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.
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.
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