When everyone kept telling her the crazy antics of her security office could be a reality show, Koplan took a stab at her second dream by making a DVD of their typical workdays, unedited and uncensored conversations and behavior included. She sent it away to lifelong friend and reality programming agent, Matthew Saul, and then she waited. And waited. And waited. But her patience paid off in the end. Cable network AMC bit on the idea and Hollywood brought her second dream right to her doorstep. After a year and a half of filming, the first episode of the unscripted docudrama, “Small Town Security,” will air July 15 at 11 p.m. on AMC.
"I just still can't believe it," a very emotional Koplan said in a recent interview. "I'm still in awe. I don't know why I've always wanted to be a star. I would've liked for this to happen 20 or 30 years ago when I was younger, but I'm still young. I'm just so grateful for Matt Saul. If it weren't for him, we wouldn't be here. Everyone we've dealt with along the way has treated us like A-list stars."
“Small Town Security” is executive produced by Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver from Left/Right Productions. The first season is comprised of eight, thirty minute episodes, the first of which will be aired Sunday, July 15, at 11 p.m. (10 p.m. Central) on AMC, immediately following the season premiere of “Breaking Bad.” “Small Town Security” will also be available On Demand on Comcast and will be repeated during the following week. For a preview, go to amctv.com.
JJK Security, under the pseudo-Hollywood name of "Small Town Security," consists of an eclectic and largely dysfunctional staff, mainly featuring chief Koplan and her four-legged partner "Lambchop," her husband/marketing director Irwin Koplan; Christa Stephens, the secretary; Brian Taylor the private investigator/office manager and Lt. Dennis Croft, operations manager. JJK specializes in security, process serving and private investigation. A sixth member, Neil Miller, died after the DVD was made. Koplan described Miller as another "Redd Foxx" and said he always made her laugh uncontrollably and is very missed.
Aside from the zany antics of Miller, Koplan said the staff is still very crazy and entertaining. She said it isn't so much about the business as it is about the relationships of the JJK crew. Most of the "magic" is just the camaraderie among the family-like group. Cameramen were stationed in the office and also went along for the ride when Irwin or Croft had to conduct business.
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