Fall into some BOP tonight because “Body of Proof” is back for Season 2 at 10pm. The night-time series hit the ABC airwaves last spring after shooting Season 1 entirely in Rhode Island and proved itself around the world, securing a spot back into a Fall prime time spot.
Unfortunately for us, it kicked its New England roots and rolled out in LA for Season 2. You might be able to take BOP out of New England but you can’t take New England out of BOP. Not only was the pilot series shot here, the star of the series Dana Delany grew up in Connecticut.
The medical drama follows Dr. Megan Hunt’s (Delany) successful but bittersweet life as an overachieving medical examiner. It seems no matter how many shots come along the way, the sharp neurosurgeon dodges the bullets by staying on top and looking oh so chic along the way. Delany takes the spotlight in most cases, and along with this hot cast including Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend, John Carroll Lynch, Windell Middlebrooks, Nicholas Bishop and Sonja Sohn has viewers ready to start examining “BOP” back into their Tuesday lineup.
What’s new on-tap at Boston Casting? They offer an ever-expanding selection of craft-brewed casting, classes and workshops throughout the year. This kind of selection makes Boston Casting intoxicating. And if you’re thirsty for a hard-to find NY Casting Director, grab a pint.
Mia Cusumano will be serving a Master Audition Technique Shop and a Breaking into the Acting Workshop this weekend June 11th or June 12th at the posh InterContinental Hotel in Boston. Cusumano is currently the associate casting director on the ABC show “Body Of Proof”. As we know, BOP did get picked up for another season but unfortunately kicked its Rhode Island roots. Cusumano has been brewing credits from prime time television pilots and series to studio feature films. Also, Mia was just hired as Casting Associate on HBO’s “UNTITLED PHIL SPECTOR” project.
No matter how you pour your beer, dizzy yourself up by standing in front of Cusumano here in Hollywood East this weekend. You’ll be sipping on your skills as you learn how to give a perfect on-camera audition, deliver an engaging performance all while maintaining a perfect head.
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★ Rhode Island filmed “Body of Proof” earns high ratings in its first run.
★ Burlington, MA’s Amy Poehler to speak at this year’s Harvard graduation.
★ Bridget Moynihan talks about her past relationship with New England Patriot Tom Brady.
★ Boston-born Mario Cantone joins cast of new NBC show.
★ Kate Middleton is a distant cousin of Ellen DeGeneres, as uncovered by the New England Historical Genealogical Society.
The night-time series is based in Philly but was shot entirely in Rhode Island and fueled millions into the community — even giving a run-down Warwick warehouse a face lift.
“BOP” was not only filmed in New England, but the star of the series, Dana Delany is a local, having grown up in Connecticut. Delany hasn’t lived in the area for over twenty years but according to reports she feels at home here in Hollywood East.
The up and coming medical drama follows Dr. Megan Hunt’s (Delany) successful but bittersweet life as an overachieved medical examiner. It seems no matter how many shots come along the way, the sharp neurosurgeon dodges the bullets by staying on top and looking so chic. Delany takes the spot light in most cases, and along with this hot cast like Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend, John Carroll Lynch, Windell Middlebrooks, Nicholas Bishop and Sonja Sohn has viewers ready to start examining “BOP”.
But let’s face it, no matter how much we rave about the leads, the set would be nothing without local talent that keeps the heart pumping. Local actor, Chuck Slavin was a stand-in for Geoffrey Arend, who plays Ethan Ross, and worked on a solid ten episodes as CSU Tech.
“The timing couldn’t be better for the “Body of Proof” premiere with the governor’s new budget putting the film tax credit back under fire in Rhode Island. BOP will hopefully deliver the proof needed that the credit works and so does RI film,” Slavin tells HEC.
And the beautiful Margot Muraszkiewicz who you will see in a few shots, caught all the action as Jeri Ryan’s stand-in.
“I LOVED the familial feel of being on the BOP set! It’s rare to find a cast & crew that get along so well, and the camaraderie extended into weekly16mm projected movie nights held at the downtown Providence loft of our DP, and Friday night gatherings at McCormick & Schmick’s, following a long work week,” Margot tells us.
“I’m tickled that the show has already premiered in Poland (among other European countries) where my entire family lives – they’ve been watching it since late February! My 8-year-old nephew is busy trying to spot me on his TV in every episode…I had to explain that when I was “standing-in”, I was not actually being recorded on-camera,” Margot adds.
Worcester, MA actor Tom Dwyer, who worked background on the set said “I am very excited to see the premiere of BOP. So many people put in so much hard work to make the final product what it is, and I look forward to seeing that vision come to life. It is always amazing to be a part of such a complex creative collaboration, and it’s always exciting when the finished product premieres to the world”. These are just a few of the hundreds of local talent that put in many hours on set making the spring debut alive.
BOP has been proving itself around the world where the first episode aired on Italian Fox Life in January with over 300,000 viewers. Tonight’s premiere hits the U.S airwaves at ten sharp, so let’s resuscitate our Tuesday night lineup!
If the ABC series makes the fall cut and Gov. Chafee’s proposal is shot down, BOP will resume action come summertime in the posh “Warwickwood” Production Studio.
Follow up with Hollywood East Connection after the premiere to give us your analysis.
The 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night were chock full of New England connections from start to finish. While many were preoccupied with evaluating the skills of first time hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco, who recently admitted to only rehearsing the show on the weekends because of his course load at Yale, or checking their watch to see how long the show went over, those of us in Hollywood East were anxiously keeping tabs on the awards tally for films made in New England.
Boston’s Maria Menounos worked the red carpet arrivals in the official pre-show. On the E cable network, Ryan Seacrest talked to Mark Wahlberg, producer and star of The Fighter.
“It exceeded my expectations. We were fortunate to make the best possible version of the film, we just had so much support. I promised Mickey and Dicky I would get the movie made,” said Wahlberg.
Melissa Leo, who won her first Academy Award in 2 nominations for her role in The Fighter, secured her own quirky point in the history of the awards–uttering the F-word during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress. Though the word was bleeped by the censors for the telecast, Leo later apologized for her inappropriate choice of language.
Her award counterpart, and costar, Christian Bale also picked up his first Oscar for his supporting role in The Fighter.
Harvard grad Natalie Portman completed, as expected, a whirlwind awards season, picking up her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her turn in Black Swan.
The Social Network, which was partially filmed in Boston and Cambridge, picked up a number of awards, including Best Screenplay, Best Score, and Best Film Editing. The film, of course, follows the story of the creation of Facebook by Harvard grad Mark Zuckerberg.
The New England connections weren’t limited to the Oscars telecast; commercials for the Rhode Island shot “Body of Proof” TV show aired during the breaks, as it will be premiering on the alphabet network in March.
★ Ben Affleck’s love letters to Boston; this time in The Company Men.
★ Supermodel Gisele Bundchen reads to kids in Boston.
About ten-years ago, a South Shore kid named Chuck Slavin arrived in Hollywood, CA moments after graduating from high school. “It was always a dream of mine to be an actor,” Chuck tells HEC. Although Slavin’s stay in LA was short, it ended with a bang landing some TV time on the show, “Six Feet Under”.
Today, Slavin doesn’t need to look for work on the West coast because the hot to trot actor is working steadily right here in Hollywood East even hanging upside down for his first SAG commercial this year. “I couldn’t be happier with where I am at,” he tells us. Right now Slavin is working on the new ABC series “Body of Proof” starring Dana Delany as a reoccurring medical examiner.
He’s also been standing in for Geoffrey Arend who plays Ethan Gross on “Body of Proof”. “He’s probably one of the funniest actors I have ever stood-in for,” Slavin tells us. BOP is wrapping up shop this month and a Spring premiere awaits. “It has been a lot of fun. I hope they come back to the area to shoot season 2,” Slavin adds. And we do too.
The gigs don’t stop there for Slavin. “Between a few features, including David Garfield’s The Rude, the Mad & the Funny, some work on studio projects, and commercial work for Ballot Question 1, I also engaged myself heavily in the political arena this year, endorsing and organizing for newly elected State Representative Steven Howitt,” Slavin tells us. “Working on the Howitt campaign was a great experience for me. I have been an advocate for the film industry for some time; it was fascinating to be a part of the process.”
A few months back Slavin was interviewed by his hometown paper, The Pembroke Express. That day Slavin’s son’s school teacher told them about their Dad. “On the ride home, my oldest son told me that I was in the paper today because I am a “movie star,” he smiled. “That’s all that matters to me is that my son’s are rooting for me.”
When Slavin first hit the industry scene, he was cautioned not to mention his personal life. But in twenty ten, he no longer fears the need to keep his biggest accomplishments hushed, “My children mean the world to me”.
It’s clear that Slavin’s true fears don’t lie within the rollercoaster ride of this biz. “People will either like you or not, resent you or cheer you, you can’t take either extreme to heart; just know your own path,” Slavin tells us. Slavin has paved his own way through the bumps and bruises of Hollywood East. “Get yourself out there and network. Be prepared for lots of rejection but don’t let it deter your dream,” he adds.
You can follow the charismatic actor by hitting up Chuck Slavin dot com, become friends with New England Talent and Crew on FB where the founder, aka Slavin, will keep you posted with a Sunday industry Brunch Newsletter or you can follow him on twitter.
It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over, and time for the networks to roll out their new fall shows. The 2010 fall line-ups, once again, will be packed with Hollywood East connections, including some new shows and old favorites.
New on ABC, “Body of Proof”, starring Dana Delaney, was actually filmed in Rhode Island, and follows the story of a medical examiner examiner who finds herself in conflict with the police she works with as she attempts to help solve crimes. Episodes are still being filmed and extra casting opportunities are being handled by LDI Casting in Rhode Island.
On CBS, the one hour drama series “Blue Bloods”, costars Tom Selleck and Boston’s own Donnie Wahlberg as New York cops who also happen to be family members.
NBC, which ordered 13 episodes of a new David E. Kelley series, called “Kindreds”, has chosen to leave the legal drama off of its fall schedule and save it for a mid season replacement. Kelley, who attended law school in Boston, is well-known for his string of Boston-based TV shows, including “Boston Legal”, “Boston Public”, “Ally McBeal”, and “The Practice”.
Returning favorites include Fox’s “Glee”, which was co-created by Newton, Massachusetts bred Brad Falchuk, will be returning with much advance hype about its sophomore season, with an episode featuring Britney Spears music already being discussed amidst the fandom.
On ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy”, which stars Everett’s Ellen Pompeo and Maine’s Patrick Dempsey, is entering its 6th season on the network. Word has it this could be the final season for the popular and successful medical drama.
On cable, Hollywood East will be represented significantly on Showtime, as Newton’s Matt LeBlanc will be starring in “Episodes”. The shot-in-Connecticut Laura Linney, series, “The Big C”, will also debut this season, after filming throughout the early part of the summer in southern Connecticut.
★ Actor Michael Weatherly, who grew up in Connecticut and attended Brooks Academy in Andover, MA, just signed an “NCIS” deal.
★ Executive producer and Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg appears at the premier of season 7 of “Entourage”.
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