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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by astrohip, Jan 7, 2021.
It didn't help that the Chief of Staff is 5'10"...
I noticed that as well... wait, though you were talking about The Watch
Yeah, another tiny woman standing next to tall people...
I knew that this was originally developed around the Jack Donaghy character but I'm not convinced that they're actually filming in LA.
I'm almost certain that the pilot was filmed in New York and I'm not sure the second episode was filmed here either.
(The only scene that looked like it might have been filmed here was the scene with Holly Hunter outside the Mayor's Mansion on her bicycle. Unless a place like Staten Island has those type of street lamps.)
The production company also appears to be getting a New York state tax credit which may or may not be for Fey and Carlock's New York production office.
I was thinking that this was going to be a New Yorker's idea of what Los Angeles is like but if this is set in the same bizarro universe (or same type of universe) as 30 Rock and Kimmy Schmidt, that could work.
The only joke I liked was the airport one (ORLY and O'Hare), but then it's kinda of out of character to have the straight-laced Arpi joking about a child's name.
And what kind of name is Arpi anyways?
I once knew somebody whose initials were K.C. and went by Casey.
(Alternately, singer Katie Tunstall spells her first name KT because when she was first starting out she didn't want to be confused with Katie Melua.)
It did kind of have a 30 Rock feel to it, though 30 Rock was written much better. But there's also a reason why I didn't watch the era of SNL that Tina Fey was on. Sometimes the the writing can feel like it's there to amuse the writers themselves more than us. I found that sometimes with 30 Rock too, but the ensemble was was great, so I can get around it. But I see enough here that it could get better. I do think the original concept would have been better though.
At the end of the episode I noticed the little NY State logo that is on most shows filmed there. It's really odd considering how so much of TV is produced in and around LA, yet a show ABOUT LA is done in NY. That just seems wrong.
It was reported in December that they had to shut down filming at Universal due to Covid-19 cases, and then this month, they delayed returning to work until January 11 due to the current Southern California surge.
I suspect the New York State tax credit is for post-production.
The El Segundo scene sure looked like El Segundo High School where many shows are filmed. And the Kings training facility with mascot Bailey is nearby. Bailey often makes appearances in El Segundo.
Thinking about it some more this morning, the High School scene looked like it could have been filmed here.
So, I'm moving more to the side that the second episode was shot in Southern California.
I'm still of the opinion that the pilot was shot in in New York though.
Benito Martinez and Rachael Dratch have been "East Coast actors" of late plus the webs say Tina Fey did an unbilled cameo as Mayor Delgado's aide.
(I haven't gone back and checked yet.)
It's not uncommon though to shoot the pilot in one location and then have production move to another if the series is picked up.
Possibly watching both episodes back to back clouded my judgement.
(But some of the camera angles in the second episode looked like they were trying to hide stuff. Which they may have been. Just not things like the Manhattan skyline.)
I thought that 30 Rock was mediocre in the beginning (and I think I took some flack for saying so).
But it got much better and I did enjoy it most of time, once I realized it was set in a bizarro universe.
I didn't really love it though like I did Kimmy Schmidt.
I agree. I remember that Sorkin' series about an SNL type show came out the same year as 30 Rock and while not a comedy they were compared quite often and I have to say I liked that one better. But 30 Rock got better as it went along. I'm hoping that this develops the same. I watched Kimmy Schmidt for a time but got bored with it. After awhile it just didn't seem that funny.
I had the same reaction. I thought the first season was amazing, but by the end of the second I was just bored.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It was sadly a one season show, the only one of his shows that didn't run multiple seasons. Great ensemble cast.
Yep, that's the one. I really liked that show, but sadly it just didn't take off. Maybe it was a bit too meta (which I have problems with normally but for some reason not so much with that show). It was a ratings disaster but I liked it.
Pretty much agree. The best part of 30 Rock in the beginning (until *it* figured out it was a bizarro universe) was the theme song. Then it hit stride and I loved it.
I liked it better than the first season of 30 Rock.
I liked that one too.
I liked Liz and Jack, and sometimes Kenneth, and I tolerated Tracy because sometimes he was funny.
To risk extending the sidetrack, Studio 60 had such a great pilot episode. I've watched it a few times now.