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


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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.

 

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‘The Good Wife’ films at Fresh Meadows home


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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.

 

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NYC’s Filming Boom


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Silvercup sign

Bollywood produces the most movies in the world. Hollywood is known as the planet’s entertainment capital. But there is a sleeping giant in the entertainment industry — New York City.

Being the biggest city in the world, New York was the setting of a multitude of shows, but not their home: Seinfeld, Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond all shot 3,000 miles away from where they were located. Even now How I Met Your Mother, Mad Men and CSI: New York film in California.

But within the last decade, there has been a New York renaissance in production not seen in a century.

The television boom over the past 10 years has seen the number of series filmed here more than triple. Twenty-three series filmed in New York City throughout the 2011-12 television season, including, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife and Law & Order: SVU.

Besides the shows that film in NYC exclusively, more than 100 television shows and movies have used the beautiful backdrop of New York City over the past year and the city revels in a entertainment production revival.

“With our beautiful city, talented workforce and the assistance offered by our ‘Made in NY’ program, New York City has surpassed all previous records for film and television production,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

New York is now becoming a first choice when deciding where to film, according to insiders, and at the center of the record boom is western Queens’ Silvercup Studios and

Kaufman Astoria Studios and Brooklyn’s Steiner Studios.

Kaufman originally opened in 1920 as Astoria Studios, and quickly became the mecca of the silent film era. Upon America’s entrance into World War II, the studio was taken over by the U.S. Signal Corps. and became known as the Army Pictorial Center where armed forces training films were shot.

The building eventually fell into disuse and disrepair until 1977’s production of The Wiz featuring Michael Jackson. It was fully renovated and revived in 1980 after the sale of the lot to George S. Kaufman. Since its rebirth, some of the biggest stars have passed through the studios doors. Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Big Bird have called Kaufman Astoria Studio home, while Glengarry Glen Ross, Scent of a Woman and The Cosby Show were filmed there.

Out of a former flour silo rose the next great NYC studio, Silvercup Studios. The Long Island City studio opened in 1983 and quickly established itself as the largest independent, full-service film and television production facility in the Northeast. It has shot such classics as When Harry Met Sally, The Sopranos and City Hall. Currently, the stars of Gossip Girl, 30 Rock and Person of Interest call it home.
The “largest and most sophisticated studio complex outside of Hollywood,” Steiner Studios opened in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2004. It has played host to Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie. The studio’s lot has been used by Sex and the City, American Gangster and Spiderman 3.

The shows may use the studios to shoot much of the show, but filming in the city allows them to use it as a backdrop whenever they see fit. And it’s not just a quick exterior establishing shot of NYC, You no longer have to watch a “New York” show like Seinfeld and see the characters walk down the same fake city street in every episode. Instead, you have Alec Baldwin in Rockefeller Center, or Blake Lively in Central Park, or Zach Galifianakis exploring Manhattan, it gives the show an authenticity that is impossible to reproduce on a set.

Seeing the characters outside a pizzeria that you’ve gone into, brings realism to the show. It’s not Central Perk on Friends, it’s New Roma Pizza on How to Make It in America.
New York isn’t resting on its record breaking laurels, either.

“New York City is a television town, and we’re thrilled that we broke records for television production in 2011,” said Office of Media & Entertainment commissioner Katherine Oliver. “The mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment is committed to working hard to make sure that the industry continues to grow and expand in 2012.”
And it’s not just the sheer number of shows being produced, it’s good television. Last year, city productions earned 110 Emmy nominations, winning 23 awards.
It’s exciting to recognize the locales used during the shows, but even more exciting could be recognizing yourself or one of your friends in the background. In 2011, more than 11,000 extras were hired on the television shows shot in the city.

So, with the productions multiplying exponentially, it may be only a matter of time before you find yourself watching yourself on the screen.