START DATES: SUPERNATURAL, THE FLASH, ONCE UPON A TIME, ARROW, THE 100, iZOMBIE, MINORITY REPORT, LUCIFER & DC LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

Big American network TV series return to Vancouver this summer, with most scheduled to start filming new seasons this month. Early scripts have been written, standing sets have been unpacked or are under construction in studio, scouts are out looking for Vancouver area filming locations, stunt teams are mapping out sequences, directors are prepping, technical surveys are happening and some cast are in town already for wardrobe fittings and read-throughs.

Filming dates are subject to change but should be within a few days of what’s on the DGC-BC Production List.

July.

Tuesday, July 7th – Supernatural, Season 11:

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Darkness was coming when we last saw Dean and Sam Winchester (Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki) trapped inside the  Impala. What will happen? And what are the repercussions of killing Death?. Oh….and will Castiel (Misha Collins) kill King of Hell quipster Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard)? Filming of season 11 (yes season 11!) is scheduled to begin July 7th and wrap April 20th in metro Vancouver. Jensen Ackles flew into Vancouver last week to begin director’s prep for the first filmed episode as he has done in previous seasons. Supernatural airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. this Fall on The CW with the season eleven premiere set for October 7th.

The Sunday after production starts, Supernatural returns to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con with an 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. panel featuring cast Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark A. Sheppard, along with showrunner Jeremy Carver.

Tuesday, July 7th  – The Flash, Season 2:

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When we last left The Flash, the scarlet speedster (Grant Gustin) was desperately trying to contain a wormhole above Central City  – without time for him or anyone else to mourn the heroic death of Central City Detective Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett). Reportedly, Eddie’s death does not mean Barry Allen and beloved Iris West (Candace Patton) will meet their destiny. It’s much too soon since Iris loved Eddie. The Flash is casting a new Felicity-type girlfriend Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten) for Allen instead. Jesse L. Martin is expected to return as Central City Detective Joe West and surrogate father to Allen and bioengineering expert Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and fan favourite lab tech whiz Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) are back on Team Flash but what about STAR labs founder Harrison Wells who’s really Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh)?  The Flash season two is expected to start filming July 7th and wrap April 17th in metro Vancouver. And will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. this Fall on The CW with its season premiere set for October 6th.

The Saturday after production starts, The Flash cast and show runners will be part of Super Hero Saturday Night at San Diego Comic Con — 8 to 11 p.m. in Hall H.

Wednesday, July 8th – Once Upon a Time, Season 5: 

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[Update: Dark Swan has an Emma Swan-befitting dark-leather costume with stiletto boots – see EW exclusive photo — quite different from Rumplestiltskin’s.] Once Upon a Time’s Emma (Jennifer Morrsion) sacrificed herself in the season four finale to become the Dark One. What happens when a saviour goes dark? How bad will she get? Those who love Emma will spend the early part of the season trying to bring her back to the light. Apparently, that will involve finding the great sorcerer Merlin (Elliot Knight) in the court of Camelot with King Arthur (Liam Garrigan), Lancelot (Sinqua Walls) and Guinevere (Joana Metrass). Zelena (Rebecca Mader) and Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) have been upped to series regulars for the season. Filming begins July 8th and is expected to wrap April 1st. Once Upon a Time airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC and CTV this Fall, with the season 5 premiere to air Sunday, September 27th.

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The Saturday after production begins, Once Upon a Time will be in Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic-Con from 10 to 10:45 a.m. with cast Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Robert Carlyle, Rebecca Mader, Sean Maguire as well as showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

Monday, July 13th – Arrow, Season 4: 

What will bring back Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) from happiness in the sun with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards)? How will Team Arrow function without them? Well there’s still Diggle (David Ramsey), the new Black Canary (Katie Cassidy) and the new Speedy (Willa Holland). Plus Arrow is casting a black tech whiz who could be Felicity’s replacement (or maybe her counterpart at H.I.V.E.)  But with Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) as the new Ra’s al Ghul, is anyone safe? Arrow season 4 starts filming July 13th and is expected to wrap April 22nd. Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. this Fall on The CW with the season premiere on October 7th.

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The Saturday before production begins, Team Arrow will be part of Super Hero Saturday Night at San Diego Comic Con.

Wednesday, July 15th – The 100, Season 3: 

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The legend of Clarke of the Sky People grew as Clarke (Eliza Taylor) single-handedly destroyed Mount Weather and then left to be on her own. Most of her people survived season two but Finn (Thomas McDonell) did not. How will everyone re-unite? Filming starts July 15th and is expected to wrap December 15th. The 100 returns mid-season on The CW.

The Friday before production begins, The 100 will be in Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic-Con on July 10th, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. with cast Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos, Lindsey Morgan, Ricky Whittle and Isaiah Washington and showrunner Jason Rothenberg.

Monday, July 20th –  iZombie, Season 2:

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White-haired white-faced brain-eating zombie Liv (Rose McIver) used one of her two doses of zombie cure on zombie Blaine (David Anders) who’d spilled her secret to Major (Robert Buckley) and then on a very angry Major himself, who she’d saved from death by zombifying him. Is Blaine right that his Meat Cute brains-delivery business (destroyed by Major) was keeping a full-on zombie apocalypse from happening? iZombie season 2 starts filming July 20th and is expected to wrap December 11th with a season two premiere on Tuesday, October 6th, after The Flash.

Before production starts, iZombie will take over Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 10th, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. with cast Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley and David Anders and showrunners Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright

Tuesday, July 21st – Minority Report, Season 1:

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Stopping crime before it happens. New Fall series Minority Report takes place a decade after the events of the Steven Spielberg blockbuster movie Minority Report starring Tom Cruise. The FOX series tells the story of one of the three Pre-cogs Dash (Stark Sands) from the abandoned Pre-crime police unit, who is still haunted by his visions of future crime. He teams up with detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good), who is haunted by her past, to continue the work in 2065. Supporting cast includes Laura Regan as Dash’s missing twin Agatha, Nick Zano as pre-cog Arthur, Wilmer Valderrama, Daniel London, Li Jun Li and Zhane Hall. The pilot was shot in Toronto but filming of the series starts here on July 21st and is expected to wrap December 11th with a Monday, September 21st premiere on FOX.

Before production on the series starts, Minority Report will screen its pilot and host a Q&A in Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 10th, from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. for a panel with cast and showrunners.

August

Tuesday, August 18th – Lucifer, Season 1:

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6′ 3″ Welshman Tom Ellis is Lucifer, the Lord of Hell, who has decamped from boring, old Hell to a more exciting life in Los Angeles as the owner of upscale club Lux. Until a pop star is gunned down in front of him and he starts helping the Los Angeles Police Department. The pilot was shot in Los Angeles but the series will film in Vancouver, starting around August 18th and expected to wrap January 26th next year. Lucifer will screen its pilot and host a Q&A in Room 6BCF at San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 10th, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with cast Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Lesley-Ann Brandt and DB Woodside and showrunners.

Monday, August 24th – Second Chance (Lookinglass/The Frankenstein Code), Season 1:

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A scientific breakthrough will give him a second chance. Now their creation will come to life. What if you could start over? What if you could be faster, stronger, smarter? Starring Pacific Rim’s Rob Kazinsky, Second Chance (formerly Lookinglass/The Frankenstien Code) is about  Jimmy Pritchard, an old, morally-corrupt L.A. County Sheriff who’s murdered at his son’s home, only to be brought  back to life as his younger self  — with super human strength and speed and a chance to right his wrongs. Co-starring Dilshad Vadsaria, Adhir Kalyan, Tim DeKay, Ciara Bravo and produced by Rand Ravich, Howard Gordon and Michael Cuesta, Second Chance is expected to start filming August 24th in metro Vancouver and wrap January 25th next year. It will premiere mid-season on FOX.

September.
Wednesday, September 9th. Legends of Tomorrow, Season 1:
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Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill plays time-master Rip Hunter who assembles a team of DC super heroes and villains — Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/ the A.T.O.M,  Caity Lotz as the White Canary] Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heatwave, Ciarra Renee as Hawkgirl, Franz Drameh as Jay Jackson — to try to prevent an unstoppable threat in the future — Vandal Savage (yet to be cast) –one that puts the planet and time itself at risk. Legends of Tomorrow filmed a short presentation in Vancouver and shooting of the series is expected  to start here [on September 9th and wrap April 1st]. And debut on The CW mid-season.
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Long before production starts, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will be part of Super Hero Saturday Night at San Diego Comic-Con along with brother shows Arrow and The Flash. This should include new showrunner Phil Klemmer.

 

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