Are You Watching NBC's Revolution for a Glimpse of Wilmington?
Before I moved to Wilmington, I spent many hours watching episodes of NBC’s Surface, WB’s Dawson’s Creek, and CW’s One Tree Hill, scanning the backgrounds and buildings for a sense of what it was like to live here. As series filmed in the Wilmington area, I found it was a great way to get a feel for what the area was like (minus the giant fictional water creature and weekly drama), because my knowledge of Wimington was very limited. Before it was suggested I move here, I had never actually been to Wilmington. With the premiere of NBC’s Revolution, I can’t help but wonder if there is someone out there watching it, looking for a sneak at their future home town.
Revolution’s pilot was primarily shot in Atlanta, GA, so viewers were not able to catch a glimpse of Wilmington until Tuesday night’s episode. In that episode, Tracy Spiridakos (“Charlie Matheson”) and JD Pardo (“Nate”) filmed under the Fifth Avenue Bridge. It looked incredibly rural on screen with its tall grass and railroad tracks, but you’ll see from the aerial map that it isn’t.
Next week’s episode has cast appearing at the old Sticky Finger’s restaurant in the Market Street/New Center area. It hasn’t aired, but you’ll also notice this building is in the middle of a commercial area. It’s amazing what film can do!
Even though I’ve been here for almost 6 years, when I drive through Wilmington and spot “Capeside High” at UNCW or the old location of “The River Court” across the River, I can’t help but smile knowing how magical a place Wilmington is.