Pop icon Lisa Loeb filmed a scene for her
upcoming E! Entertainment Television reality series, "#1
Single," in DUMBO on Monday. The singer-songwriter - still
wearing her signature cat-eye specs - was spotted shooting on
Washington Street, then moving inside 111 Front St. to ogle the
works at the Nelson Hancock art gallery.
"The show is based on real life, and real life brought me to Brooklyn," Loeb told GO Brooklyn. Many of Loeb’s friends live in various neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and her brother’s family recently moved to the borough.
Hancock is a friend of Loeb’s buddy from her Brown University days, Stephanie Ittleson, who took part in the scenes filmed on Nov. 21.
Loeb’s "#1 Single," which will premiere on Jan. 22, is an eight-part series that tracks the "newly single" musician as she moves back to New York City from Los Angeles and embarks on her quest for "love, success, career and family" via the city’s oft-publicized cutthroat dating pool.
"I decided to do a reality show, because I talk a lot on stage when I’m performing, and one thing that stands out the most to me is that the people who come to my show really like to relate to what I’m saying," Loeb said. "That connection is really important to me, and I think that being a mid-thirties woman dipping back into the dating pool is something other people can appreciate."
The gallery shoot, which lasted about an hour, included Loeb’s sister Debbie and Loeb’s two college friends, actors Michael Panes and Stephanie - grouped together in a tight huddle and chatting quietly in front of one camera. A couple of gallery visitors blithely mingled about in the background.
The small crew and cast were relaxed, although the week’s filming schedule was described as "intense," by Loeb’s manager, Janet Billig.
Loeb said she would be filming scenes on the L train on the following day.
"I don’t live in Brooklyn, but some of my friends and family do, so I have spent a lot of time in Brooklyn recently. I really like Brooklyn. It has good restaurants and good stores," said Loeb, who has also been featured on a segment on fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s E! show, which will air in December. "I really like Bird and Baby Bird; they’re really cute [Park Slope] clothing stores. But I missed going to that pizza place in DUMBO, Grimaldi’s, so I’ll have to come back out."
On hand Monday as an "extra," as he called himself, was Don Burmeister, director of the neighboring Safe-T-Gallery, who commented that these were "not the kind of people you normally see here" and that the shoot represented "more action than you normally see around here on a Monday morning."
Loeb’s no stranger to TV work, having co-starred with Dweezil Zappa in The Food Network series "Dweezil and Lisa," a weekly culinary adventure show that debuted in January 2004. But the Grammy-nominated artist is best known for her 1994 hit "Stay," which was featured on the "Reality Bites" soundtrack. Loeb is in New York now to work on a new album.
"All kinds of things have happened," Loeb said of filming the series. "I’m not an over-dramatic person, so it’s not going to be a Whitney-Houston-and-Bobby-Brown show. It’s real life, and I live a more subtly humorous life. It’s not crazy, but there’s definitely some real-life drama involved."
The "#1 Single" reality series will premiere on Jan. 22 on the E! Entertainment Television cable channel. For more information, visit www.LisaLoeb.com.
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