Filming in Vancouver: iZombie, UnReal, The 100, and…Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

If you happen to spot Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Vancouver, there’s something you should know—find out below.

Things are starting to pick up on the streets of Hollywood North as more productions appear on the horizon.

This week, we take a look at a new TV series based on a grim folk tale, three TV series wrap up production as they gear up to hit the airwaves with their latest seasons, and…Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are coming to Vancouver?

Well, before you get too excited, there’s something you should probably know. The actual royal couple isn’t coming, but some reasonable facsimiles will be.

Prince Harry

The Lifetime production When Harry Met Meghan, also known as Harry and Meghan: The Royal Love Story, starts shooting in town on February 13 and continues until March 9.

(Not to be confused with some similarly titled programs: there’s a TLC documentary from 2017 was entitled When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Engagement as well as When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance from U.K.’s Channel 4.)

Meghan Markle

This made-for-TV movie, directed by Menhaj Huda, will cover how Prince Harry met American actor Meghan Markle in July 2016, the development of their relationship, their engagement, and the lead up to their wedding on May 19.

Casting is currently underway and a premiere date hasn’t been announced yet.

The TV series Sacred Lies will be based on the novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes.

On a different note, a new TV series that will be shooting in town will adapt a dark folk tale to the present day.

The new 10-episode series Sacred Lies will start shooting Season 1 on March 15 and continues until May 25.

It’s based on the Brothers Grimm’s classic German tale “The Handless Maiden” as well as Stephanie Oakes’ young adult novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly.

In this version, a seventeen-year-old girl without hands manages to escape from a cult. However, she winds up in juvenile detention, as she is suspected of knowing who killed the cult’s leader.

Casting is underway on this project.

Rose McIver stars as Liv Moore on iZombie.

Meanwhile, three TV series are coming to the end of production on their latest seasons this week.

The zom-rom-com drama iZombie completes shooting Season 4 on Thursday (January 25), having started back on August 8.

The series follows Seattle med student Liv Moore (Rose McIver) who becomes a zombie. When discovers that when she eats brains, she briefly develops the person’s personality and memories, she begins to assist the police is solving crime. She’s helped by King County chief medical examiner Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli), who is working on a zombie vaccine.

Rahul Kohli

In the Season 3 finale Dr. Chakrabarti used the vaccine on himself and asked Liv to scratch him to test it out. Will he turn into a zombie? Or has he found the cure for zombies?

Viewers will find out the answer to this cliffhanger—or zombiehanger?—when the show’s new season premieres on February 26.


Also calling it a wrap on Thursday is UnReal, which started filming Season 4 back on October 17.

The show follows the adventures of a young reality TV show producer (Shiri Appleby) working under a cut-throat, shameless boss (Constance Zimmer).

Shiri Appleby

Meanwhile, Season 3 of UnReal is about to premiere on February 26 and it will follow up on the Season 2 finale (which was broadcast back in 2016), in which camera operator Jeremy (Josh Kelly) caused a car accident in a desperate bid to prevent secrets from reality dating show Everlasting from being revealed.

Caitlin FitzGerald

The forthcoming season will see things take on a feminist point-of-view as the dating show gets its first female suitor, tech mogul Serena (Caitlin FitzGerald), and a new psychologist (Brandon Jay McLaren) arrives to work on set.

The 100

The third TV series to wrap this week is The 100, which finishes up production on Saturday (January 27), This post-apocalyptic drama series started shooting its fifth season on August 14.

The story follows what happens when 100 juvenile prisoners are sent back from a space station to Earth to determine if it is inhabitable after a nuclear holocaust.

Bob Morley

The cast includes Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Bob Morley, Henry Ian Cusick, Christopher Larken, Marie Averopoulos, and Lindsey Morgan.

Among the new characters this season will be serial killer Vinson (Mike Dopud), military strategist Charmaine (Ivana Milicevic), space explorer Zeke (Jordan Bolger), villain Robert McCreary (William Miller), Clarke’s daughter Madi (Lola Flanery), and Shannon Kook (Degrassi: The Next Generation), who will guest star in the season finale.

There’s a bit of a wait before this series hits the airwaves: the Season 5 premiere is on April 24.

Shannon Kook

That’s it for this week’s roundup but check back in with us again, for as the weather begins to warm up, so will what’s going on in the Vancouver’s screen scene.

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