Ok, I’ve been trying to post this for the last few weeks but kept getting distracted. As many of you know EclipseMagazine is part of NBC’s pretty cool Digital Network. It’s an exclusive club for all the cool kids on the web where we get special access to NBC programming, news, stars, etc. I’m still waiting for that Heroes and Chuck Set Visit, alas, our latest invite was to go spend a few hours with the cast of their new Medical drama, Mercy. I’ll say now that not much happened during this visit, nor during the 45 minute Q and A. James Tupper gave us a personal tour of the set and we got to watch a few minutes of filming – which is always cool. Due to Union rules we weren’t able to take photos of the cast on the set, but NBC did Videotape everything so those clips should have appeared on the web by now or will be in the next few days. The minute the Q and A was over they all ran out of there like there was a fire – apparently they were late for a call time. It was pretty irritating that we didn’t even get a chance to do a group cast shot. The amazingly hot James Van Der Beek held court for us and Taylor Schilling stuck around for a bit. Everyone thought I was crazy to drive up to NJ from DC, but I had nothing else better to do and I always like hanging out with my fellow bloggers. Oddly enough we don’t feel like we’re in competition with each other so it’s always a pretty good time. Mercy airs on NBC, Wednesday nights.
NBC’s Mercy is actually filmed in a pretty large non-descript warehouse, across the street from a New Jersey high school. Right next door is the Harmon Cove Outlet Center. As I walked through it, I could actually visualize Michelle Trachtenberg getting her latest Channel bag here.
The food services on major Network shows is pretty darn nice. At first, I was like “Oh, god it’s a PC set with all Vegetarians,” but then as we moved down the line I breathed sigh of relief as I saw the numerous choices – everything from chicken to tuna to salmon, fresh cut pork chops with applesauce and even a Beef Carving station, they had it going on!
Here’s my plate, that had a bit of everything including Pork Chops, Chicken, Garlic Bread, Apple Sauce, Pizza Rolls, and for Dessert I went with the Chocolate Pudding.
I was surprised by how many bloggers actually showed up for this event. Everyone had to meet in NY and spend an hour on a bus to get to the set. Like i said, I drove from DC and met the bus folks at the door. We were all tweeting from the event so I became obsessed with identifying my fellow tweeters. One person corrected my Tweet and I was like “hey, I don’t want people correcting my tweets!”
Here are some more random shots of JVDB.