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HGTV to film ‘Good Bones’ spin-off show in area

“Good Bones,” starring mother-and-daughter duo Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen Laine, has a spinoff filming in Wilmington next week. (Courtesy HGTV)

WILMINGTON — City of Wilmington released film permits for a spin-off to a popular series that airs on HGTV.

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Hailed as one of the top real estate and home renovation shows, “Good Bones” has screened on the Home and Garden Television Network since 2016. It started from mother-and-daughter duo Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen Laine, who once flipped houses, and in the show perform makeovers on rundown properties in their hometown of Indianapolis.

In fall 2022, Hawk launched a solo spin-off, “Good Bones: Risky Business.” She revitalized one of the oldest homes in Indianapolis in the Fountain Square neighborhood, making a $1 million investment into the almost 7,000-square-foot property. It was a larger chunk of change than the average $300,000 put into a property a fourth of the size on “Good Bones,” according to Indiana Business.

Produced by Colorado company High Noon Entertainment, it’s unclear what the locally filmed spin-off show will be. Production coordinator Stephanie Jacques couldn’t answer Port City Daily’s questions due to a network contract, she wrote in an email on Thursday.

The film permit notes shooting is scheduled both indoors and outdoors next week at a home on Russell Alley, between S. Eighth and S. Ninth streets. Built in 1900, according to New Hanover County property records, Karen Rominger purchased the 585-square-foot cottage for $70,000 in 2008.

“Homeowner has plans to renovate the property,” the permit indicates. “Film crew is there to document the process. Production understand that they may not restrict road access at any time.”

Drone footage will be utilized, with a crew of six working the set and two cast members featured, according to the permit.

It’s the only production with cameras rolling in Wilmington currently, as the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Writers Guild of America are on strike, effectively slowing down the creation of series and movies nationwide.

In May, “The J+L Project,” an Ava DuVernay-directed series starring Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff, shut down production due to the writers’ strike.

“Outer Banks was the only other show slated to shoot scenes in Wilmington the week of July 24. It had enough of its season four script written to film through the fall, director Jonas Pate told PCD in June. However, when SAG went on strike July 14, “OBX” shut down production in Charleston, S.C., its home base.

As of Monday, July 17, its film permits in Wrightsville Beach were still active, with ones in Fort Fisher put on hold, according to Fort Fisher State Park Superintendent Jeffrey T. Owen.

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Reality shows, which are unscripted, aren’t normally covered by the unions and thus aren’t affected by the strike. “Good Bones” season eight wrapped filming last month and is scheduled to air in August.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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