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Old 09-30-2009, 12:42 AM
 
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Is it because Hollywood is in LA and NYC also has some movie industry so shooting scenes in those cities is cheaper, or is it because this is what Americans want to be seen by other parts of the world? NYC and LA are certainly not very representative of America in general because America is so much larger and most areas are covered by small towns and mid-sized cities.

Not only that. Famous TV shows such as Friends, Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, etc, are also like that. Besides, people in the latter two are so wealthy that they seem out of the world. Why does Hollywood like to depict rich people so much? Is it some value Hollywood wants to spread to the general public or is it the lifestyle the general public desire?
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:12 AM
 
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Is it because Hollywood is in LA and NYC also has some movie industry so shooting scenes in those cities is cheaper




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Old 09-30-2009, 03:22 AM
 
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I think it's that, plus those two cities are more relatable to the writers and also it's where many of the actors trained. A good deal of films are shot in Canada, but still set in LA or NYC or sometimes Chicago. "Greater Boston" also gets some coverage as many writers went to Harvard.

Wikipedia, for what it's worth, seems to list the following states as virtually ignored by TV and film. This might just be a product of certain shows not being sorted.

Delaware - 1 movie and no TV series
North Dakota - 7 movies and no TV series
West Virginia - 7 movies and no TV series
Idaho - 9 movies and no TV series
South Carolina 9 movies and 1 TV series (American Gothic, which lasted a season)

Considering its population size Tennessee seems to be fairly ignored with just 18 movies and two short-lived TV series. (They list three, but one is a miniseries) Indiana, Missouri, and Virginia are also relatively uncovered by the mediascape. Although the new TNT series Hawthorne is set in Virginia. TNT seems to like working on "undercovered America" as they have a series set in Oklahoma and another set in LA, but about a detective from Georgia. If anyone could make a TV series set in North Dakota, Idaho, or South Carolina I'd guess them. Although maybe ABC or AMC.
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Old 09-30-2009, 05:50 AM
 
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LA & NYC are both movie industry centers. Actually the part of the movie industry moved out to LA/Hollywood from NYC originally. So it makes sense that it is convenient to shoot films in LA & NYC.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:19 PM
 
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I disagree. The entertainment industry is quite skilled at making anyplace look like any other place. So they don't just set the fictional locale of these movies and shows in So Cal just because that's where they shoot it. Give the stagecrafters some credit!

FYI, heard a radio interview with Ed Asner yesterday here in the Twin Cities. He was asked the obligatory local question about the Mary Tyler Moore show being set in Minneapolis. He said all the shooting was done in Cal, he only came here once during the show's 7 year run. "Mary's house" is a real house here in Mpls, but that was just the outside shots. Her "apartment" inside the house was a stage set in CA, just like Frasier's "Seattle condo" was, etc.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:20 PM
 
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They are the two largest cities in the US so it makes sense.
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