University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point student television station, SPTV, is
creating a new sitcom that will premiere sometime in the spring semester of
Eric Zahn, a news producer for SPTV, got the idea for “Lack of Communication”
from a short film some students had created for a class.
project followed the relationship between SPTV and 90FM and their continued
miscommunication as student organizations,” Zahn said. “I decided I wanted to
create a show that was in the same vein as that, but it would focus only on the
show would use the SPTV office and studio space located in the Communication
Arts Center for a set, with students’ homes providing backdrops for the comedy
characters that will be portrayed in the show are members of SPTV.
play exaggerated fictional versions of ourselves. Acting comes a little easier
when we’re portraying ourselves. At SPTV, we’re really all just a bunch of
characters and we mesh together well as a group.”
said that he drew inspiration from The Office, a workplace television show
with quirky characters.
great example of an ensemble comedy that works because of its well-rounded
cast. Another show that inspires me is Community,” Zahn said. “The writing on
Community is incredibly clever and quick paced; they’re able to fire joke after
joke at you. The pop culture references are great as well.”
has written two episodes so far and has ideas for a few more.
are some great stories planned for the series in the future that include things
like power moves made at the managerial end of SPTV and a support group that
gets out of control. I’m really excited for that one to come to fruition,” Zahn
can be streamed online at www.uwsp.edu/stuorg/stv or on cable channels 98 and