Lance Bass develops TV show featuring Palm Springs inn

November 13th, 2013 | by Will Dean | Comments
Lance Bass. Getty Images

Lance Bass. Getty Images

The famous guests and goings-on at a Palm Springs landmark may soon be the centerpiece of a new television drama.

The Ingleside Inn, which sits downtown at the corner of Ramon and Belardo roads, is the setting for a scripted show involving Lance Bass, formerly of ’N Sync and “Dancing with the Stars.” Bass, who frequently visits Palm Springs, recently said he’s working on the series, which would be set in the 1970s.

Considering the storyline is based on a book by Mel Haber, who bought the inn in 1975, the timing makes sense. Haber is known to regale patrons of the inn and its restaurant, Melvyn’s, with stories about encounters with his celebrated visitors.

“I’m excited about it,” Haber said. “I think it would be a great show.”

While the development of the show is “not that far ahead,” Haber said the treatment he read is funny and it’s being shopped around to cable networks by Mark Burnett Productions. Burnett is the British TV producer behind such hits as “Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank” and others.

With that kind of support, Haber is optimistic about the show’s chances of being developed. But he remains pragmatic.

“We’ve got the biggest company working on it, so we’ll see,” he said.

Ingleside Inn owner Mel Haber. Photo by Richard Lui

Ingleside Inn owner Mel Haber. Photo by Richard Lui

Before Haber took ownership and renovated the Ingleside Inn, it was owned by Winston S. Cowgill III and Ruth Hardy. The property was built in 1925 as a private residence for Humphrey Birge’s family, who owned the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company. Learn more at

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