Former youth football teammates reconnect in Los Angeles

tporter@lsjournal.comJuly 20, 2016 

  • Kill Em L.A.

    Four-part web series airs on KillEmAllTV.com

    New episodes will air July 26, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.

    Series stars Jesse Pringle, a former resident of Lee’s Summit.

Jesse Pringle worked the red carpet during the invitation-only Los Angeles premiere of the web series “Kill Em All LA” like a seasoned pro.

For Jonathan Aldridge, the drill was old hat having covered the entertainment scene nationwide for his Maverik Productions company.

Pringle is the writer, producer and star of the series, a L.A. based spin-off of critically acclaimed “Kill Em All,” a crime drama based in Kansas City.

Aldridge is the producer of the Inside LA Show. He covered the event.

Both are graduates of Lee’s Summit High School and former youth football teammates.

After 20 years, they re-connected Saturday in Los Angeles for the official kickoff to the new four-part series which debuted yesterday on KillEmAllTV.com.

New episodes will air July 26, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.

“We haven’t seen each other face to face in 20 years,” Pringle said of the reunion. “We were able to come together and do our jobs.”

Aldridge spent part of last week in Las Vegas then flew to L.A. to cover the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports awards on July 14. He is in Las Vegas prepping for his Inside Las Vegas Show. He high-tailed it back to Los Angeles on a whim Saturday evening for the red carpet, then jetted back to Vegas later that evening. He said the back-and-forth was worth it to support a fellow classmate.

“Being on the red carpet with him… I cannot put that into words,” Aldridge said. “That was really cool.”

Pringle is a former stunt man in Hollywood with a few acting credits under his belt. He reveled in the pageantry of being the main attraction at the star-studded event.

The latest series stars Pringle, veteran actor Richard Tyson, former Kansas City Chiefs player Pete Koch, and MMA and UFC legend Don Frye, among others. Errol Sack is the director.

“I was humbled to be among so many talented actors and actresses,” Pringle said, adding Kansas City-based film critic Shawn Edwards co-hosted the premiere with him.

In “Kill Em All L.A.,” Pringle’s Carson McCullough is on the run from the Italian mafia in Kansas City. He arrives back in Los Angeles with his old pal Quinn Flanagan (Tyson), who has made enemies with the Mexican and South American mafia.

The series promises to be a wild ride, Pringle said.

“I developed a lot of new enemies and a lot of new allies (in the show),” he said. “Carson is still an anit-hero like he is in Kansas City.”

His former teammate and classmate, Aldridge, said he was equally impressed with the series’ production and its L.A. coming out party.

“This Kill Em All Series is solid,” Aldridge said. “When you see the quality of it, you’re not going to find a better-produced show or a better-cast show. That show has legs and it’s going to go very far.”

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