TV field trip: visiting USA's Burn Notice and A&E's The Glades in Miami
Posting will be light early this week for a wonderful reason: I'm bopping down to Miami today and tomorrow to spend time on the two biggest scripted TV shows shooting full-time in the state: USA's Burn Notice and A&E's new series The Glades.
Both shows seem to be examples of the increasingly popular "blue sky"-style cops, crime and adventure shows filling cable channels these days. My job: to check out how that stuff gets assembled in in the Sunshine State, and why Florida has gained a growing foothold in such TV productions.
Of course, The Glades was a production which could have landed in the Tampa Bay area, with scenes in its pilot filmed at the Don Cesar beach resort in Pinellas County. Area film commission officials say the producers wanted a different location, but Creative Loafing's Mitch Perry reported earlier this month that others say the local film commissions weren't organized enough to accomodate the expansive production.
Still, there's hope that a recent move by Gov. Charlie Crist to provide $242-million in tax incentives to lure film and TV production over the next five years. That could have an impact; according to the Miami Herald, Burn Notice claims to have spent $25-million in Florida during its first two seasons here.
So instead, I'll be headed tomorrow to Pembroke Pines where Australian actor Matt Passmore (left) plays a retired Chicago cop who winds up working for the FDLE as a roving, smartass Columbo. Today, it's a stop by the Burn Notice set, where I'll hopefully get to watch TV legend Sharon Gless work her magic as superspy Michael Westen's put-upon mother.
Feel free to log in with any questions you'd like answered or issues you think I should be checking out. Otherwise, you can expect to see the fruits of my labor here and in the newspaper in mid-July.
Here's a trailer for The Glades: