Saturday, January 25, 2020

Insatiable (2018-2019)

Patty Bladell has an insatiable hunger for life...and food.  Bullied by her peers, she reaches a breaking point with a homeless man, which results in her jaw being wired shut.  A summer of a liquid diet sheds the pounds and turns the heads in the hallways when she returns to school.  Disgraced pageant groomer turned lawyer Bob Armstrong defends Patty's case and mentors her to take the crowns of Miss Bareback Buckaroo, Miss Magic Jesus and everything in between. And all while taking on his nemesis Bob Baywatch Body, Bulgin' Biceps, Balls for Brains, Boxer Brief, Bag of Boners, Backdoor Man Barnard, which culminates in a surprising cockfight.  Throw in murder, mayhem and mascara and you have Netlix's over-the-top comedy Insatiable.

Insatiable received quite a bit of backlash just before its premiere, with the public ravenous for the show's cancellation, citing that it promoted fat shaming.  The streaming company stood firm on its defense, stating that the show is meant to be a satire.  Critics subsequently shamed Insatiable with unflattering reviews but that hasn't stopped the episodes from coming as season 2 arrived in 2019, co-starring me! (more on that later).  When I researched filming locations, the only information I could find was that the series was shot in Newnan, GA.  I was able to figure out a few, but had much more success tracking down season two locations.

Insatiable is filmed in Newnan, East Point, Austell, Morrow and Atlanta, GA

Location: Armstrong & Armstrong LLP
Address: 34 Court Square, Newnan, GA

Location: Patty Bladell's House
Address: 269 Ormond Street SE, Atlanta, GA

Season 1, Pilot

Location: The Courthouse
Address: 22 Jackson Square, Newnan, GA

Location: Bob & Patty's Restaurant
Address: 9 E Court Square, Newnan, GA  Golden's On The Square

Location: Patty's Clothing Store 
Address: 12 N Court Square, Newnan, GA  Kendra's

Season 1, Episode 2 "Skinny Is Magic"

Location: Main Street
Address: Greenville Street, Newnan, GA

Season 2, Episode 1 "Pig"

Location: 1st Degree Burger 
Address: 1519 Norman Berry Drive Road, East Point, GA  Dairy Queen

Location: Miss Northeastern Georgia Dreams Pageant
Address: 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell, GA  
Six Flags Over Georgia - Crystal Pistol Music Hall

As I mentioned earlier, I did grace the screen in season 2.  Not with any lines, I was just an extra, something I've done on and off since 2004. Rarely, however, have I been in a show or movie that I watch or would want to watch so this was a nice change.  I am all the way to the left clapping my hands until they were raw.  I have not been back to Six Flags since this was filmed so I don't have a comparison shot as of right now...  

Season 2, Episode 3 "Boomerang"

Location: Dixie's Gas Station
Address: 124 Six Flags Parkway SW, Austell, GA

Season 2, Episode 4 "Poison Patty"

Location: The Skating Rink
Address: 3335 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA   Cascade

As you can see, these aren't matching shots.  This skating rink was also used on Cobra Kai (2018-), which is why I visited initially during the spring of 2019.

Location: Swingers' Apartment
Address: 229 Bradberry Street SW, Atlanta, GA

"I'm gonna rip your fucking nipples off!" is really more of a safe sentence than a safe word...

Season 2, Episode 5 "Finding Magnolia"

Location: Hughes University
Address: 2000 Clayton State Boulevard, Morrow, GA  Clayton State University

Most of the action takes place at the James M Baker University Center Building...

Season 2, Episode 6  "Eat and Run"

Location: Dee's Townhouse
Address: 55 Crumley Street SE, Atlanta, GA

Nonnie spies with the Orange Parking Lot of the Georgia State Stadium in the background...

Season 2, Episode 10  "The Most You Can Be"

Location: The Miss American Lady Pageant
Address: 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA  Infinite Energy Center

To come full circle, I was a pageant goer in the first episode of season 2 and the last episode of season 2.  This was the longest day I had spent on set in the 14 years I've been doing extra work - 18 hours!  It was the very last day of shooting for the season so they had to get everything in.  It took me a moment to realize former *N Syncer Lance Bass was on stage as the MC for the pageant.  Once they yelled "That's a wrap on Season 2!" there were many tearful bye bye byes.  ;-)   

Still Need to Locate:

Herman's Booze N Stuff
The Armstrong House
The Barnard Mansion
Masonville High School
Big Daddy's Seafood Bar & Grill
The Church
The Halfway Inn
Hot n Greasy Diner
The Cemetery
Mall of Minneapolis

Locations Visited: November 2019