Pilots, reality shows help boost week 23% over last year

Los Angeles location shooting has remained robust for the first six weeks of the year, with LAPD procedural “Southland” providing a hefty boost.

“Southland,” now in its fifth season on NBC, logged 40 days of permitted shoots last week, according to figures released Tuseday by permitting agency FilmL.A. It was the third week in a row that the series — produced by Warner Bros. — had led TV location shooting following weeks of 30 days and 33 days. “Southland” often logs the highest number of days in the drama series category each week.

Permits have been pulled for shoots Wednesday in downtown South Olive Street, West 7th Street, West 8th Street, Grand Avenue and Bixel Street. Tuesday shoots took place in Hollywood on South Spaulding Avenue, North La Brea Avenue and 8th Street. Shoots last week took place on Edison Street, Harriman Avenue, City Terrace Drive, Milford Street and South Avenue 61.

Overall locating shooting last week totalled a relatively robust 819 days with a 23% hike from the year-ago period in the mainstay TV side thanks to pilots and reality shooting. Pilots could remain a major force in location shoots in coming weeks with the Big Four networks unveiling a slew of pilot orders last month — including an impressive total of 22 on a single day, Jan. 23.

Features rebounded from a sluggish pace a year ago, totalling 126 days last week and led by 16 days for the short “Sweater Weather” and 15 for “The Paper Boat.”

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