Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)
of TV Shows,
Made-for-TV Movies & Music Videos.
If you're a fan of the NBC show "CHUCK",
you'll recognize the Spanish-style apartment courtyard where Chuck lives.
You'll find that courtyard at 1832 Grace Avenue,
at the southeast corner of Fountain & Grace, in Hollywood.
Built in 1928 by Cecil B. DeMille, it's known as
"El Cabrillo". It was once
the home of silent movie stars, and is on the National Register of Historic
They built a duplicate of this courtyard as a set
at Warner Bros studio
(so they don't have to trek out here all the time), but this is the original
- and the red-tiled roof you see in the shows occasional aerial shots of
speaking of "CHUCK", you're
probably wondering where his "Buy More"
store is, right ?
The exterior shot (above) that you see on the show
is actually an old Mervyn's department store, located at 6605 Fallbrook Ave,
Canoga Park - in the Fallbrook
(That's on the southwest side of the San Fernando Valley.)
In the shot above, you are looking north, at the
south side of the store. As
you can see in the aerial photo below, it's a perfect match (except
for the fake "Buy More" sign, of course).
(All Mervyn's stores have gone out of business, and
as of 2010, the store is currently empty. It will eventually be replaced
by another store, so odds are its look will change.)
And do you remember that beautiful stone church where Chuck & Sarah
finally got married (in the 2011 season finale)?
The sign outside read "First Church of Saints", but don't believe it.
This is actually the Church of the Angels, at 1100 Avenue 64, in Pasadena, CA.
It's an Episcopal-Anglican church and was built 122 years ago, in 1889.
2009 sitcom, "COUGAR TOWN",
is set in a residential neighborhood in Florida, a cul de sac of red tile-roofed
In real life, that street (in the pilot episode)
was actually the 9800 block of Forbes Avenue,in North Hills - in L.A.'s
San Fernando Valley. (You can see one house on that street in the
photo to the left.)
But then an odd thing happened. In the second
episode, they switched neighborhoods! Despite the homes
having similar red-tile roofs, they actually moved the filming 20 miles
southeast. Courtney's new address became 4033 Lamarr Avenue,
in Culver City.
That just happens to be right across the street from
Sony Studios (formerly MGM).
these are private homes. Do not knock on their doors, trespass on their
property, or do anything else that
might disturb the residents. ]
On another ABC sitcom, "MODERN FAMILY",
Phil & Claire 's house
can be found at 10336 Dunleer Drive,
in west Los Angeles.
these are private homes. Do not knock on their doors,
trespass on their property, or do anything else that might disturb the
(That's only two miles north
of Courtney Cox's "Cougar Town" house.)
As you know, there are two other crazy families
on the show,
the older couple (Jay & Gloria), and the gay couple (Cameron & Mitchell).
Jay & Gloria's house is in Brentwood,
at 121 S. Cliffwood Avenue.
Cameron & Mitchell's house is in
Century City, at 2211 Fox Hills Drive.
(It's about two miles north of Phil
& Claire's house, and four miles east of Jay & Gloria's.)
Did you watch the final
episode of "24"?
You'll never guess where it was filmed. Click here to find out.
What if the whole world blacked
out for two minutes? That's the premise
of "FlashForward", a 2010 ABC drama series.
For two full pages
of FlashForward filming
locations, click here.
On the 2010 ABC show, "THE DEEP END",
about first-year lawyers at a law firm,
the office tower in which they worked was almost a character on the show,
striking background vistas of the city skyline and the mountains beyond.
That building is the Paul Hastings tower,
at 515 S. Flower Street,
Los Angeles. It is one of a pair of identical 52-story towers at the Arco
(now called City National Plaza). It is the tower to the north, at 5th
They appear to have actually filmed many
of the scenes within the building itself
(at least for the pilot episode). The building is no stranger to Hollywood.
Just recently, it appeared in "Heroes" as New York's "Kirby
(And appropriately enough Paul Hastings is a major law firm.)
Another 2009 show, "COMMUNITY"
(starring Jeff Winger & Chevy Chase),
is set in a fictional community college
called "Greendale Community College.
In real life, the show is shot on the campus
of Los Angeles City College,
a real community college at 855 N. Vermont Ave,
Los Angeles, CA.
On the 2009 ABC show, "EASTWICK",
if you're curious about just where that cute, little
New England town is (the one you see when the show opens, with that little
the answer is: several different places.
The establishing shot of that aerial fly-in
(that you see above) was shot in Camden,
The little white church (seen in the middle of the photo above) is actually
Chestnut Street Baptist Church, at 29
Chestnut St, in Camden, Maine.
Other exterior location shots were filmed
at different spots around New England,
and are dropped in occasionally to give the illusion that Eastwick is located
But most of the actual filming on
the ground is done on the back lot of Warner Bros
on their "Midwest Street"
outdoor set, which just happens to have a little, white church
that looks a lot like the one in Camden. This same small town set was recently
extensively as "Star's Hollow", the setting for "The
Gilmore Girls", and in a zillion
other productions before that (including "The Music Man").
You can see this set, up close, when you
take the studio tour of the Warner Bros
studio, at 3400 Riverside Drive,
in Burbank, CA.
* Locations marked by an asterisk (*) may be located
in areas with high crime rates.
Exercise reasonable caution.
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being taped live in the studio, see the separate page about getting tickets
to live TV tapings.
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