTD.  That means FOX has ordered at least ten episodes (including the pilot) – all of which will be shot before the first episode airs, so no matter what happens to the show – whether it flies or dies, I would guess these would likely be shot. That’s great news for anyone who can make it to LA to watch the screenings!

In case you missed it, Eric was present among his cast mates from FOX’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter in their panel appearance at the TCA (Television Critics Association) Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles in July. Says Wikipedia,

A TCA Press Tour allows the major television networks, cable networks and the Public Broadcasting Service to present their slate of upcoming programs to a large group of press writers from different outlets all at once through panels and interviews. These biannual conferences involve registered TCA members staying at a chosen Los Angeles venue for two to three weeks, and each network is assigned a series of days to showcase their programming.

At any rate, photos of Eric on the IHMTD panel, as well as arriving at the post-panel FOX Party (where he must have rubbed elbows with glitterati including the cast of Glee, Dylan McDermott, Joshua Jackson, Paige Turco (ex-Dinah, GL) are all over the fansites. I think the best gallery can be found on the Associated Press site (though many are watermarked) and in the gallery at ESS.com. There are several photographers who covered the events, so there are plenty to choose from. Here are a few of the best (check out the scruff- thud!).

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The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers campaign at FirstGiving.com closed on 19th August 2011 with $24,277.70 in total donations. Nearly $25,000! Wow! Not bad for a little “fringe fandom!” Go, Team Reid!

Also on the ESS front, Eric Sheffer Stevens now has a mailing address. I can’t guarantee that he will read the mail that he gets there, only that mail will be accepted at this address on his behalf.

As for Van, he posted on his Facebook that his short, Wedding Day, will not start filming until September. He also posted a hysterical craiglist “personal” seeking a viable Republican candidate (is that an oxymoron?). What I just discovered is that some of his longer posts are stored in his “Notes.” You still have to be Friended to view them, but at least you don’t have to wade through 15 million pages of fan art to find what he has to say. The posts are few and far between (only 7) but they include the craigslist post, as well as his OCCUPANT call to action, and some thoughts on writing, reading, Planned Parenthood, and nature vs nurture (though, as he points out, not in a sexuality context – at least I think he means context; he wrote “content”).

Also, as widely reported, PSYCH’s sixth season now has an official premiere date of October 12th. Though their official website has yet to be updated, among other sources, the official PSYCH twitter account, @Psych_USA tweeted on August 12th,

Let the countdown begin – Two months until the ultimate watch party! Gus & Shawn return on Oct 12th for the season premiere of @Psych_USA!

Let the countdown begin, indeed.

In miscellaneous news, the fabulous Trent Dawson (Henry, ATWT) is up for an acting award. As reported on the SoapCentral boards:

I just learned that Trent is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role ("The Revival") for an NY Innovative Theatre Award (it’s an off-off-Broadway award). I hope he wins! He was terrific in the part! The show is up for a total of 7 awards, including best production, director and featured actor.

And Sean Hayes is set to star in a new NBC sitcom (due in 2012) about a gay couple raising a 12-year-old son. Sean, of course, is multi-talented, but best known for playing Jack McFarland, Will’s sidekick on Will & Grace, a role which earned him an Emmy. Entertainment Weekly picked up the announcement from the TCA press tour and added,

Though gay portrayals on TV have made significant strides in recent years, especially thanks to ensemble shows Fox’s Glee and ABC’s Modern Family, a show centered around a gay couple would be unique in the current broadcast TV landscape.

It gets better, indeed.

Last, I posted on Facebook, but didn’t have a chance to post here (trying to get my Simple Gifts update done!), but last week marked the one-year anniversary of the fan trip to see Eric in Vermont Shakespeare Company’s Much Ado About Nothing. It was my first fan event ever (unless you count attending a championship parade with a milion other sports fans), so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What we got were two sensational performances, fabulous weather, late-night pajama-party squeeing, and great friendships.

So, in honor of the epic girls who graciously let me sneak a fanvid into the LuRe rewatch marathon, I’m reposting the video that debuted that weekend: More Than Friends (by Aaron and Andrew).

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More on Eric’s mailing address, I Hate My Teenage Daughter filming dates, a new picture of Eric from Much Ado About Nothing along with Vermont Shakespeare Company updates – all after the jump…

I Hate My Teenage Daughter tickets and filming dates

As posted previously, free tickets are available at TVTickets.com. This is an opportunity for fans who live in the LA Area (or who can get themselves there) to watch Eric Sheffer Stevens (and Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran and co., of course) film an episode of the multi-camera sitcom, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, live.

Tickets are free, but you must reserve tickets in advance. The site offers tickets for most shows starting 30 days prior to show date. Some key bits of info for fans thinking of attending:

Our show calendar and order form automatically update between 8:00 and 8:30am (M-F Los Angeles time) to display shows scheduled for the next 30 days.

Most of our shows accept advance reservations from organized groups of 10 or more and fundraising opportunities may be available! For more information about fundraising and free group tickets (10 or more) please contact our Group Dept.

Guests for shows where the audiences do not appear on camera are encouraged to dress casually and comfortably. In order to compensate for all of the hot lights and equipment on the sound stages, the air conditioning is sometimes cranked up pretty high so you might consider bringing a light jacket or sweater just in case it is a bit chilly in the studio. (This was confirmed by ESS fans who attended the pilot taping earlier this year)

Most half-hour comedies take at least 3 to 3 1/2 hours to tape or film an episode. The actual time that you’re in the studio will depend on a number of factors including possible re-takes of scenes (the "bloopers" you don’t see at home), wardrobe or set changes or technical problems. Please allow enough time for your visit to the studio.

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In case you’re wondering what it’s like, Kate Davies did two great recaps on her blog, which you can find here and here. (She also has some great additional photos posted, here). I was given permission to repost/link to additional recaps here. And my own recap of seeing Eric live in Much Ado can be found here (worth the trip).

If you think you can make it, it appears to film on Tuesday evenings, with a week off after every three. As of today, only Sept 13 is within 30 days, so it’s the only show available, but these are all the published dates when filming is planned:

★ 9/13/11 ★ 9/20/11 ★ 9/27/11 ★ 10/11/11 ★ 10/18/11 ★ 10/25/11 ★ 11/8/11 ★ 11/15/11 ★ 11/22/11

Mailing address for Eric Sheffer Stevens

The Crew at ESS.com took the initiative to contact the production staff at IHMTD and they are accepting mail on his behalf. Let’s hope the show is a winner and that he’ll be reachable there for a long time to come. Here is the post from the ESS.com forum:

Please keep in mind that Eric would prefer well wishes or donations to charities over gifts, if you would like to send him a letter telling him how much you appreciate his work and wish him well on the series I’ve gotten the following information from Warner Bros PR guy. He says the cast of IHMTD is a lot of fun and he’s looking forward to working on the show. Fan mail can be sent here:

Eric Sheffer Stevens
c/o I Hate My Teenage Daughter Production Office
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
USA

Vermont Shakespeare Company news and a new photo of Eric!

In their latest newsletter, Vermont Shakespeare Company reports that they have again received (a very well deserved!) Community Arts Grant from the Vermont Arts Council to support Shakespeare in the Park! They also announced an October event featuring Sheffield Chastain (Dogberry from Much Ado), Mark Roberts (Leonato), as well as founders Jena Necrason and John Nagle. The event is billed as:

Vino and the Bard
An Evening of Wine and Words

October 1, 2011
5:30PM
North Hero Community Hall

Join company favorites Dan Matisa, Sheffield Chastain, Mark Roberts, Jena Necrason, and John Nagle as they take on some of Shakespeare’s most iconic roles! This unique evening features wines by local grower East Shore Vineyard, and combines Vermont’s best Shakespeare with Vermont’s best wine.

Tickets are $25, available by reservation at 877-974-1911, or purchased at the door.

Visit us at www.vermontshakespeare.org

This was accompanied by a new photo of Eric in his secondary role as one of the bumbling Watchmen (pictured below). Eric managed to steal the scene twice in this bit role. Wow, what that man can do with a neckline! 😉

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3 Responses to “Eric Sheffer Stevens and Van Hansis news: Updates on I Hate My Teenage Daughter, LLRT, Doctors without Borders, Wedding Day, PSYCH and more…”

  1. Joann414 says:

    Thanks for the great update on the guys. Very glad that you have given an opportunity to send mail to Eric, and also keeping us abreast of everything. Thanx so much

  2. mmc says:

    What great updates LL!While i know about Vans because of Fb and helping to get the word out about Occupant, I’m glad you updated us on Eric too.those photos of Eric with that longer curly hair and the scruff make him look soooo good.The fall will be great for us with all of their projects available for us to see.i love these guys and will never forget the story of LuRe.I wish them both the best and will continue to follow them both but my heart belongs to my sweet and beloved Van.I’ll get some fan fic into fan fic one day soon.Thanks for your great posts!…

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