TV: DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

  • Delusions of Grandeur Blip TV Promo
    Delusions of Grandeur Blip TV Promo
  • Jake on set filming Delusions of Grandeur in Chicago
    Jake on set filming Delusions of Grandeur in Chicago
  • Jake and co-stars Molly Miller and Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel who star in Delusions, and play real people in Jake's life
    Jake and co-stars Molly Miller and Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel who star in Delusions, and play real people in Jake's life
  • Jake and cast shoot a scene outside of Chicago's famous Valois cafe in Hyde Park
    Jake and cast shoot a scene outside of Chicago's famous Valois cafe in Hyde Park
  • Behind the scenes during taping of DELUSIONS
    Behind the scenes during taping of DELUSIONS
  • Behind the scenes of promotional photoshoot in Chicago
    Behind the scenes of promotional photoshoot in Chicago

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Delusions of Grandeur was Jake’s first foray into situation comedy, and his third time collaborating with director David Sonkin. Sasseville first met Sonkin at a Starbucks in New York City when he was just 18. Together, they steered Delusionsover the course of it’s eighteen-month development. Delusions is a loosely scripted improvised sitcom, originally contracted to air on ABC Family. After being prematurely cancelled by the network it found a home online and thrived on BlipTV. It averaged 250,000 viewers an episode. The storyline of the eight-episode first season focused on Jake’s real-life, including a cast of friends and associates that were played by some of the the best improvisers from Chicago’s The Second City and Improv Olympic. Unique to Delusions is that after much frustration with his writing staff, Jake decided to fire the writers and chose to
bullet point outline the show with David Sonkin (36 hours before shooting). At the “read-through” with the cast, Sasseville and Sonkin surprised the cast and crew of thirty-six by shredding the 200-pages of scripts, and let them know that this would be an (almost) entirely improvised sitcom. Panic set in, but Sonkin and Sasseville were confident in their approach. The stream-of-conscious quality of the series was born from this place. Despite the last minute chaos, the crew never had to shoot more than two takes of each scene (a testament to the Chicago talent that the sitcom showcases). Delusions of Grandeur is executive produced by Jake Sasseville and Jeff Eisenberg (ABC, WE) and co-executive produced and directed by David Sonkin. The series was produced by Ava Martin (ABC, NBC, Style).

• November 18, 2015

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