Monday, July 23, 2018

Nashville (2012-2018)

Rivalry takes center stage on Nashville as country music legend Rayna James finds herself fast-approaching her sell by date as newcomer Juliette Barnes' star begins to shine brighter.  Throw in some inspirational country tunes, an array of catfights and a string ;-) of soap plots and it's no wonder Nashville was a breakout series of the 2012-2013 season.  

I was hooked ;-) during the initial season but my interest began to fade and I checked out by season 3.  I happen to have a few hours to kill when I was in Nashville last summer, so I decided to hit a few of the locations.  I don't own the series on DVD and don't have comparison shots for this post unfortunately.  With the departure of Connie Britton and a move from ABC to CMT, Nashville's popularity has dropped off the charts ;-) and the series finale is set to air in just a few days.

Nashville was filmed in... wait for it... Nashville, TN

Location: Rayna James' House
Address: 1358 Page Road, Nashville, TN

Location: Juliette Barnes' House
Address: 917 Overton Lea Road, Nashville, TN

Very secluded and hard to see from the road...

Location: Deacon Claybourne's House
Address: 619 Boscobel Street, Edgefield, TN

Location: Scarlett & Avery's House
Address: 623 Boscobel Street, Edgefield, TN

Just next door from Deacon's.  Gunnar and Will were also residents...

Location: Highway 65 Records
Address: 706 Church Street, Nashville, TN 

Location: The Bluebird Cafe
Address: 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN

I was gonna go in and grab a quick bite, but as you can see, several other people had the same idea.  It's here that Taylor Swift was discovered...

Location: The Parthenon
Address: 2600 W End Avenue, Nashville, TN  Centennial Park

Juliette performs here at the beginning of season two...

Gunnar popped the question to Scarlett by the pond during the season one finale...

Location: Rayna & Deacon's Bridge
Address: John Siegenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

Locations Visited: July 2017

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Central Park West (1995-1996)

If you've ever wondered why Melrose Place (1992-1999) began jumping the shark toward the end of the third season it's because creator and mastermind Darren Star left to create this show about ambitious Upper West Side Manhattanites set in the world of publishing.  Heavily promoted a la Models Inc. (1994-1995), CBS had high hopes to gain some of the younger demographic like that sly Fox of a network. Unfortunately the show failed to spark any interest and quickly went on hiatus.  It returned the following June retooled with cast changes but viewers scattered like NYC subway rats.

Central Park West was filmed in New York, NY

Location: Communique Headquarters
Address: 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

The Flatiron building is instantly recognizable as the trendy magazine's office space...

Location: Stephanie & Mark's Apartment Building
Address: 65 Central Park West, New York, NY

Locations Visited: June 2017

Monday, July 2, 2018

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Two yutes find themselves in deep trouble while traveling through sweet home Alabama.  Enter Vinny, an inexperienced lawyer and cousin to one of the yutes.  He arrives to save the day, along with a little help from his tough-as-nails girlfriend, in this delightful fish-out-of-water comedy.  The film appealed ;-) to both audiences and critics. Marisa Tomei gives the performance of her career and her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress is evidence ;-) of that, making that long-standing rumor simply heresay ;-). And as an added bonus, many people added positraction to their vocabulary thanks to the film. 

My Cousin Vinny was filmed in Bostwick, Monticello, Alto, Eatonton and Mansfield, GA

Location: Driving Past White House
Address: GA State Road 83 & Nolan Store Road, Bostwick, GA

Location: Sac-O-Suds Convenience Store
Address: 38 GA State Road 16, Monticello, GA

For a while, the Sac-O-Suds had closed it's doors, but has since reopened...

Location: Wazoo City Town Square
Address: Main Street, Monticello, GA

Location: Mitchell's Department Store
Address: 8 Towee Street, Monticello, GA

Location: Lacy's Second Hand Store
Address: 214 Forsyth Street, Monticello, GA

Vinny and Lisa then head down Forsyth Street...

Location: Dave's Bar-B-Q & Seafood
Address: 114 Frobel Street, Monticello, GA

Location: Trotter & Vinny Go Hunting
Address: Maddox Street & 7 Island Road, Monticello, GA

Location: General Putnam Motel
Address: 774 Madison Road, Eatonton, GA

I stopped by in the nick of time.  The General Putnam Motel is undergoing a major remodeling...  

Location: The Parker Hotel 
Address: 5951 Bostwick Road, Bostwick, GA

Location: Wazoo City Hotel
Address: 3089 S Main Street, Mansfield, GA

Locations Visited: April 2018