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IC Bar Becomes TV Show Set

IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) -- The clapper board snapped shut and the director yelled "Action!" and Short's Burgers and Shine turned into the set for the series pilot for a potential television show, "Hotel P," on Wednesday night.

The show was written and is being produced by a set of Iowa natives, who are hoping the production quality and Hollywood actors catapult the pilot into the hands of network executives, and onto TVs nationwide.

Short's became the scene of a flashback, after the lead character Thomas -- played by R. Keith Harris from "Big Fish" -- wakes up at The Lodge in Bettendorf, and finds out he is in purgatory.

"You wake up in the room, you have no idea where you are, what's going on. I'm in a suit -- why am I in a suit?" Harris said.

"It's basically 'Lost,' but it takes place in 'The Shining,' mixed up with 'Scrubs,'" said producer and director Joseph Heath.

Heath picked up the story from his longtime friend and writer Mic Van De Voorde, also an Iowa native. Van De Voorde does manual labor by day, and writes at night. Heath has always worked in film, and Van De Voorde has always sent him scripts, but nothing has ever stuck -- until now.

"He sends me this, and I'm ready to do it on my own dime for, like, five grand. And all the sudden he shows up and he's like, 'I got money!'" Heath said about Van De Voorde finding funding for the film.

"It's amazing, to say the least. Thousands and thousands of email rejections, and it just magically kind of happens. Very humbling," said Van De Voorde.

The cast and crew want to turn the spotlight on Iowa.

"All of my projects would stay in Iowa," Van De Voorde said.

And they are hoping to take the potential series to a huge audience.

"Shooting for the stars, it would be great if it got picked up, ran for eight years, whatever," said Harris.

"I hope it gets picked up by HBO," Van De Voorde said, with a thumbs up.

Until the show is in the can, their fingers are crossed.
 
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