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.
Just to recap, Top Chef has already spent seasons in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago. They've also had special episodes and finales in Napa Valley, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Aspen and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Traveling to interesting and even exotic locales is part of the fun, giving the contestants a chance to incorporate the regional foods and the style of that part of the world.
Okay, if the suspense is getting to you -- I know it is -- go to the jump and see where season five of Top Chef is going to be...
Well, as I mentioned before, and what should be no surprise to anyone who watches the show, Prison Break will not be shot in Chicago during the second season. Instead, the crew is heading to Dallas, Texas to start shooting the second season starting in mid-June. Apparently they had also looked at Austin, but Dallas seemed to suit their needs better. Unlike Chicago, the people of Dallas know the show won't be sticking around beyond the second season, as story development will call for relocating to different cities. Garry Brown, a producer for Prison Break, has a home in the Dallas area.
Thanks to Radical Bender, who hepped me to this on my other post.
The first season of Prison Break was filmed in Chicago at the Joliet Correctional Center, as well as various locations around the city. However, come next season, the show will no longer be taped in Chicago. The producers state that it has nothing to do with the city itself, but that the story calls for the move. I suppose, given the name of the series, that they would have to move to locations beyond the prison at some point. Officials in Chicago were aware of this, but there was hope that at least part of the second season would still be done in the Windy City. As it turns out, Chicago won't be part of the second season at all.
The season finale of Prison Break airs tonight at 8 p.m.
The BBC is reporting that the Dallas movie has found itself a director, and she's British. This makes perfect sense to me, as I once lived in Dallas and couldn't believe all the British people that were everywhere. "Spot o' tea with your grits?" they would say.
Okay, but seriously, the film does have a director now, Gurinder Chadha, who also helmed Bend It Like Beckham. Apparently Robert Luketic, their first choice, backed out for creative reasons. The same story reports that both John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez will be playing the roles of JR Ewing and Sue Ellen, respectively. This piece claims Luke Wilson and Shirley MacLaine are also "expected to appear in the film." It further states that the producers are trying their best to have the movie shot in Dallas, though other cities have tried to lure them away. Either way, I have the feeling that all the noise leading up to the movie will turn out to be more entertaining than the movie itself.
Despite being the city in which the popular television series was based, the upcoming film adaptation of Dallas may not actually be shot there due to high costs. Some private fundraising is being planned in order to create incentives for the studio to bring the film to the city where the TV series took place, but like all films, cost will be the deciding factor in whether or not Dallas actually comes to Dallas. One producer maintains that Dallas is naturally the first choice, but it's still too early to know for sure. The reality of movie making, however, is that the celluloid version of Dallas will be whatever location is most economically viable. If producers do decide to venture elsewhere for a location, I hope the residents of Dallas will take some consolation in the fact that movies these days are rarely filmed in there supposed "actual locations." For example, Mission to Mars wasn't actually filmed on Mars. Frankly, I find that inexcusable.
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