By Mary O’KEEFE
Cars raced into La Crescenta Motel and gunfire was heard as people ran through the snow. Wait….snow? Oh, another filming at La Crescenta Motel.
Local residents are used to seeing trucks in front of the popular filming location at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Briggs Avenue. On Monday the boulevard was lined with trucks from Briggs to Rosemont avenues and there was a lot of activity, all for the television series “the forgotten.”
The series from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer stars Christian Slater as Alex Donovan, a former detective who now leads a group of dedicated amateurs called The Forgotten Network. The series follows the premise that “in the United States the remains of 40,000 people haven’t been identified,” according to the series website.
Amateur detectives led by Slater’s character gather information, discuss leads and use their investigative talents to find victims. In the episode filmed at the motel the team was following a lead that someone had discovered two unidentified victims under the snow, hence the movie magic climate change.
Although the production was extensive there were no calls to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station concerning the gunfire or traffic problems. There was slight confusion about the bus stop being redirected, said sheriff officials. The production did have California Highway Patrol officers on hand to answer any questions.
Those who had contacted the Crescenta Valley Weekly inquiring about the shoot were relieved to hear that the activity planned would be completed by 10 p.m. In addition, with all the local residents who work in the film industry, it is always good to see local productions.
The episode’s working title is “Double Doe” and is expected to be aired in early January. “the forgotten” airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.