• Filming Location,  TV

    Miss Patty’s Barn from “Gilmore Girls”

    LOCATION Miss Patty’s Barn in the fictional Stars Hollow, where Miss Patty (Liz Torres) teaches her dance classes, where town meetings are held, and where Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Dean (Jared Padalecki) accidentally fall asleep after a dance and get in major trouble with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Emily (Kelly Bishop). ADDRESS Warner Brothers Studio 3400 W Riverside Drive Burbank, CA wbstudiotour.com STORY & PHOTOS Part of the charm of beloved dramedy “Gilmore Girls” is the world in which it exists – the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Based on real Connecticut towns, Stars Hollow is a cute and charming place where everybody knows your name (and probably all…

  • Filming Location,  TV

    April and Andy’s ramshackle new house from “Parks and Recreation”

    LOCATION The ramshackle, weird, falling-down house that Andy and April bought during the final season of “Parks and Recreation”. ADDRESS 837 Beacon Avenue Los Angeles, CA Note: this is private property (and very fenced-in). It’s okay to snap photos from the street, but be sure not to trespass! STORY & PHOTOS Our favorite lovable weirdos, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) and April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), had a sort of existential crisis in the final season of “Parks and Recreation” when they realized their lives were pretty normal. They, of course, had to run out and fix that… so they bought a creepy-ass, rundown, ramshackle house.

  • Filming Location,  Movies,  TV

    Los Angeles City Hall from “Scandal”, “How to Get Away with Murder”, “L.A. Confidential”, and more

    LOCATION Los Angeles City Hall, a functioning government building, has been seen onscreen in “Scandal”, “How to Get Away with Murder”, “Nancy Drew”, “L.A. Confidential”, “Chinatown”, “The Black Dahlia”, and more. ADDRESS Los Angeles City Hall 200 N Spring Street Los Angeles, CA STORY & PHOTOS In addition to its historical significance, Los Angeles City Hall is also a popular filming location. In 1997’s “L.A. Confidential” (one of my favorite films), the police are stationed in City Hall. 2013’s “Gangster Squad” had several shots with City Hall in the background, including this one with the tower:

  • Filming Location,  Landmarks,  Movies,  TV

    Niagara Falls from “The Office”, “Fever Pitch”, and “Tammy”

      LOCATION:  Niagara Falls, national landmark and the site of Jim and Pam’s wedding on “The Office”, as well as a date between Lindsey and Ben in “Fever Pitch”. It was also the backdrop for the short-lived series “Wonderfalls”. ADDRESS: Niagara Falls Niagara Falls, NY STORY & PHOTOS: Niagara Falls is not only the oldest state park in the United States and a major tourist attraction, it’s also been used as a filming location in various TV shows and films. Full disclosure: I’ve been to Niagara Falls twice and expected it to be “meh”, but I loved it. It’s genuinely majestic.

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Brass Ring Jewelers from “Hart of Dixie”

      LOCATION Brass Ring Jewelers, a jewelry store in fictional Bluebell, Alabama, from “Hart of Dixie”. ADDRESS Warner Brothers Studio 3400 W Riverside Drive Burbank, CA wbstudiotour.com STORY & PHOTOS In the first-season episode “Snowflakes and Soulmates”, a disoriented Brick (Tim Matheson) goes into the jewelry shop to inquire about patching up a vintage veil for Lemon to wear at her elopement to George.

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Bellefleur Mansion from “True Blood”

      LOCATION: Bellefleur Mansion, where Bill meets Portia’s family and finds out he is her distant relative. ADDRESS: 526 S. Rimpau Boulevard Los Angeles, CA Note: this is a private home. It’s okay to take photos from the street, but don’t trespass or do anything to disturb the residents. STORY & PHOTOS: “True Blood” is set in the south (Bon Temps, Louisiana, to be specific) and occasionally the show needs southern-style mansions as filming locations. One place in Los Angeles (where the show is filmed) where that kind of grandeur exists is in the Hancock Park neighborhood, which is where you’ll find the mansion that stands in for the Bellefleur’s…

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Annalise Keating’s office from “How to Get Away with Murder”

    LOCATION The house where Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) lives and practices law (and where her husband is murdered) in ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder”. ADDRESS 1130 W. 27th Street Los Angeles, CA Note: this is a private residence. It’s okay to take photos from the street but be sure not to trespass or do anything to disturb the residents! STORY & PHOTOS ABC’s thriller “How to Get Away with Murder” focuses on defense attorney Annalise Keating, who teaches and practices law. Her home also serves as her law office, where several of her students work for her. One fateful night, they also accidentally kill her husband Sam (Tom…

  • Exhibits,  TV

    “Survivor” Anniversary Photo Exhibit at the Paley Center

    WHAT A collection of photos (and some props) celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Survivor” WHERE The Paley Center, 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA WHEN March 8, 2015 STORY & PHOTOS I’m a longtime “Survivor” junkie. I’ve watched the reality juggernaut since its first season and I think I’ve seen every episode. Favorite players ever? Ethan Zohn (Africa, All-Stars), Boston Rob Mariano (Marquesas, All-Stars, Heroes vs Villains, Redemption Island), Rob Cesternino (The Amazon, All-Stars), Sandra Diaz-Twine (Pearl Islands, Heroes vs Villains),  Cirie Fields (Panama, Micronesia: Fans vs Favorites, Heroes vs Villains), Jonathan Penner (Cook Islands, Micronesia: Fans vs Favorites, Phillippines), Yul Kwon (Cook Islands), Earl Cole (Fiji), Amanda Kimmel (China, Micronesia: Fans…

  • Filming Location,  Movies,  TV

    Frank’s Restaurant from “Gone Girl” and “Parks and Recreation”

      LOCATION Frank’s Restaurant, a no-frills diner-style spot and Burbank landmark that’s appeared in everything from “Gone Girl” to “Parks and Rec”. ADDRESS Frank’s Restaurant 916 W Olive Avenue Burbank, CA STORY & PHOTOS Frank’s Restaurant has been on my to-visit list for years, but for some reason I never made it there (which is especially weird since it’s literally on the same street as the hotel I usually stay at in Burbank). But this year – I made it! I was spurred on by the fact that it appeared in “Gone Girl”, which was one of my favorite films of 2014. I love Ben Affleck and David Fincher, so it…

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Los Altos Apartments from “Transparent” and “Angel”

      LOCATION Los Altos Apartments is used for the exterior of the apartment building where Ali (Gaby Hoffman) lives on “Transparent”. It was also the exterior of the Hyperion Hotel on “Angel”. ADDRESS Los Altos Apartments 4121 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA apartments.com STORY & PHOTOS Amazon’s Golden Globe-winning dramedy “Transparent” is set in Los Angeles and uses the city to set a rich backdrop for its stories. The characters and settings are so L.A.; it’s a case of a show making great use of its filming locations.