Filming in Vancouver: Riverdale, Arrow, The Order, and Firefly Lane

Stephen Amell stars in Arrow, which embarks upon shooting its final season.

Departures appear to be a recurring theme this week.

For as the saying (and Nelly Furtado song) goes, all good things must come to an end.

While a popular adaptation of a teenage comic book is getting back to work, the latest season will be be faced with the prospect of bidding some sad farewells.

Meanwhile, a superhero series, that launched an entire network of interconnected TV series, is preparing to take its final bow.

Amid all this emotional news, there are some bright spots: a new series, about two female best friends, will start shooting its first season and a horror drama is back for a second season.

So with all that said, here’s a look at just some of what’s happening in Vancouver’s screen scene this week and in the weeks to come.


Hit teen drama series Riverdale got back on set and began production on Season 4 today (July 8) to April 4, 2020.

While the show was designed to be a subversive take on the Archie Comics, this season will involve some departures that are influenced by real-life developments.

Ashleigh Murray

One change is that the character of Josie, played by Ashleigh Murray, won’t be a part of Riverdale’s fourth season because she’s joined the cast of the new Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, which is being filmed in New York City.

Meanwhile, the show will pay tribute to the late Luke Perry—who played Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews—and will address the reason for his absence, which will of course be an emotional development.

The cast includes KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Mädchen Amick, Casey Cott, Charles Melton, and more.

KJ Apa

Season 4 is set to premiere on October 11—and it looks like it will have its fair share of tear-jerking moments.


And so it will undoubtedly be with Arrow, too, as it embarks upon its final season.

Season 8 for the centre of the Arrowverse superhero TV series will shoot from Thursday (July 11) to November 14.

The show had announced in March of this year that this season, which will be shorter than usual with 10 episodes, would be its last.

Stephen Amell

So for one last production run, Stephen Amell will reprise with his role as Oliver Queen, who created the costumed crime-fighting identity of Green Arrow to combat baddies in Star City.

Juliana Harkavy

The cast also includes David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy, Juliana Harkavy, Echo Kellum, Kirk Acevedo, Rick Gonzalez, Colton Haynes, and Sea Shimooka.

Colton Haynes

But who else might pop up in this farewell season?

Well, true believers, we’ll just have to wait and see. But the show will be a part of Crisis on Infinite Earths multiverse crossover event.

The season premiere will be October 15.

The remaining Arrowverse series shot in Vancouver include The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow—with the addition of the new Batwoman joining the club.

The Order

While those shows get underway this week, here are two TV series that will start filming in Vancouver in the near future.

TV series The Order premiered its first season (which it shot in Vancouver in 2018) on Netflix on March 7.

After a positive reception, it was renewed for a second season, which it will film from August 6 to November 7.

Jake Manley

In this horror drama, college student Jack Morton, played by Jake Manley (iZombie), joins a secret society that teaches and practices magic, called the Heremetic Order of the Blue Rose.

The cast includes Sarah Grey, Sam Trammell, Matt Frewer, and Max Martini.

Sarah Grey

Among the new series that coming this way this fall is Firefly Lane, a home-screen adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by author Kristin Hannah.

Season 1 will consist of 10 episodes shot from September 17 to January 21, 2020.

The series will follow Kate and Tully, two girls whose close friendship lasts over 30 years as they face all the joys and sorrows of life. But a betrayal brings their bond to the test and leaves the future of their relationship in doubt.

The cast for this new show hasn’t been announced yet so we’ll have to wait to see who this project brings to town.

But while we wait, there’ll be lots more news to share so be sure to visit us again for more on what’s filming on the streets of Vancouver.

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