The founding members of The Farm — which produced C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, upon which Spelling Bee draws its material — created the independent pilot which screens at the showcase competition.
Saltzberg, who portrays Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in the musical, appears in ""A/V Club" with fellow original cast member Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who is already starring in the new fall sitcom "The Class" on CBS). Original characters from the downtown play C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E appear in "A/V Club" (in a new environment) which finds "middleschoolers, played by adults, [who] are each gifted in their own way but misunderstood, seeking refuge in this underground organization."
The pilot episode follows a newly inducted A/V club member who is the deciding vote in the club's next project: either Logainne's chicken patty expose or Tanya's pop culture fluff piece.
The second annual NYTVF which will showcase 22 original pilots for its annual Independent Pilot Competition runs in midtown Manhattan Sept. 12-17. A panel of celebrity jurors will select winners. The 2006 NYTVF also presents panel discussions for both industry and general public audiences, a series of red-carpet network premieres and more.
"A/V Club" will screen at The Director's Guild Theater, 110 West 57th Street, as part of the New York Television Festival "Comedy 2" program Sept. 14 and Sept. 16. The free screenings require advanced reservations by calling (877) GO-NYTVF (466-9883). For more information visit newyorktelevisionfestival.com.