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Goodbye, Philly: No more location shooting for Cold Case

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 9th 2009 9:00AM

Well, this is disappointing. That damn recession has hit show business, too! Cold Case isn't going to film in Philadelphia anymore. As fans of the show know, the Philly locations are like another character, giving the moody procedural a gritty reality that contrasts to the colorful flashbacks. It's really too bad because that local color is missed when it's gone. The shots of Miami in CSI: Miami, for instance, glamorize that program, even if they only drop them in occasionally. That's how it was for Cold Case with Philadelphia.

Well, not anymore. In the past, the CBS show would visit the City of Brotherly Love four times a year. Then it was cut back to twice a year. Now, no more visits. The directors and producers will simply have to fake it with Los Angeles locations or back lots.

The stars aren't happy about it either. John Finn -- who plays Lt. Stillman, Lily's boss -- said, "It's a big mistake. Philadelphia was our heart and soul. Love Park and Fishtown and all those places, you cannot recreate that anywhere."

Jeremy Ratchford, a.k.a. Detective Nick Vera, agreed with Finn. "There's something you can get in Philadelphia that you cannot get in Los Angeles. Like that Italian Market where the guys says, 'Howmany, howmany, howmany bananas?' Every major city in the States has a flavor. Our flavor is Philadelphia, and it's a shame we're not going back."

Sadly, it would seem that this is the cost of getting picked up. Cold Case was on the bubble last spring. Obviously, getting renewed doesn't mean that everything is as it was. Hopefully, the Cold Case crew will be talented enough to compensate for losing Philly.

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George S

The Problem will be when Philly Looses the SHow .Remember there appx 1,000,000 plus philly viewer,plus another 4 million in the surrounding counties,jersey,and Delaware who WILL tune out.We don't want to see the HOLLYWOOD sign,or Palm trees (that's not the Philly gritt style(blue collar).The show Will Die by moving...

September 26 2014 at 12:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That sucks...one of the MAIN reasons why I love the show is seeing the characters within Center City area, etc. (I went to school at Drexel)

August 10 2009 at 3:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Of course the recession has hit TV. Thanks to piracy and such, ratings and ad revenue have gone down while production costs have gone up.

Too bad that place not called Hollywood are victims of this as well...

August 09 2009 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roy Fraser

Kathryn Morris is such a talented actress. Her parents must be so proud.

August 09 2009 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm not sure how many tax breaks the industry receives. I know though that I am in Philly and over the last month or so there has been several movies filming in center city and of course, It's Always Sunny filmed here this summer. Obviously it was more important for the show to go cheap than go authentic.

August 09 2009 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LAME! Shows that fake it, especially when it is a rather unique locale, annoy me so much! Don't most cities and states have like ridiculously cool tax exemptions or whatever for filming there? Anyway, like I said... lame! And this was just for a few shots a year anyway? Ugh.

August 09 2009 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BC McKinney

They expired and have not been renewed--actually, there's still not a budget at all--which is also one of the reasons 'Three Rivers' isn't being filmed in Pittsburgh.

August 09 2009 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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