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'Upfront' and personal with Wilmywood TV

This week’s upfronts brought us some delicious surprises. We’ve waited patiently throughout this long winter for premiere dates and sneak peeks of newly minted television shows, and the networks did not disappoint. (I mean, with the exception of open-toed footwear, upfronts are the beacon of spring — in my mind, anyway.) Although the upfront parties raged in New York and Los Angeles (the main goal is to get advertising dollars, after all), let’s take a moment to reflect upon the TV magic that is happening here in Wilmington, North Carolina — or, as I like to call it, Wilmywood!

Sleepy Hollow

SH-PAS-R9-01_LY2The Fox upfronts were Monday, and their second annual Fox FanFront event exploded on Twitter (note to networks: if you want to create a social-media frenzy, invite your fans). What we learned: Sleepy Hollow has been renewed and is giving us five more episodes than last season, which I alluded to in April. Yep, 18 episodes of pure monster madness for season 2! Production began on May 5, and producer Ken Olin directed the premiere episode, titled “Hellfire.” Yes, I used past tense, as the Sleepyheads are currently working on episode 2×02, “The Kindred,” here in Wilmywood, featuring Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin. Our founding father has a recurring role.

I spoke to Lyndie Greenwood, who plays Jenny Mills, last week at a charity event, and she was very happy to come back for season 2: “It’s so exciting to be a part of something that’s this big that I really believe in. It’s a beast, and it’s very rewarding when you finish an episode and sit back and watch it. But the work that we put into it to get there, yeah, it’s a lot of work.”

Now let me give you a little behind-the-scenes details: This show, like Lyndie said, is indeed a behemoth. They have a minimum of 350 local crew members working their tails off and killing it, especially in the construction and set-decoration departments. They are taking up about half of EUE/Screen Gems soundstages and the back lot. They are also building more sets in other locations. Plus, we see them around the streets in Wilmington every week, so get ready for some cool new sets and fresh locations this season! Sleepy Hollow will continue to air Mondays at 9 p.m., but this time we won’t have baseball to deal with, so episodes will be back-to-back (most of them, anyway).

Fox hasn’t put out a new promo yet; however, they are asking for your consideration for this year’s Emmys.

Secrets and Lies

On Tuesday, ABC had much to say about our newbie show, Secrets and Lies, starring Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis and Natalie Martinez. The show centers around Ben Garner (Phillippe), who goes from a good family man to murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s 4-year-old son in the woods. Detective Andrea Cornell (Lewis) digs for answers and uncovers the, you guessed it, secrets and lies of the town. This mystery thriller is based on the original Australian series that aired earlier this year.

135075_2UPr2cr_preABC shot the pilot in Wilmington in February. Even though the show had a 10-episode commitment, no one knew for sure if they would continue to film here. When ABC announced they would be returning, this town blew such a huge sigh of relief, we thought a hurricane was coming! I’m happy to report that they will be opening offices next month, and will shoot the remaining nine episodes starting in July. I am sure the ladies of Wilmington won’t mind spotting Ryan Phillippe on Wrightsville Beach this summer. Sorry, squirrel! Back to topic.

Secrets and Lies will have a midseason premiere in March 2015, with a 10 p.m. time slot. This series will be a little different in that it’s an anthology. Similar to American Horror Story or True Detective, every season will have a new case and suspect, which means a new cast. Whether they will have some cast members continue throughout the seasons, like Juliette Lewis’ detective character, for example, is unknown at this time.

Regardless, Wilmywood is very glad to have this cast back for the summer and fall. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the promo:

Under the Dome

Now, where my Domies at? Wednesday brought us … well, not much. In fact, we already know everything we need to know about the CBS show. Under the Dome is gearing up for its June 30 premiere. Currently they’re shooting episode 8 and, like Sleepy Hollow, have added another soundstage. I think locals see Under the Dome cast and crew out and about more than any other show (I mean, how can you miss that scene pictured above, with Dean Norris?!).  The show is staying in its Monday-night 10 p.m. time slot.

While we are still waiting for a new promo to come out, here’s the promo they put out a while back.

That’s it for Wilmywood upfront news! It’s gonna be a very exciting summer, fall and mid-season. As always, I will keep you posted on all the behind-the-scenes action here in Wilmywood, so stay tuned!

You can find out more on your favorite shows by reading The Wilmywood Daily.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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