×

‘Mad Men’ Was Filming at LAX During Deadly Shooting, Says Crew Member

AMC production, other bizzers caught up in chaos that killed one TSA staffer and wounded 3 others

Mad Men” was in the process of filming an episode at Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning when a deadly shooting incident occurred at the travel hub, according to tweets from a production staffer.

Plenty of other bizzers were caught up in the shooting drama and the traffic snarl that ensued around 9:30 a.m. PT as the airport was evacuated while law enforcement hunted for the shooter.

Dustin Woods, a key grip on the AMC’s “Mad Men,” tweeted that the series was filming in American Airlines’ Terminal 4 at LAX, one terminal away from where shots were fired at approximately 9:20 a.m. PT.

https://twitter.com/socalgrip/status/396325710228238336
https://twitter.com/socalgrip/status/396355358601396224

Woods tweeted to TV Guide’s Michael Schneider that the show on which he was in production was “Mad Men,” noting that it was the program’s first day back lensing.

AMC declined to comment.

CBS senior exec VP Kelly Kahl was on his way to the airport for a flight when the lockdown occurred. He was unable to get into LAX and wound up re-routing his travel plans through Long Beach Airport. Amid the chaos, Kahl telephoned KCBS-TV Los Angeles to provide an on-the-scene report.

Actor James Franco was stuck sitting on the ground in a plane when the shooting took place, which he chronicled via Instagram.

Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci, of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” series, were in Terminal 3 where the shooting occurred. Both were on their way to Delaware for the filming of Discovery’s popular holiday special “Punkin Chunkin.”

PHOTOS: Harrison Ford’s 10 Best Movies of All-Time

“Grant and Tory are safe and being rerouted. Our thoughts are with all those affected by today’s tragedy and our gratitude goes out to the members of the LAPD, Airport Police, TSA, and Virgin America staff for restoring safety to the scene,” Discovery and Science Channel said in a statement.

Late Friday, the FBI identified the shooter as Paul Ciancia, 23, of Los Angeles.

The deadly incident continued to reverberate for thousands of travelers Friday as more than 100 flights were delayed or canceled because of the disruption.

More TV

  • Thanks a Million Quibi

    TV News Roundup: Quibi Releases 'Thanks A Million' Trailer

    In today’s TV news roundup, Quibi released a trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s “Thanks A Million,” and Variety got an exclusive first look at the trailer for “JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales.” DATES CBS All Access has announced “Tooning Out The News” has resumed production and will now premiere April 7. The show was postponed due to [...]

  • CBS logo

    CBS Studios Says It Is Not Retroactively Cutting Assistant Pay (EXCLUSIVE)

    In the wake of an email sent to CBS Studios term-deal assistants informing them that their wages for the week of March 28 would be capped at 52 hours, CBS tells Variety that the memo was sent out in error, and that there is no plan to retroactively reduce pay for those support staffers. “It [...]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'General Hospital' Shifts to Four Days a Week Amid Coronavirus Shuffle

    Iconic daytime medical drama “General Hospital” is being forced to switch up its schedule, joining a growing list of shows which have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. ABC has announced that the show will now air four episodes per week, Monday through Thursday, instead of its usual five. Starting this Friday April 3, the [...]

  • Black AF Netflix

    Everything Coming to Netflix in April

    As everyone continues to self-quarantine and practice social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s no better “at-home” activity than catching up on all the new films and shows streaming on Netflix this April. A number of new series are set to premiere on the streaming platform, including “Never Have I Ever,” “#BlackAf,” “OuterBanks,” “The [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content