• Filming Location,  Tour,  TV

    Frank’s Bagels from “Grace and Frankie”

    LOCATION The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on the grounds of Paramount Studios, which stands in for Frank’s Bagels in the third-season finale of “Grace and Frankie”. ADDRESS Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue Hollywood, CA paramountstudios.com STORY & PHOTOS Netflix’s great comedy “Grace and Frankie”, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, films at Hollywood’s Paramount Studios, and production makes great use of the studio lot. For instance, in the thirteenth episode of the third season, Sol (Sam Waterston) leads a protest of Frank’s Bagels. Frank’s is the best bagel place in town, but unfortunately is owned a run by a bigot (who’d protested the play…

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Tom’s Bistro from “Parks and Recreation”

    LOCATION The Los Angeles eatery Delancey stands in for Tom’s Bistro, owned by Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) on “Parks and Recreation”. ADDRESS Delancey 5936 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA delanceyhollywood.com STORY & PHOTOS  The lovable Tom Haverford on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is always coming up with new business ideas and money-making schemes. Of course, most of them fail (most spectacularly, Entertainment 720). But one business that finally worked out for Tom was his restaurant, Tom’s Bistro. It took some trial-and-error, but with the help of his friends he made it stick.

  • Celeb Sightings,  Celebs,  Events

    Event: “Scandal” PaleyFest Panel

    WHERE Dolby Theatre, Hollywood & Highland WHEN March 8, 2015 STORY & PHOTOS Our third and final PaleyFest adventure this year was the panel for “Scandal”! The theater was electric; all the Gladiators in the room were practically foaming at the mouth. The “Lawn Chair” episode was screened (um, emotional much?) and then moderator Jimmy Kimmel introduced the cast. It was the biggest panel we saw, and all of the principal cast members were there, which was awesome.

  • Celeb Sightings,  Celebs,  Events

    Event: “Girls” PaleyFest Panel

    WHERE Dolby Theatre, Hollywood & Highland WHEN March 8, 2015 STORY & PHOTOS “GIRLS”. You love it or you hate it, and I love it. (Though not as much as my pal Alex, who loves “Girls” more than anyone.) He and I were both really excited for the “Girls” PaleyFest panel. We tandem-read (and loved) Lena Dunham’s book Not That Kind of Girl while poolside in Miami last year, and Lena is one of Alex’s heroes. It was a big deal to be there.

  • Celeb Sightings,  Celebs,  Events

    Event: “The Good Wife” PaleyFest Panel

    WHERE Dolby Theatre, Hollywood & Highland WHEN March 7, 2015 STORY & PHOTOS “The Good Wife” is hands-down one of the best shows on TV today. It has the wit, intelligence, acting and writing quality of a primo cable drama, but it airs 20-24 episodes a year on CBS. Crazy! The creative team and the cast are incredibly talented, and I was thrilled to get to attend their PaleyFest panel tonight!

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Paramount’s Production Park from “Rizzoli & Isles”

      LOCATION Production Park, an area within the production, writing, and directing buildings on Paramount’s lot, which has been used in “Rizzoli & Isles” and “NCIS: LA”. ADDRESS Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue Hollywood, CA paramountstudiotour.com STORY & PHOTOS One thing that movie studios keep in mind is that they want to be able to use any part of their lots for filming purposes. That means that even offices and landscaping are done with filming in mind. Production Park at Paramount is a good example. It’s a courtyard surrounded by buildings that once housed actors, directors, and producers — including Alfred Hitchcock’s former office. The buildings are built in a…

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Jane Rizzoli’s Apartment from “Rizzoli & Isles”

      LOCATION The apartment building where Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) lives on “Rizzoli & Isles”. ADDRESS Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue Hollywood, CA paramountstudiotour.com STORY & PHOTOS TNT’s “Rizzoli and Isles” is set on the New England streets of Boston, MA, but it’s filmed thousands of miles west at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA.

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Boston Police Department from “Rizzoli & Isles”

      LOCATION The exterior of the Boston Police Department as seen on TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles”. ADDRESS Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue Hollywood, CA paramountstudiotour.com STORY & PHOTOS TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” is set on the New England streets of Boston, MA, but it’s filmed thousands of miles west at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA.

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Miceli’s Italian Restaurant from “Dexter”

    LOCATION Miceli’s Italian Restaurant, where Dexter (Michael C. Hall) takes Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) in an eighth-season episode. ADDRESS Miceli’s Italian Restaurant 1646 N Las Palmas Avenue Hollywood, CA micelisrestaurant.com STORY & PHOTOS “Dexter” is set in Miami, but is actually filmed in and around Long Beach and Hollywood, CA.

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    Borchert Hall from “Community”

      LOCATION Borchert Hall, part of the fictional Greendale Community College campus from “Community”. ADDRESS Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue Hollywood, CA paramountstudiotour.com STORY & PHOTOS Well, Human Beings, the day has finally come: our beloved “Community” has been canceled by NBC. It is tragic, really; however, I’m glad that I was lucky enough to visit some of the locations where “Community” was filmed and to meet its cast while the show was still on the air. [Update: thank you, Yahoo!] One spot that was fun to see was Borchert Hall, which came into play in the fifth season, as we learned about the mysterious Russell Borchert, who may have had sex…