Yearly Archives: 2012
FRINGE’s Joshua Jackson & John Noble Have Fun in the West End Rain for 5×11, Part One of Series Finale
John Noble and Joshua Jackson had a lot of fun filming a father-and-son scene for the third to last episode of Fringe — The Boy Must Live — six weeks ago in the pouring rain of Vancouver’s West End.
[Update: Here's a FOX video of the father-and-son scene Although we saw it filmed with many camera setups, we didn't hear what they were saying. Be warned there are more spoilers, but these are ones FOX chose to share]
John Noble’s Dr.Walter Bishop runs out of an alley onto Bute Street where Jackson’s Peter Bishop catches up with him. They have a long talk and then embrace in a big hug.
- Friday, December 28th – SPACE channel marathon of Vancouver’s own dinosaur procedural Primeval: New World
- Tuesday, December 25th – Arrow star Stephen Amell marries long-time girlfriend Cassandra Jean at sunset ceremony in the Caribbean.
- Saturday, December 22nd – Psycho prequel series Bates Motel begins its holiday hiatus. Returns January 7th, 2013.
- Saturday, December 22nd – Vancouver sitcom Package Deal begins its holiday hiatus. Returns January 7th, 2013.
- Friday, December 21st – Fringe airs tenth episode of its final season featuring Olivia, Peter, Walter, Nina Sharp and the child Observer Michael filming in downtown Vancouver, the tragic but brave death of a favourite character and the answer to the question, Who is Donald?
- Friday, December 21st – Vancouver sitcom Package Deal tapes in front of a live studio audience in Burnaby
- Friday, December 21st – Bates Motel films at the Psychiatric Assessment building in the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre.
- Friday, December 21st – Supernatural begins its holiday hiatus. Returns January 8th, 2013.
- Friday, December 21st - Falling Skies wraps filming of its third season.
- Thursday, December 20th – Vancouver detective series Motive begins its holiday hiatus. Returns January 6th, 2013.
- Wednesday, December 19th – USA Network renews Psych for eighth season of filming. Here are the crime-fighting quartet — Shawn, Gus, Lassie & Jules.
- Wednesday, December 19th – Once Upon a Time casts Rose McGowan as younger Cora.
- Wednesday, December 19th – Once Upon a Time begins its holiday hiatus. Returns January 3rd, 2013.
- Wednesday, December 19th - Emily Owens MD studio liquidation 10AM-6PM at North Shore Studios
- Wednesday, December 19th – Second day of Supernatural filming inside Langara College library.
- Tuesday, December 18th – Supernatural films inside Langara College library
- Tuesday, December 18th – TV Guide reports Battlestar Galactica’s Baltar, aka James Callis, cast on Arrow.
- Monday, December 17th – Vancouver dinosaur procedural Primeval: New World mid-season finale directed by Amanda Tapping
Holiday Hiatus from Filming:
Arrow season one - returns January 2nd, 2013
Once Upon a Time season two – returns January 3rd, 2013
Motive season one - returns January 6th, 2013
Bates Motel season one - returns January 7th, 2013
Package Deal season one - returns January 7th ,2013
Supernatural season eight – returns January 8th, 2013
Continuum season two - starts January 16th, 2013 [update: delayed to January 23rd]
Psych-os have some news to celebrate. Their show is renewed for an eighth season [of eight episodes], taking some of the sting out of the looooonnng wait for the seventh season to start on USA Network. Psych premieres on Feburary 27th next year, almost four months after the show wrapped 121 days of filming in Vancouver and ten months after the season six finale ended with its big cliffhanger.
Here are some non-spoilery photos of the Psych crime-fighting quartet — James Roday’s ”psychic” Shawn Spencer, Dule Hill’s BFF Burton “Gus” Guster, Timothy Omundson’s Santa Barbara police detective Carlton “Lassie” Lassiter and Maggie Lawson’s detective Juliet O’Hara – filming in the alley next to the Orpheum Theatre in early October for the big musical episode.
Update April 29, 2013 – Had no idea I’d photographed Norman’s crush & one-time hookup Bradley Martin (Nicola Peltz, who’s co-starring in the next Transformers movie) in Horseshoe Bay. Now I wish I’d got there earlier to see Norma (Vera Farmiga) & Emma (Oliva Cooke) spying on Bradley in a yoga class.
In what cast calls an “incredible reimagining” of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho, a teenage Norman Bates and his mother Norma Lousie Bates start fresh with the Bates Motel in the picturesque town of White Pine Bay, Oregon, filmed in the Vancouver area. Until yesterday, I’d never seen Freddie Highmore as future serial killer Norman on location for this upcoming A&E series from Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse (see the first promotional trailer) and Friday Night Lights producer Kerry Ehrin . Highmore didn’t look that different from his iconic role as young Peter in Finding Neverland but Bates Motel will be a vastly different world than Peter Pan’s.
On the surface White Pine Bay is as beautiful as its Vancouver locations but underneath there’s something dark and creepy going on. Think Friday Night Lights crossed with Twin Peaks. Normally Horseshoe Bay — on the edge of Howe Sound in West Vancouver — would count as one of those beautiful locations but yesterday it was dark and creepy on the surface too.
Bates Motel crew had turned Bay Market into Bay Market & Hardware for a scene of Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Norman’s step brother Dylan (Max Thieriot) buying supplies at a Fall Hardware Sale, carrying them out to the back of Dylan’s 4 x 4 and chatting with [Norman's crush Bradley (Nicola Peltz)] who’d just been dropped off by her friends in a BMW.
Falling Skies wraps filming of its third season this coming week in Vancouver. And as far as I know, few if any have seen them on location until today at the Coffee Bar in Gastown. But it sure didn’t look anything like the post-apocalyptic Falling Skies we’ve come to know. Where were the Skitters? Where were the Mechs? Where were the Overlords? Where were the even creepier aliens introduced in the season two finale? And where was 2nd Mass, the small band of insurgents named after the 2nd Massachusetts of the American Revolution, who’ve been fighting the occupying alien force for almost three seasons?
Noah Wyle’s Tom Mason had no beard or scruffy clothing. And Will Patton’s Captain Dan Weaver looked more like a homeless lunatic than the military leader of 2nd Mass. And what’s with all the well-dressed people carrying bags of Christmas shopping, coming and going in a cafe decorated with wreaths? It turns out today was a reshoot of a dream sequence. So it provides few clues about what drama will unfold in the third season set to air next summer on TNT in the U.S.
- Sunday, December 16th – Noah Wyle and Will Patton film Falling Skies dream sequence in Gastown’s Coffee Bar.
- Friday, December 14th – Arrow begins its holiday hiatus. Returning January 2, 2013.
- Friday, December 14th - Cult wraps filming of its 1st season (technically Saturday at 2:30 a.m.). Premieres Tuesday, February 19, 2013 on The CW.
- Friday, December 14th – Fringe airs the ninth episode of its final season with Walter on acid trip featuring the return of Dr. Carla Warren in a hallucination filmed in NYC taxicab and later the Fringe team searching for Donald’s signal at the Britannia Heritage Shipyards park in Steveston.
- Friday, December 14th – Vancouver sitcom Package Deal tapes in front of a live studio audience in Burnaby.
- Friday, December 14th – A&E releases the first promotional trailer for upcoming series Bates Motel
- Friday, December 14th – Fringe showrunner Joel Wyman shares images of the series finale wtih commentary on EW.com
- Friday, December 14th – After five seasons – four of them filmed in Vancouver — Fringe wraps filming for good in early daylight at The Bridge Studios in Burnaby. My post for Vancouver is Awesome.
- Thursday, December 13th – Arctic Air wraps filming of its second season (technically Friday at 3:00 a.m.) which premieres January 9th, 2013 on the CBC. Episode director Amanda Tapping shares a photo of herself and Adam Beach on set.
- Thursday, December 13 – CTV announces Vancouver detective series Motive , starring Kristin Lehman and Louis Ferreira, will debut in a prime post-Superbowl spot on Feburary 3rd next year.
- Thursday, December 13th – Once Upon a Time films chase scenes in Gastown
And Now For Something Completely Different on FRINGE for 5×09 – Dr. Carla Warren & Monty Python – Updated
I withheld photos of Jenni Blong as Dr. Carla Warren filming with John Noble’s Dr. Walter Bishop inside a prop New York taxicab opposite the Guiness Tower downtown in late October. Partly because her reappearance was a spoiler but also because I couldn’t figure out how she could possibly be alive in 2036. I should have known that Fringe’s final season wouldn’t be complete without Walter on an acid trip.
“I represent everything that you’re trying to keep buried,” she told him last night in an ongoing hallucination. After all, Dr. Warren is the one in the original timeline who tried and failed to convince Walter not to cross over to the alternate universe to save the other young Peter Bishop who was dying like his own son had. And her death in a lab explosion led to Walter being incarerated for manslaughter in the St. Claire’s mental institution where we met him in the series premiere. On a lighter note, Gene the cow also featured in Walter`s hallucinations during the show’s animated homage to Monty Python. Walter`s wild acid trips are one of the many things I will miss about Fringe.
Published December 14th, 2012 on Vancouver is Aweome
Now that we’ve seen Colin O’Donoghue’s nefarious and dangerously seductive Hook heading into Storybrooke on his pirate ship in the last scene of Once Upon a Time’s mid-season finale, it’s no longer a big spoiler where I photographed him in early November or who he was with.
Once Upon a Time crew put a fake chimney on top of Dave’s Fish & Chips in Steveston south of Vancouver to film scenes of Hook and Christopher Gauthier’s Smee spying from the roof. It’s probably not a coincidence that Dave’s Fish & Chips is next door to Mr. Gold’s on Moncton Street. After all, Hook has come to Storybrooke to exact his revenge on Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold. Or that his henchman Smee, who already abducted Rumplestiltskin’s beloved Belle once at the behest of her florist father, plays a role in Hook’s plans.
Watch your backs RumBelle. As Colin O’Donoghue told TVLine earlier this month: ”Belle is such a huge part of Rumple’s life…She might figure into the equation.”
[Spoiler Update: After what I saw Once Upon a Time filming this morning, I'm no longer sure that Belle is Hook's target. The cloak Hook is holding belongs to Bae.]