The backdrop in this year’s lineup of shows featuring Emmy-nominated actresses plays a significant role, akin to diorama boxes or proscenium stages. These settings serve not only as backdrops but also as crucial elements that shape and limit the characters’ experiences, from the dystopian Republic of Gilead depicted by Toronto to the captivating Sicilian resort featured in Season 2 of HBO’s “The White Lotus.”
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In Apple TV+’s “Bad Sisters,” where Sharon Horgan takes the lead, the stage is set in a contemporary seaside suburban milieu in Dublin. The locations, ranging from the quaint village of Malahide to the dramatic Forty Foot cliffside ocean swimming spot, provide an intimate yet expansive canvas that adds to the series’ complexity.
Dearbhla Walsh, the director and executive producer of “Bad Sisters,” reflects on her upbringing watching American portrayals of her life and mentions, “There are the romantic ones and the melodramatic ones, and then the grim ones were kind of from the BBC.”
On the other hand, Netflix’s “The Diplomat,” which earned Keri Russell an Emmy nomination, leans toward the romantic side, particularly when it takes the audience to Paris in its season finale, “The James Bond Clause.” Producers, however, deliberately avoided the city’s overly familiar architectural landmarks.
Paris-based location scout Alphonse Huynh explains their approach, saying, “The idea when they were scouting was to avoid the ‘Emily in Paris’ signature,” and instead, they aimed for a more authentic portrayal.
Securing the Palais-Royal was particularly challenging due to its historical significance and current governmental use. They managed to secure a permit but were limited to a strict four-hour time window.
For scenes at the Louvre Museum, the crew had two nights to capture various iconic spots, which required meticulous planning.
In Peacock’s “Poker Face,” nominated actress Natasha Lyonne embarks on a cross-country journey in a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda. To tackle this logistical challenge, most of the production was filmed in and around the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, offering a diverse range of settings.
From working-class spots like Castle Fun Center to a yacht-filled marina in Marlboro, N.Y., the crew ventured to various locales. For the Laughlin casino, they constructed it on a soundstage, but for the Atlantic City casino in the season finale, they filmed at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut, navigating casino management and tribal gaming council approvals.
The IBM Somers Office Complex served as a key location, although it required extensive preparation due to its size and years of disuse.
These days, host regions provide not only picturesque locations but also attractive financial incentives, contributing to the local economy and tourism industry.
The impact of these locations goes beyond the screen, as evidenced by tourists drawn to spots featured in series like “Bad Sisters.” The significance of these locales transcends their role as mere settings; they become destinations for fans to pay homage to the shows they love.