By George Riddell Editor
Photos by Scott Patrick Green
Principal photography for new TNT series The Librarians began in Oregon on April 10, and is expected to continue through July. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the series from executive producer Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment, which previously produced MGM’s Flyboys and Emmy-winning mini-series The Triangle for Syfy Channel.
The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world. The series is based on The Librarian films starring Noah Wyle, which previously aired on TNT. The series stars Rebecca Romijn and Wyle, who will reprise his film character in a recurring role. Other cast members include Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Kim. Emmy winners John Larroquette and Bob Newhart are cast to appear in recurring roles.
The series’ storyline, which features globe-trotting adventure in every episode, requires that the production team take full advantage of the wide range of available locations in Oregon. The Electric Entertainment team is already familiar with the many things Oregon offers to filmmakers. In fact, Electric shot seasons two through five of TNT series Leverage in Portland from 2009-2012.
Series producer Rachel Olschan said it’s no accident they came back.
“After Dean Devlin produced the show Leverage, he fell in love with the state and its talented crewmembers,” she said. “We worked with Vince Porter and his office, as well as the Oregon legislature, to make it possible for Librarians to come to Oregon.”
The Librarians is being shot over 73 production days on location in several counties around Portland, as well as on the Electric Entertainment soundstages in Clackamas. Electric created the facility by converting over 60,000 square feet of warehouse space into state-of-the-art soundstages. Stage shooting includes work on the studio’s blue screen stage—the largest in the Northwest.
Olschan said the shoots so far have been successful.
“Production is going fantastic,” she said. “While the show is more complex than Leverage, our cast and crew are doing a great job. We couldn’t be happier.”
According to Olschan, about 97 percent of the cast is comprised of Oregon talent.
“One of the best things about shooting here is the talent pool—both the crew and the local actors,” she said.
The Librarians is set to wrap production in July and premiere later this year on TNT.