While taping wrapped up last week for the CW television pilot “Body Politic,” featuring “Friday Night Lights” starlet Minka Kelly, producers and local film boosters scrambled to keep the show filming in Richmond during the regular season.
In the pilot, Kelly co-stars as Hope, who moves from Michigan to Washington to work as an aide for the attorney general (Tim Matheson), who’s also her father.
Networks usually decide which shows they’ll pick up for the season around May 15, says Andy Edmunds, location manager for the Virginia Film Office. While Richmond offers a low cost of living and proximity to D.C., where the show is set, Edmunds says the state lags behind others with incentives to bring productions here in an increasingly competitive climate. (…)
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J.F. Taylor is a man who took part in the pilot as an extra. You can read the story of his “one day job” in this post of his blog :
In order to do his “part”, the guy had to shave off his beard he had for about 35 years !
A short video (from CW Richmond) on the set of the pilot in Richmond, Va.
Gabrielle Union, Brian Austin Green, Jay Hernandez and Jenny Wade are set as leads on the CW’s drama Body Politic.
“Politic,” from CBS Par, is a look at Washington politics through the eyes of up-and-coming staffers.
Green will play the president’s “boy wonder” adviser. Union will play his sometimes-girlfriend, a legislative director. Hernandez will play a naval officer. Wade, repped by TalentWorks and Benderspink, will play an idealistic young staffer.
For Green, repped by APA and manager Tracy Samuels, “Body Politic” is formally in second position to “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”
Minka Kelly is going to Washington. The Friday Night Lights star has been tapped as the lead of the CW’s drama pilot Body Politic.
She is joined by an alum from another critically praised but low-rated series, Veronica Mars’ Jason Dohring, who also been cast in the pilot.
Kelly will play Hope, an all-American girl who leaves her life in Michigan after the death of her mother and heads to D.C., where her long-lost dad, Sen. Webster (Tim Matheson), has just been appointed Attorney General, and takes a job on his staff.
Dohring will play a reporter with the Washington Post.
(The Hollywood Reporter)