Recently, the USA Network held a vote for fans to pick an episode that the show Psych would film.
One of the choices was where Shawn & Gus open their own Food Truck after the murder of a food truck owner to try & catch the culprit. It wasnt MY 1st choice. But it certainly seemed like everyone elses... and even though it somehow didnt win, they still made the episode.
Recently I caught them filming scenes for this episode in an area of South False Creek in Vancouver that I literally didnt even know existed.
They filmed there for 3 days. Two days 1 week, then another day the next week. I missed the 1st day, but caught them there the other 2 days.
On the 1st day I was there... I saw Shawn (James Roday) & Gus (Dule Hill) doing a variety of scenes in a food truck court. While many of the scenes were of the pair going up to other food trucks and talking to their vendors. The 1 I found best, was the 1 I heard best.
The 1st scene I saw done had Shawn & Gus, walking along offering free samples of their admittedly, delicious sounding foods (I wont spoil what it is, but imagine thanksgiving in a fried ball) to passer-bys when they are confronted by an angry fitness club owner (played by Sean Tyson) & a witty, Psych-esque banter takes place with the 3 before the fitness club owner forces Shawn & Gus to leave.
I've been to a lot of Psych sets over the time here & rarely do I ever find the scenes they shoot to be overly amusing (mainly because you rarely get to hear TOO much of whats being said) but this one made me smile a lot & took every ounce of my self control to not break out laughing on the set a few times.
Later on in the day they did some scenes at a few of the food trucks of Shawn & Gus asking different trucks owners questions & of course, trying their foods.
I found some of the names of the food trucks were brilliantly funny too. Whoever spent the time coming up with some of these names, genius.
India.Are.We, Meat & Mrs. Jones, In The Vegan-Ing, Gangsta Wraps & Mash&Grab (which Shawn & Gus are with) just some of the names I had a good chuckle at.
The menu at Mash&Grab was absolutely priceless as well. My friend took a photo of the entire menu and I nearly cried from laughter reading them.
I dont know who the woman in the Food Truck pictured is, but she had to be someone, as she got shuttled back with a cast vehicle & not with the extras. Also, I saw Kirsten Nelson at the set, but she never seemed to be in a scene. Perhaps just passing by & stopped to say hi to her cast & crewmates? Also saw 1 of the main writers Saladin Patterson on set.
I will have more from this episode soon. Including some other cast on set for scenes in the same food truck court, and a notable spoiler from the episode.
Recently, Psych, the hit comedy-drama from the USA Network filmed scenes for its season 8 finale. Which is also believed to be the series finale (I have been told by multiple sources it is the series finale, but no official word from USA yet).
On 1 of the days, I caught the cast & crew down near English Bay filming scenes so secretive that they did the very un-Psych like action of aggressively covering up any view of the scene.
While I do know what happened in the scene, for now, I wont spoil that. Instead, here are some photos of the cast & director Steve Franks on the set. James Roday, Dule Hill, Maggie Lawson & Kirsten Nelson were all spotted on set that day.
With Maggie Lawson leaving merely days after this shoot to start her next job on her new show "Back In The Game" in Los Angeles, this very well could be the last scenes Maggie ever shot for Psych.
I will have more from this set, with some grainy, more notable photos later this summer. For now...here you go. Also, coming soon, some photos from another episode they filmed outside a lot, about a murder in a food truck festival.
Over the last couple months I caught Psych out & a around a few times where there either wasnt much to shoot, or, in the case of the photos of 1 particular cast member in a outfit we have not previously seen him in, was asked not to post them right away (since they showed him in the said outfit at Comic-Con on their promo reel...cats outta the bag now).
Here is a collection of these pics. Including guest stars Loretta Devine (Boston Public & The Client List) & Tom Arnold (Roseanne) who were in different episodes that I crossed paths with over the past couple months.
Of course, I have more photos coming soon of the final weeks of filming for the 8th & very likely final season of the USA Network hit comedy drama.
King & Maxwell Season Finale Tomorrow night on TNT - heres my last batch of BTS pics from season 1 from episode 1X12
A few weeks ago, I saw King & Maxwell, the new crime-drama detective show on TNT filming what I assumed was scenes for their finale. Well jokes on me. The scenes were of course in last weeks episode.
With the season finale to air tomorrow, I felt now would be a good time to post my last set from the show. Hopefully, this was not my last set from them all together, as I have actually found the show fun & hope for more of it.
In this scene I saw the aftermath of the scene where the big guy just finished obliterating Kings car with shots. Here Michelle, armed with her gun & Sean, armed with uhhh his wit? sneak up behind the culprit & apprehend him just before Carter shows up.
Throughout this season I caught them out a handful of times, and while I was unsure of the premise before seeing it & thus, didnt cover it maybe as hard as I should of, I really liked the overall dynamic & found the cast generally pleasant.
My 1st encounter with Rebecca Romijn left me uncertain of her after I saw her refuse a fans request for a photo with, but as the season went on, she became much more accomodating of the regulars & even thanked 1 of the local photographers for his work on covering the show this season.
Jon Tenney was also pleasant, and thanked me for watching.
Ryan Hurst was an absolute joy to meet the 1 & only time I did.
Maybe next season (fingers crossed) I will get to meet Chris Butler (Agent Carter) Michael O'Keefe (Agent Rigby) & Dichen Lachman (Benny) as well... now that I know who they are on the show.
Catch the season 1 finale of King & Maxwell on TNT tomorrow night. Should be a good 1.
This week the 2nd Percy Jackson film hit theatres this week.
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters will continue from the 1st film Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
Despite the 1st films 49% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes & only 54% from the fans, or its abysmal 5.8 on IMDB, the 2nd installment in the book series "Percy Jackson" was filmed last year in Vancouver.
The main cast from the 1st film, Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth) & Brandon T. Jackson (Grover) are all back in the 2nd installment. Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games) & Douglas Smith (Big Love) join Firely & Castle star Nathan Fillion in this film.
I caught up to the set a couple times. While I was solely there to get Nathan the one time, I managed photos of the main 3 with Douglas on a different set visit.
Its a shame that Logan Lerman, who is LITERALLY known for nothing besides these films is so egotistical now. He was a nice kid during the 1st film. But this last time, he was snarky, rude & in 1 case, made a girl cry when he told her no in his now trademark "I'm better than you" attitude slathered way. Its a shame, because the rest of the cast was class. Alexandra, Brandon, Leven, Douglas & even Nathan were all quite good with the fans. I got autographs from all of them at 1 time or another. All of them took time to meet fans, interact with them & were genuinely nice people.
So I am boycotting this series due to Logan's attitude. I don't see any reason to support his work. He was just as rude last summer at TIFF when I watched him storm by 100s of waiting fans without even stopping for 1 photo with or signing 1 autograph.
For those who still are fans of this series (I suppose there are a few of you...since they made a 2nd one for some reason) here are some photos from my days around the set & the cast out & about. I have many more, but simply didn't feel like editing them. If there is good amount of traffic for this post, I may add some more next week.
Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters is in theatres now.
THIS POST CONTAINTS NOTABLE SPOILERS FROM LAST NIGHTS FINALE OF AMC'S "THE KILLING". Do not read if you have yet to watch the episode & don't want any spoilers.
So last night the season 3 finale of the AMC crime-drama "The Killing" was on. We finally got to the bottom of who was the Pied Piper, the person killing street kids & Trisha Seward.
In the end, Linden got her man......LITERALLY!
After going thru an assortment of Seattle's seediest people & Pastor Mike, the finale lead us down 1 more rabbit hole in Reddick before we came across the guilty mass murderer, Lieutenant James Skinner.
For weeks, many had the killer narrowed down to "either a cop or a corrections officer" and while that was a broad net to cast, since that entailed 1/2 the suspects, it made sense & in the end, was accurate.
As usual, the acting in last nights finale was stellar. The scene where Linden finally pieces together its Skinner, wow. You could almost literally read it going thru her mind, her processing the details, there was the shock, denial, confusion and eventually absolute certainty that the man she had been sleeping with was also the killer of at 21 (or more, he admitted there was more they would never find) girls.
The show was not with out flaws for me. I was a bit disappointed we didn't get our "Larsen family watching a video Rosie made" moment of closure for anyone. Danette, Kallie's mom, still doesn't know where her daughter is, although we all know now she is certainly dead as Skinners daughter had her ring. That was the only thing of note I thought was missing that season 2 had. If the writers really appreciate their fans, they will slip in 2 minutes into the season 4 (yes, I am cautiously optimistic it will happen) premiere to tie this loose end up. Get that woman her closure.
I also wasn't a fan of the IA scenes with Holder. I doubt if Skinner put in a complaint only an hour earlier they would have already come in & grabbed him without even talking to Reddick about it first. That felt unbelievable to me. But it gave Holder a chance to be his clever smart ass self. His trick to get Reddick back to the station by claiming there was a bomb in his car, brilliant. I laughed at his ability to think outside the box. It also helped advance the storyline when Holder realized Skinner was the killer, and managed to coerce Reddick to go look for Adrian while he tried to track down Linden & Skinner.
Of course there was some redemption. The Keystone Cop turned out to actually be a capable officer in the end. Carl Reddick, after making everyone hate him all season comes thru in the finale & finds missing Adrian Seward alive & well ( at least physically.). He even manage da couple great wisecrack remarks.
I felt some confusion as well. The Twitch & Lyric scenes left me unsure where that would lead. Twitch seemed willing to finally put his past behind him as we see him throw away a bag of drugs. Yet the last we see of Lyric, who seemed to be getting her life together as she now had an actual job, was smiling at a guy who clearly was looking to pick up a prostitute.
I thought it was interesting that this season ended with Linden making a massive error in judgment. I liked it. The reason, I just think its good to have cops with human emotion. They don't always make the right decisions. They too can be overwhelmed by emotions. She did, and it will be interesting to see how that's dealt with between now & season 4.
Season 3 of The Killing was, in my mind, even better than seasons 1 & 2. Although I felt the actual finale episode was a tad imperfect, the overall season was pretty much flawless to me. I REALLLLLLY hope whatever deal Netflix has with AMC to produce more episodes of The Killing already has a season 4 in there.
Below is an assortment of photos I took this season on the set of The Killing....Of course there was some Linden & Holder pics. But I also managed to catch Bullet, Adrian, Reddick & Skinner on set over the season. Including a few from the finale.
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Coming off their hit 1st season on the A&E network, the cast of the drama "Bates Motel" went to Comic-Con to promot ethe upcoming 2nd season.
Although production had not started on the show yet, several of the cast were in town preparing for the season prior to their SDCC engagement. I caught up to Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Nestor Carbonell (Sherriff Alex Romero) & Emmy nominated Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates) on their way out of town. They were all pleasant signers & also seemed incredibly excited to see each other there. Clearly they hadnt crossed paths much, if at all since being in town. Which wasnt too surprising considering they wouldn't even start filming for another week or more.
On the return, I caught up to those 3 again, along with Max Theriot (Dylan Massett) & Olivia Cooke (Emma Decody). While Vera seemed a little less receptive than when she was leaving town, the rest of the cast were again terrific with anyone that asked them for photos or autographs.
Since this show doesnt film in Vancouver (it films in Aldergrove, about hour outside the city) this was my 1st chance to meet any of this cast.
The thing I found most disturbing from them was, how the majority of the cast were being driven around by a driver who is hated by the B.C. Film industry. Whichever company that hired this person to drive people from an industry shes blacklisted in really should have done their homework a bit better. Of course, she probably lied to them on her resume, doubt she added that she was fired from being a transport driver on sets because she lied on her application for that job.
The 2nd season of Bates Motel will start airing sometime in 2013 on A&E.
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