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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Knights Ridge Georgia?

Tonight, ABC premiered a mid-season replacement show called October Road. I was interested in watching it because in the promos, they showed a Welcome to Knights Ridge Massachusetts sign, so I wondered just what town in MA they might be filming in. I hadn't heard of any new TV pilot filming around Boston, but it could have been Western MA by the looks of the promo.

Yeah, well... evidentally the producers of this show think that Massachusetts looks Just Like Decatur Georgia. I don't think so. From the first shot of the houses, I was thinking, "Something looks wrong." It looked more like upstate NY or a midwestern town than Ma. Some of the houses were plausable, other ones just looked wrong. The stone fences were wrong. The trees were wrong. There was a dogwood blooming at the same time as azaleas and rhododendrons. That was wrong. The sidewalks looked wrong. The trees looked wrong. Even the long shot of the road into 'town' looked totally wrong.

There was a scene at the local college, and that really was odd. It didn't look like any of the Western MA colleges I know of, it certainly wasn't Williams or BC or BU. In fact, I couldn't think of any college in MA that looked like this school. I wonder why? Perhaps because it was actually Agnes State College in Decatur GA.

I hate when they do this. Why not just place the series in Georgia so at least it looks authentic. Or film it in MA. It looks like the series could easily have been shot in Northampton, which offers pretty much everything seen in the pilot. Seedyesque bar? Yup. Local coffee shop. Yeah, plenty of those. A college? Does Smith College ring a bell? Lots of grups? Plenty of those around. So why not film there?

I guess I should be thankful they didn't shoot in Vancouver, that Canadian city that becomes 'every American city'. The Canadian film board must be doing something really right, because Vancouver rakes in most of the film dough that American has left by the wayside.

Oh, you wondered about the show? Meh. Better than Men in Northern Exposure Trees. But that's not saying much, is it? It could turn into yet another WB/CB melodrama, or it could actually become somewhat more interesting. I'm not a huge fan of the small town drama, having little experience with small towns. I'm not getting excited about this one, though.

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Blogger The Lone Beader said...

Ah, that's the entertainment biz... You have to have a big budget to actually able to film anything in MA... Lata...

16/3/07 12:46 PM  
Blogger Sechakecha said...

I hate when people do that... It was kind of like, in the movie Failure to Launch ( I think that was it). I don't remember where it was suppose to take place, but in the very begining, it goes down a hill and you see the Inner Harbor at Baltimore, with our aquarium. And then the rest was filmed on the eastern shore of Maryland.

But it took place in California or something like that.

Or in Step Up... The dance hall was Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts I believe... in Annapolis... Yet the rest of the movie was filmed in Baltimore... 30 minutes away.

Stupid movies ruining things.

16/3/07 2:13 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Yup, that sure is Decatur, GA right near Agnes Scott College, a fine little women's-only liberal arts college, and my "target" neighborhood for buying a house. What you see on the street are renovated bungalows in classic Atlanta, GA style. New England it ain't. And the tufts of grass flanking the sidewalk, that's called Mondo Grass, something I never knew until I moved down here.
Neener-in Atlanter

19/3/07 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you think too much. "There was a dogwood blooming at the same time as azaleas and rhododendrons." Seriously? Why exude such energy on griping about something you can not change... change the channel. It's that easy.

14/2/08 5:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's strange that nobody has noticed that Knight's Ridge, Mass. (the fictional town) was also where the Movie "Beautiful Girls" (1996) takes place.
Good movie.

5/3/08 6:46 PM  
Blogger Adriana said...

Knight's Ridge is the setting for both October Road and Beautiful Girls because both are written by the same person and "loosely" based on the same characters.

3/4/08 6:55 PM  
OpenID awitabet said...

I am from Western Mass and I thought it kinda looked like Holyoke, in the opening scenes, of Beautiful Girls, no so much for October Road, no colleges there.

9/3/09 4:22 PM  

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