Showrunner Greg Garcia's anthology-style comedy The Guest Book premieres Thursday, Aug. 3 on TBS. The series chronicles accounts from a guest book that lives in Froggy Cottage, a vacation cabin in a small mountain town called Mount Trace. Garcia's previous hits My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope, are known for their eccentric cast of characters, so this new series may deliver on the same front. The offbeat characters featured in the show are fictional, but is the place they all visit fictional too? Keep in mind when you're planning your own vacations that Mount Trace isn'ta real town.
Just like Camden (My Name Is Earl) and Natesville (Raising Hope) before it, Mount Trace is also a fictional creation. But I assume that the goal is for Mount Trace's bold characters and poetic — though, sometimes twisted — stories to be so well-developed and honest that the town starts to feel like a real place.
While the show is not based on an actual town, real guest books did inspire the series. According to an interview in The Huffington Post, Garcia would entertain himself, and perhaps a few strangers, when he would leave funny short stories in guest books at cabin resorts across the country. "I was amusing myself," he said. "Then over time I started to envision that these stories could come together."
While each episode of The Guest Book takes place at the same Mount Trace cabin resort, the guests and stories change every episode. But there is a standing cast of locals for the audience to get attached to: a small town cop, a local doctor, the dancer from the low-rent strip club, and, of course, the cabin's desk clerk.
Before getting to know the quirky visitors and residents of Mount Trace, the town's businesses, and local flavor, let's look back on other series where a community became a character. I can't imagine these shows taking place anywhere other than their fictional, memorable towns.