Filming in Vancouver: Riverdale, Get Shorty, Chesapeake Shores, and Gabby Duran

Riverdale will wrap production on Season 3 this week.

This week’s rundown of what’s coming and going from Vancouver’s screen scene is all about TV series.

There’s a family drama starting over on Vancouver Island just before a youth comedy about babysitting aliens calls it a wrap.

Also finishing up are Archie and the gang—but don’t worry because they’ll be back.

And there’s a TV series that’s going to be relocating here from the U.S. for its third season.

So if any of this has piqued your interest, here’s a look at what’s happening in local screen industries.

Chesapeake Shores

Over on Vancouver Island, Chesapeake Shores returns to shoot Season 4, with production based in Parksville, B.C.

The multigenerational family drama series is based on the eponymous novels by Sherryl Woods.

It follows career woman and mother Abby O’Brien (played by Meghan Ory), as she readjusts to life in her hometown of Chesapeake Shores where she balances a relationship with her high-school sweetheart (Jesse Metcalfe) with work, raising children, and relationships with her relatives.

The cast includes Treat Williams, Diane Ladd, Barbara Niven, Emilie Ullerup, Laci Mailey, Brendan Penny, and Andrew Francis.

Chesapeake Shores

This latest season will shoot from Monday (April 1) to May 27 and—if you noticed—it’s quite a truncated time period.

That’s because Season 4, which will premiere this summer, will only consist of six episodes, down from the usual 10.

However all is not lost for Hallmark Channel has announced a spin-off movie in which Ory, Ullerup, and Mailey will reprise their roles as the O’Brien sisters who travel to Rome for a childhood friend’s wedding. Once there, they embark upon a search for the bride, who has gone missing.

Kylie Cantrall

Meanwhile, Gabby Duran and the Unsittables will finish shooting Season 1 on Tuesday (April 2), after starting back on October 22, 2018.

This live-action comedy based on the novels by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners stars Kylie Cantrall as Gabby Duran, who gets the job—and challenge—of a lifetime: she’s hired to babysit a group of extraterrestrial children who are disguised as human beings. And she has to keep their identities a secret.

Now that’s a handful to deal with.

Nathan Lovejoy

The cast includes Maxwell Acee Donovan, Coco Christo, Nathan Lovejoy, Valery Ortiz, and Callan Farris.


In other TV series news, hit teen drama Riverdale will call it a wrap on Season 3 on Thursday (April 4), having been shooting since July 9, 2018.

The third season of this popular, dark adaptation of Archie Comics premiered on October 10 and the season finale is not far off—it’s slated for May 15.

KJ Apa

The ensemble cast—who play the well-known likes of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and more—includes KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camilla Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, and Charles Melton.

But don’t worry about them finishing up because they’ll be back—the series has been renewed for Season 4.

Ashleigh Murray (The CW)

However, one character who may not back is Josie McCoy, played by Ashleigh Murray. But that’s because Josie is a part of a potential new spin-off series Katy Keene—the TV pilot for which is being shot in New York City.

It remains to be seen if that pilot gets greenlit to become a full series.

Get Shorty

Further down the road, a new production moving here will join the local scene when the comedy-drama Get Shorty begins filming Season 3 here from May 6 to July 31.

The series is relocating to Vancouver from the U.S. after shooting its first two seasons in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California.

It’s based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard, which was adapted into a 1995 feature film starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito.

Get Shorty

The TV series version stars Chris O’Dowd as Miles Daly, an enforcer for a crime ring in Nevada who aspires to leave behind his life of crime and pursue a career in the film industry.

Isaac Keys

The cast includes Ray Romano, Sean Bridgers, Isaac Keys, Carolyn Dodd, Lidia Porto, Goya Robles, Megan Stevenson, Lucy Walters, and Sarah Stiles.

Season 3 is expected to premiere in August so we’ll have to wait and see how the change of shooting locations will influence the show.

Get Shorty

Since that one is a bit of a wait, we’ll have plenty of comings and goings from the local screen scene to discuss. So be sure to check back in with us again in the weeks to come.

Until then, keep your eyes peeled for Vancouver coming soon to a screen near you.

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