TV series Do No Harm favours Philadelphia’s filming incentives and history
New TV series Do No Harm has decided to film on location in Philadelphia. Network NBC made the decision based on the city’s competitive filming incentive programme and distinct architecture. It also helped that Philadelphia isn’t seen so much on TV.
The show is described as a modern-day version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic split-personality tale Jekyll & Hyde. Philadelphia’s historic look allows the producers to pay tribute to the original story’s Victorian London setting, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. The show will be spending around USD7 million locally for each episode filmed.
David Schulner created the show and spoke to the outlet: “I wanted cobblestone streets and I wanted foggy streetlights, and I wanted old brownstones and I wanted a real classic look that I could really juxtapose with the most modern, state-of-the-art hospital.”
I wanted cobblestone streets and I wanted foggy streetlights, and I wanted old brownstones and I wanted a real classic look.
David Schulner, Show Creator
Schulner adds that his Line Producer suggested Philadelphia rather than Boston or New York: “She said, 'Number one, the tax credit [and] number two, it's not as crowded as New York. In New York, nobody wants you to shoot on their street.”
Pennsylvania’s filmmaking profile is rising, with Do No Harm being the second TV show to call Philadelphia home in 2012. Pittsburgh, on the other side of the state, had a big year in 2011 when it doubled for Gotham City in Batman sequel The Dark Knight Rises.
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