The next workplace TV comedy may feature plastics, and if it does, expect to see California injection molder Precision Molded Plastics Inc. in a cameo appearance.
A production crew was at the Upland, Calif., custom molder shooting footage to use in a pilot about the human resources department in a New Jersey plastics plant for the pilot episode of a show for Fox television on April 1.
There were no stars there for the half-day of shooting — the show is still officially untitled, although names such as “Plastic People” and “HR” have been mentioned. It would star Patton Oswalt as the “new eccentric CEO” of a New Jersey plastics plant and Judy Greer as the human resources leader.
But Jeff Schaffer, who is both executive producer and director for the pilot, was there at Precision, taking advantage of the opportunity to learn more about plastics and the setting for the potential show.
“Plastics is something that everyone uses every day and never thinks about,” Schaffer said in a phone interview during a break while filming in Los Angeles. “I used to look at all these little things and knobs and parts of a lawn mower and parts of a water bottle and think: ‘Someone makes these.' It made me very curious.
“It was very interesting going to Precision because I felt this is a company that makes all these things that I've been wondering about.”
Precision, founded in 1979 by Ted VanVoorhis, began as an electronics specialist. Ted's son David VanVoorhis is now president and CEO, and the company works across a range of end markets, from medical and defense to consumer products.