Posted on Wed, May. 15, 2002
Philly is out, but city to get TV's Hack
New show to be filmed here, star Phila. actor
by ELLEN GRAY
Television giveth, and television taketh away.
On the day that ABC officially announced the cancellation of Philly, its legal drama starring Roxborough's Kim Delaney, both Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter reported yesterday that CBS had picked up Hack, a show starring Philadelphia-based actor David Morse that will be shot here in the City of Brotherly Love.
Though the official announcement won't be made until today, when CBS executives meet with advertisers in New York's Carnegie Hall, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office's Web site was already treating it as a done deal last night.
Having a TV drama filmed in and around the city, rather than in Los Angeles or New York, would be a huge coup for the film office, which came closest in the mid-1990s when the pilot for a show about firefighters called Philly Heat was shot here but never became a series. In the years that NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street filmed in Baltimore, the show pumped an estimated half-million dollars a week into the local economy.
One of Morse's co-stars would be former Homicide star Andre Braugher.
Screenwriter David Koepp (Spider-Man, Panic Room) wrote the pilot, filmed here last month. It reportedly introduces Morse as a disgraced cop who tries to continue fighting crime while driving a cab and working to win back the trust of his wife and son.
On Monday, NBC also put a Philly-linked drama, American Dreams, on its fall schedule. Set in the 1960s, it focuses on the family of a girl who becomes a dancer on American Bandstand.