The Union-Tribune has finally discovered that a film crew has been filming in OB for the past umpteen weeks. On today’s (6-15-10) front page is an article entitled, “TV discovers a San Diego star: O.B.”, with some cool observations and comments from the television stars and producers themselves, plus the OB Rag is mentioned along with some of our gnarly commenters.
Here are some great quotes – the first by actor Raymond-James:
“Ocean Beach has become a character in the show that is just as big, if not bigger, than Donal and I. There is a bit of a scruffiness and scrappiness about our characters that fits right into O.B.”
Los Angeles-based executive producer Shawn Ryan, whose other TV projects include “Lie to Me” and “The Shield,” said:
“The town was not originally written as O.B., but as a beach community that had not become overly commercialized.
“We looked at locations stretching all the way south to Mexico and all the way north to San Francisco, but the city of San Diego and Ocean Beach in particular seemed just perfect. It’s kind of a miracle that O.B. exists in the way it does, and we incorporated that into the story line in terms of our characters really caring about the preservation of the town and that way of life.”
Actor Donal Logue explained his feelings for OB:
“I feel protective about this place because I’ve always been aware of how special it is. We’ve had a good relationship with O.B. on this show, and I hope they feel well represented. Although I’m sure most of the residences would rather be a well-kept secret from the world.”
Ted Caplaneris, owner of the Old Townhouse Restaurant on Newport Avenue, which is featured prominently in the series, offered his perspective:
“The O.B. folks are a real grass-roots, ‘Keep Out Corporate America’ bunch, and I think they’re unaware of the good things that filming does. We’re in a recession, and I think everyone should be welcoming the notoriety. Look at ‘Top Gun’ and the Kansas City Barbeque. They shot that dive bar scene there almost 25 years ago, and people still show up so they can take their picture there. I hope that happens with us.”
The U-T article by Karla Peterson discusses how when our blog posted an article about the pilot being produced in OB last summer, we had a flotilla of comments:
Filming in Ocean Beach is good for “Terriers,” but living with a production crew hasn’t been easy for all the natives. When the O.B. Rag blog wrote about the production of the pilot episode last summer, response from locals ranged from super stoked (“You can’t tell me it won’t be awesome to say to a friend, ‘Hey, watch this show, my house is in the background!’?”) to totally ticked. (“A crew member parked in front of my driveway. The whole street is available for them. Jerk.”)
Peterson’s piece at the very end does poke at an issue dear to our hearts: “Could TV success spoil Ocean Beach?”
TV discovers a San Diego star: O.B.
by Karla Peterson / Union-Tribune / June 15, 2010
In “Terriers,” a new cable drama set in Ocean Beach, former “Life” police captain Donal Logue plays a hapless private detective and former “True Blood” psychopath Michael Raymond-James plays a recently reformed petty thief. And Ocean Beach? It just plays its own funky self.
A recent shooting day found Operation “Terriers” hunkered down in a battered alley between Mallory’s Consignment Shop and the Apple Tree supermarket, where director Adam Arkin led the cast and crew through two short scenes while Ocean Beach life swirled all around them.
Planes roared overhead. Shoppers stepped over cables and rattled their Apple Tree bags. Two barefoot surfers wound through the alley, keeping their boards as far away from a mint-condition 1967 Chevy Impala as the narrow space would allow.
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