Happy Monday boys and girls! Last week we had a double dose of great news when it came to jobs! To quickly recap, we found out we have not one, but two shows opening offices here in Wilmywood next month.
First up, TNT’s Good Behavior. After shooting the pilot here in October, the producers and writers fell in love with Wilmington and our crew base. And we were all like, “Well yeah! Of course they did!”
The crew has told me on multiple occasions how great the set was, how easy it was to work with producers/writers Chad Hodge and Blake Crouch, and they bragged about the excellent quality of the show. So of course it was fingers and toes crossed for all involved for a return to our fabulous Port City. They also hoped the pilot’s director Charlotte Sieling would return as well.
Last week, TNT made the announcement that Good Behavior got the green light and will shoot 9 more episodes.
The fabulous Dale Williams will be the UPM on this project. From what I hear they plan on opening offices at the end of January and will begin shooting in the first week of March. They will be shaping up the pilot, then they will shoot nine more episodes. That will bring our NC film crew employment until around the end of June.
I caught up with our NC native, Blake Crouch, over the weekend and he had this to say:
We are absolutely thrilled and grateful for the chance to continue Good Behavior. We wouldn’t have gotten here without our tremendous Wilmington crew. We share this success with them. Can’t wait to return!
See that crew? It’s official, you are indeed that awesome!
Blake is from the Piedmont area and already has a television series on the air — the adaptation of his trilogy Wayward Pines (great read BTW). Now although Pines got a second season pickup from FOX, Chad Hodge won’t be returning to the FOX show. We get to keep him here in Wilmington.
The show stars Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery and Juan Diego Botto.
TNT’s ‘Good Behavior’ Chooses Wilmington for Season One
Now as for the second series, Six coming from the History Channel, David Brightbill will be UPM on this one and he is “looking forward to working at home!” He is not alone. There will be quite a few folks returning home from working out of state due to the lack of productions. (Yeah, don’t even get me started about that). The latest is that Six will open offices the first week of January, get about 6 weeks of prep in and begin shooting around mid-February.
History Channel to bring ‘Six’ to Wilmywood.
Quite a few of you have asked me about casting and crew calls. There is nothing yet. I got up with our Wilmington Film Commissioner Johnny Griffin to be sure and he said that things will probably be quiet until we get past the first of the year. Johnny is optimistic about the coming year. “2016 is looking good as we are starting off with a bang so early in the year,” he said. “The response from L.A. is a positive one from this point. ”
There is quite a bit of interest in Wilmington right now, so let’s hope we can keep the momentum going!