Vancouver, B.C., gets a lot more action because of its similar appearance and lower production costs. However, the “Grey’s Anatomy” cast reportedly loved being here this summer, and its fire station-based spinoff may film part of its pilot locally. Stay tuned.
Seattle is a hot setting for TV shows this fall with no fewer than three prime-time series, in addition to ABC mainstay “Grey’s Anatomy,” set locally.
But other than “Grey’s,” which returned for the first time in years to film some scenes in Seattle for the show’s upcoming 14th season, and its potential spinoff, none of the shows is expected to film significant scenes locally.
ABC’s long-running “Once Upon a Time” (8 p.m. Oct. 6) reboots its story this season, moving the action from Storybrooke, Maine, to Seattle, but production remains in Vancouver, B.C., the most frequent production center to double as the Emerald City.
“It looks the closest to Vancouver and truthfully New York just felt done to us,” said Edward Kitsis, “Once Upon a Time” executive producer alongside Adam Horowitz.
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“Once” saw some of its characters — Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) — depart at the end of the sixth season in May. The new season begins with a grown-up Henry Mills (Andrew J. West) embarking on a new adventure in a new location.
“After six years in a small town that was kind of cut off from the world, we wanted to do a different approach, be in a big city where it’s not just fairy-tale characters but real-world people as well,” Horowitz said.
Kitsis said “Once” will rely mostly on Seattle stock footage, including of the Fremont Troll.
The sophomore run of Fox’s “The Exorcist” (9 p.m. Sept. 29) packs up its exorcising priests and moves them from Chicago, where Season 1 was filmed, to an island off the Washington coast, which will be played by Vancouver.
“It doubles pretty well for Seattle and we’re not spending much time in Seattle proper,” said “Exorcist” executive producer Jeremy Slater. “The vast majority of the season is set on this island off the coast of Seattle in this creepy old house in the middle of the forest.”
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