Thursday, April 18, 2024

No. 8 Most Read Story of the Year: A STARZ series returns to Wilmington to film season 3

“Hightown” season two aired from October through December. Season three was filmed in Wilmington over the spring and summer; its air date has yet to be announced. (Courtesy Lionsgate)

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington film industry continued attracting productions across the board in 2022, from feature films to series.

One that returned to the area to utilize the Port City as the backdrop of Cape Cod was “Hightown,” which airs on the cable platform STARZ. The show filmed season one in Massachusetts and New York and then moved the production down South for season two in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021.

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Last May it picked up where it left off for season three of the crime drama, which follows the story of a National Marine Fisheries agent that gets caught up in a murder investigation while also dealing with her own drug and alcohol addictions.

The Lionsgate and Jerry Bruckheimer Television-produced show stars Monica Raymund (“Chicago Fire,” “The Good Wife”), James Badge Dale (“The Departed,” “Iron Man 3”), Riley Voelkel (“The Newsroom”), Amaury Nolasco (“Transformers”), Atkins Estimond (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Luis Guzmán (“Traffic,” “Boogie Nights,”) and Dohn Norwood (“The Sinner).

Crystal B. Williams, executive director for STARZ and Lionsgate communications, told PCD in the spring, producers were attracted to Wilmington for a multitude of reasons, including ease of filming in a smaller market, access to high-quality crew, as well as attractive locations.

The second season screened from October through December, but season three’s official air date has yet to be announced.

Here is a look back at the story:


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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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