TV veteran Lon Zimmet’s writing and producing credits include Delighted Endings, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Scrubs, and he’s the creator and executive producer behind the new Fox comedy LA to Vegas, set on the weekly Friday and Sunday flights in between LA and Las Vegas The LA local, who calls Vegas “just among my favorite locations to be,” spoke with the Weekly about his program’s origins and its connections to our city.
LA to Vegas.
What’s your personal experience with visiting Las Vegas? When I initially vacated to LA, it was right when ESPN beginning airing the World Series of Poker, so a great deal of people started getting very into poker. And fortunately for me, my daddy was a big card gamer, so I grew up playing cards. So I found that as Vegas was exploding with people getting interested in poker [who] had no idea ways to play, I could get in there and make some loan playing them.
When you were making those journeys, did you see a few of the exact same guests and flight team each time, as on the show? You definitely see the same sorts of people. You start to acknowledge the types– the people flying out just to bet, individuals flying out just to obtain unbelievably screwed up for the weekend, the people flying out to be strippers, which is the huge thing on the LA to Vegas route. Just on the flight from Vegas back to LA do you arbitrarily sit next to the politest porn star worldwide using to provide you some water.
Is there any opportunity you’ll get to shoot in Vegas this season? Probably not this season. Hopefully we’ll be a big hit, and then they’ll open up the bag and after that we can come to Vegas for a month and do all of our things.
Exist any Vegas movies or TV programs that motivated you? Nothing that’s directly motivated this [program] I enjoy The Hangover, and I feel like I viewed National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation at a time that was impressionable for me, so that a lot more of that movie than I expected has stuck to me. But no, I seem like there haven’t been, in the last 15 years– aside from The Hangover– truly renowned Vegas films or TELEVISION shows. So ideally we can encapsulate a minimum of a few of that.
How included are executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay? They weighed in a lot throughout the pilot, as far as casting-type things. They were very useful. Now they have actually been extremely helpful in putting weight behind whatever they require to, however mostly it’s been sort of hands-off and trusting us to do it and letting us do our thing.