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PHOTOS: Alan Cumming films scenes for ‘The Good Wife’ in Rego Park

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Cast and crew members from the hit CBS drama “The Good Wife” gathered at The Woodhaven House in Rego Park on Monday afternoon to film scenes for the upcoming season.

The show stars Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, a defense attorney who successfully transitions from scorned politician’s wife to one of the top litigators at the law firm Stern, Lockhart & Gardner.

Margulies was not on the set at the Woodhaven House, but Monday’s shoot drew her castmate Alan Cumming of “Cabaret” and “X-Men” fame.

Cumming plays campaign strategist and political consultant Eli Gold on “The Good Wife.” His character acts as an adviser to Florrick’s scandal-plagued ex-husband Peter (played by “Sex and the City” star Chris Noth) during his bid for higher office. Cumming shot interior scenes, as well as an exterior scene in which he paced alongside of the bar while on his cellphone.

Margo Martindale, star of “The Americans,” was also part of Monday’s filming. Martindale, a new addition to “The Good Wife” cast, plays campaign strategist Ruth Eastman, who advises Peter Florrick during his presidential campaign.

Scenes for the upcoming season were also filmed at nearby Adam’s Bagel Shop and Deli located at 63-56 Woodhaven Blvd.

“The Good Wife” airs Sundays on CBS, with its seventh season premiering on Oct. 4 at 9 p.m.


‘Elementary’ to shoot scene at Glendale railroad crossing

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The CBS detective drama “Elementary” is scheduled to film at a Glendale railroad crossing Friday night.

The shoot will take place from 6 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. the next morning at the at-grade crossing on 73rd Street off Edsall Avenue.

According to the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, the scene involves a man pushing a stalled vehicle off the tracks just before a train passes through the crossing. Though a lighting effect will be used to simulate a railroad crossing gate, no actual train will be part of the sequence.

The scene will be part of a future episode in the third season of “Elementary,” an updated version of Sherlock Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller as the famous sleuth and Lucy Liu as his partner-in-crime, Dr. Joan Watson.

Parking will be prohibited along streets near the railroad crossing during the shoot to accommodate production vehicles. The affected streets include Edsall Avenue between 72nd and 73rd places; 73rd Street between Edsall and Central avenues; Central Avenue between 72nd and 73rd places; and Myrtle Avenue between 69th and 71st streets.


Fresh Meadows home to appear on ‘The Good Wife’ Sunday

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Photo courtesy of CBS Broadcasting Inc./Below photos THE COURIER/By Melissa Chan

This Sunday’s episode of CBS’s “The Good Wife” will feature a Fresh Meadows home and a stretch of Union Turnpike.

Show fanatics Peter and Kathy Hart lent their 183rd Street home to film crews and actors for a full day of shooting in October, The Courier first reported.

“We’re excited. This weekend, we’re throwing a ‘Good Wife’ red carpet premiere. I just don’t have a red carpet,” Kathy said. “I just invited some friends over.”

Five actors, including two playing FBI agents, shot scenes in the couple’s living room, dining room, kitchen and on the street near their home, as well.

The episode will air November 24 at 9 p.m.

The critically acclaimed drama began its fifth season this September. It stars Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies, who plays a wife and mother who restarts her life as a defense attorney after her politician husband is jailed over a public sex and corruption scandal.



‘The Good Wife’ films at Fresh Meadows home

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Photo courtesy of CBS Broadcasting Inc./Below photos THE COURIER/By Melissa Chan

An upcoming episode of a popular CBS drama will feature a Queens couple — or at least the house they live in.

“The Good Wife” fanatics, Peter and Kathy Hart, played host to the show this Tuesday, lending their Fresh Meadows home to film crews and actors for a full day of shooting.

“This is our 15 minutes of fame,” said Kathy, a Manhattan hair stylist. “We’re big fans of the show. I tell Peter not to talk to me until commercials.”

Five actors, including two playing FBI agents, shot scenes in the couple’s living room, dining room, parts of their kitchen and on their tree-lined 183rd Street near Union Turnpike.

“For Fresh Meadows, this is the most exciting thing,” said Peter, a realtor, who has raised three kids in the home in the past 25 years.

The couple said a location scout knocked on their door about three years ago, came in and took pictures.

“We don’t know why we let him in, but we let him in,” Peter said. “We got a call days later saying more people wanted to see the house. But they said they would keep us on file for future episodes.”

Soon after, the pair picked up the remote, flipped to the show for the first time and got hooked while waiting for that “future episode.”

And then that time came.

About 21 more scouts working for the show showed up at their front door last week, they said.

“They all had clipboards. All these neighbors thought we were selling the house,” Peter said.

The couple was told to “empty the first floor” before film crews arrived at 6 a.m. on October 15.

Workers were seen unloading furniture from moving trucks early Tuesday morning in the family’s front yard.

“The experience is exciting,” Kathy said, “and we don’t have to do much but be quiet and not get in the way.”

“The Good Wife” began its fifth season September 29. It airs on Sundays at 9 p.m.

The critically acclaimed drama stars Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies, who plays a wife and mother, who restarts her life as a defense attorney after her politician husband is jailed over a public sex and corruption scandal.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared as himself in the show’s last season finale.

“Now we have to put a plaque outside our house saying, ‘As Seen on ‘The Good Wife,’” Peter said.



Time Warner Cable blacks out CBS

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Time Warner Cable (TWC) blacked out CBS after the companies failed to meet a negotiating contract deadline.

The CBS signal disappeared in the city shortly past 5 p.m., and may disappear from other cities including Los Angeles and Dallas, according to reports.

The CBS signal was swapped in place of a message from the cable provider which explained that TWC believes CBS made unreasonable requests.

“CBS has made outrageous demands for the programming that it delivers free over the air and online requiring us to remove their stations from your line-up while we continue to negotiate for fair and reasonable terms,” the Time Warner Cable statement said.

The statement also mentions other methods to watch CBS programming, including using antennas, cbs.com and Aereo. TWC will also temporarily replace CBS with programs from Starz Kids and Family.




1 Happy Comedian: Actor Jonathan Kite talks ‘2 Broke Girls’

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Sleazy, creepy, horny and gross are just some of the adjectives that can be used to describe Oleg, the cook at the Brooklyn diner at the center of the hysterically funny CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls. Often found spewing witty and usually sexually offensive one-liners (check out the “Best of Oleg” montage on YouTube), the Ukrainian character really has a big heart deep inside and has become a reliable friend to the other leads on the series.

Oleg’s portrayer, Jonathan Kite, isn’t anything like the man he plays on TV. The thespian from Chicago honed his craft at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Acting) and with the famous improvisational comedy group Second City. In 2003, he headed west to Los Angeles. His career has been on the up and up ever since.

2 Broke Girls became a huge hit for Kite right out of the gate, averaging more than 11 million viewers per week during its freshman season and even won the Favorite New TV Comedy trophy at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards.

Aspire recently spoke to Kite—who also does voiceover work for the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim animated series Black Dynamite and performs as part of an improv comedy troupe—all about his gig on 2 Broke Girls, using accents and what his co-stars are really like…

Congrats on entering your second season! Do you know what’s in store for viewers?

JONATHAN KITE: Honestly, we don’t know until we get to the set, which is kind of fun. Every week, you find out what’s happening. I’ve got the limo service that we touched on a little bit in the season finale, which could be an exciting storyline. There are so many open ends that the writers did such a brilliant job of setting up. It should be fun!

When you started filming the show last year, did you have any idea that it would be as successful as it turned out to be?

JK: When you’re a part of something, yeah, you hope it’s going to be the biggest thing in the world. I think you always hope that everything you do is something that you can believe in and be excited about, which I absolutely was from the moment I read the script. I was laughing out loud alone in my room and I would say that’s a pretty good sign. We just hoped the people would enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed performing it.

The show is so funny. Does the cast do any ad-libbing or do you guys strictly follow the script?

JK: The script is so damn good and it’s written with such incredible rhythm that we just stick to it. Also, the show is only 22 or 23 minutes and there are very specific beats that the writers have written in to make sure stuff happens before a commercial break. None of us have a problem with it whatsoever because the writing is pretty amazing.

When you auditioned for the role of Oleg, what exactly were the show’s creators looking for?

JK: I knew the casting director and said, “What are you working on?” and she brought up this project. I had been a fan of Whitney Cummings and Michael Patrick King, who are the executive producers, for a long time. She said, “There’s not really a part in it for you because the only Caucasian male in the series regular category is a 45-year-old, bald Russian.” But she heard me do a ton of accents and character voices and said, “Just come in and read for them just so you can, maybe, get a part later in the season or something.” I went in the way that I dress on the show and I had really, really short hair and no beard. The audition is such a long process because you meet up with the producers and then the studio and the network. It’s cool, but it takes a while because they’re making a really important decision and there’s a lot of weight to that. So my hair grows incredibly fast and I had a long beard and long hair when I finally tested for the network. It was one of those things where I got really lucky and they liked it. I was significantly younger that everybody else that I was auditioning with. So that was a cool thing that they picked me.

How did you perfect the accent?

JK: My best friend growing up, his family was born in Russia and Russian was the main language they spoke at home. There was an incredible melting pot of ethnicities where I grew up and went to high school. Just being around them and doing impressions of their parents….

What other accents are you good at?

JK: Um, gosh. I can do a ton of them.

Is speaking with an accent something that comes natural to you?

JK: Yeah, I have an ear for it. I do a lot of impressions [too]. I think it’s just about listening. But that’s what acting is. When you’re learning [an accent], you really focus and just try to pick out the specific sounds and work them enough with the muscles in your mind and in your mouth to let them become second nature.

Do you stand in front of a mirror practicing accents and impressions?

JK: You know, it’s funny—I don’t do the mirror. I don’t particularly care one way or another about what I look like. I have to feel it. I also think the moment you focus on [what you look like], then you can’t focus fully on the thing that you need to be doing. My favorite [way to practice]—and to work on lines too—is by going into the country and getting out of town and really working on it aloud. Or pacing in my room—I just love that. I love the movement and not staying in one place.

By the way, it’s good to hear your normal speaking voice.

JK: I call it my “reality accent.” That’s my “television accent,” this is my “reality accent.” [Laughs]

On 2 Broke Girls, Max and Caroline run a cupcake business. Are the desserts we see on TV real and, if so, do you get to eat them after a shoot?

JK: So, they are real. This one woman who does the cupcakes has been freakin’ awesome for the girls—she’s shown them piping techniques and kind of gone through everything with them. And I have a sweet tooth, so I try to never eat them because once it starts it wont stop. We give them away to audience members when they answer trivia questions.

Let’s talk about each of your amazing co-stars. What is Kat Dennings, who plays feisty Max, like?

JK: Kat is everything I had hoped she’d be and more, honestly. I had been a fan of hers for a long time and have seen most of the movies she’s been in. She really is the rock that we all look to like, “Damn! She has all her stuff together and is so consistent!”

What about Beth Behrs, who plays the optimistic Caroline?

JK: Beth is like my little sister. I love Beth so much! She’s my goofy partner on set—we do the goofiest stuff together and make each other laugh all day.

And Garrett Morris, who plays wise Earl and was part of the original cast of Saturday Night Live when the show premiered in 1975?

JK: Garrett is the best and I have such a respect for him! When I met him at the auditions, I said, “I have your old seasons of Saturday Night Live on my DVD shelf!” He is 75 years old and brings such wisdom to the show and such life experience. There are very few people who have worked as consistently as him. I’m trying to convince him to let me help write a movie about him because there’s so much that people don’t know about him and he is deeper than anyone ever imagined.

You just know that every scene that Garrett’s in is going to be hilarious!

JK: That’s why he’s paid the big bucks! He comes in and nails that line. Every time. And you know if you get the line after Garrett, you’re going to have to wait cause there’s a lot of laughter and applause.

What about your boss on the show, the eager-to-please Han Lee, played by Matthew Moy?

JK: Matt’s my little dude; my man. He’s the guy that I probably hang out with the most. We’re like each other’s sidekick. We went through the audition process together and became good buddies within the first week.

Lastly, tell us about the incomparable Jennifer Coolidge who plays your off-and-on lover Sophie.

JK: Not only do I like her as a person, but also we have so much fun together on set. We have a really special relationship because we play love interests. She’s been an inspiration to so many people, including me. I’ve heard that a lot of female comics say they look to her as the beacon that lit the way for them. Somebody as beautiful as who she is inside and out…. She can make ugly beautiful or beautiful ugly and she’s so unapologetically kooky and charming.

2 Broke Girls premieres Monday, Sept. 24, at 9PM.

CBS is looking for the worst dogs in Queens

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CBS announced the new reality series DOGS IN THE CITY, starring New York City dog guru Justin Silver, a master at resolving issues between canines and their owners – no matter whose behavior is at fault. The series will premiere Wednesday, May 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

In Manhattan, Justin Silver is known as the “go-to guy” for all things dog-related. He has a creative and instinctive ability to connect with his canine customers while solving dilemmas for their two-legged masters. In each episode, he meets with clients who present a range of relationship problems, lifestyle changes or domestic issues – from a couple looking to move in together, but she’s terrified of his golden retriever, to a recently divorced couple whose dog is having a rough time adjusting to joint custody. Justin gets as imaginative as necessary to reach a satisfying resolution, often finding that the owners can be a special breed themselves.

“Dogs are at the center of the story here, but this is a show that reveals as much about human nature as man’s best friend,” said Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn. “Dogs are often a lightning rod for their owners’ emotions and dysfunction at home. Justin has an amazing gift to break down these complex issues with incredible heart, humor and, sometimes, much-needed candor.”

Justin Silver has been taking care of dogs and their owners for more than a decade. A dog trainer, behaviorist and owner of a pet care company, Silver is also a comedian and founder of Funny for Fido, a nonprofit that raises money for homeless animals by producing a yearly stand-up comedy event. Silver firmly believes that every dog can be trained to be a wonderful companion by working on issues calmly and confidently with both his four- and two-legged clients.

Julie Weitz, Carol Mendelsohn, Jen O’Connell and Nick Emmerson are executive producers. Gerry Greengrass serves as co-executive producer. DOGS IN THE CITY is produced by CBS’s Raquel Productions Inc. in association with Shed Media US Inc. and Carol Mendelsohn Productions.

CBS is casting for Dogs & Dog Owners in Queens! Specifically, they are looking for dog owners with a ‘doggy dilemma’. Somewhere in Queens is that neighborhood menace dog, and our canine expert wants to help out!

If interested, dog owners can email the producers at CBSDogShow@Gmail.com

Man Shot To Death In Queens Home

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Man Shot To Death In Queens Home

Police are looking for suspects in connection with the shooting death of a man in Rochdale Village section of Queens on Friday. Read more: NY1

Four Police Officers Wounded In Shootout With Brooklyn Hostage Suspect

Four police officers were hospitalized with injuries after a shootout in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn early this morning.

They were responding to a call of an armed man threatening movers at an apartment building at 3301 Nostrand Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Read more: NY1

Park Officials Plan To Fix Up Vandalized Far Rockaway Playground By Summer

The city Parks Department says vandalism will not prevent it from opening a Far Rockaway playground this summer, and local residents are relieved.

With the damages totalling more than $100,000, many Far Rockaway residents feared the city would halt construction on the Beach 29th playground, but the Parks Department says it will soon be back on schedule. Read more: NY1

Mike Wallace, famed CBS newsman, dead at 93

Mike Wallace, a game show host and tobacco pitchman who went on to personify the hard-nosed and often skeptical journalism of CBS’s “60 Minutes,” died last Saturday after a long illness. He was 93. Read more: Daily News

Ire at home ‘free’ tenant

The rent is too damn late!

Queens landlord Debra Samuels says her only tenant hasn’t paid the $1,590 rent in more than a year — putting her two-family home in jeopardy. Read more: New York Post