These cable and streaming dramas all film in and around Metro Vancouver and are renewed for another season:
Genre: Dark comedy, drama
Starring: Inbar Lavi, Rob Heaps, Parker Young, Marianne Rendon, Stephen Bishop, Brian Benben
Bravo’s third scripted series, Imposters, proved to be a success with an average 1.4 total viewers per episode and a hooked adult 18-49 key demographic. The dark comedy is about a con artist who steals the hearts, and other assets, from men and women. This time three of her victims team up to find her and all of her aliases. The first season shot around Vancouver in 2016 from late summer into December. The second season, which will air in 2018, is expected to begin production this fall and will also have 10 episodes.
Starring: Josh Henderson, Christine Evangelista, Lexa Doig, Carra Patterson, Michael Vartan
Mid-way through the first season of E!’s drama The Arrangement and the Hollywood-centric series has been renewed for a second season. The ‘inside’ Hollywood industry drama centres around a young actress who is offered $10 million to marry her co-star. Behind the romance and fame, the show depicts arranged relationships and self-help programs in Hollywood. The first season filmed in Hollywood North last summer. Vancouver’s own Katharine Isabelle played Hope in the first season.
Genre: Fantasy drama
Starring: Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishill, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor
After the pilot episode of The Magicians was shot in New Orleans, the series found a magical new home in Hollywood North. The Syfy fantasy is based on the novel with the same name and premiered in late 2015. It was recently renewed for a third season which will continue the adventures in the magical world. Reviews either belittle it compared to Harry Potter and Game of Thrones or praise it with a magic wand.
Check out our interview with Joshua Butler who directed an episode for The Magicians.
Network: The CW
Genre: Teen drama, mystery
Starring: KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry
Riverdale is so not the Archie Comics you grew up with. The CW’s hit teen drama is a matured adaptation of the beloved characters and full of darkness and mystery as it centres around a murder. While the teen characters make up most of the show, their parents tend to steel to screen at times – played by actors Luke Perry, Mädchen Amick, Lochlyn Munro, Skeet Ulrich, Marisol Nichols and even Molly Ringwald. Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Josie shoot in the Fraser Valley.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Genre: Dark comedy, drama
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes
The legendary Neil Patrick Harris will be staying in Vancouver a bit longer as Netflix picked up its adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events for a third season – before the second season even airs. Other Netflix series productions in Vancouver include Haters Back Off and Altered Carbon as well as the live-action film adaptation Death Note which filmed last summer. Other streaming services have also been producing original content in Hollywood North such as Hulu and Amazon.
So I may be heading back to Vancouver for a while. Anyone have a sweet penthouse in Yaletown that they aren’t using..? Digs4NPH@gmail.com
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) February 22, 2017
Two other hit Vancouver-filmed shows are renewed but are moving production down south to take advantage of new California tax credit incentives: Lucifer (FOX) and Legion (FX).
By Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch
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