Scene Planned for NC-Based TV Show Upsets Locals

Plans by a North Carolina-based TV drama to shoot a scene showing someone jumping off a bridge during the morning rush hour has local officials hopping mad.

The Star-News of Wilmington reports that Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Bob Simpson says "One Tree Hill" wants to close the Causeway Drive bridge over Banks Channel from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Aug. 31.

Simpson said he was told that the N.C. Department of Transportation had already approved the request. He said closing the bridge would severely affect rush-hour traffic, including school buses. Access to and from the island would also be limited.

Greg Prange, executive producer at "One Tree Hill," said he understands that the Causeway Drive bridge is very busy and shutting it down completely might not be realistic.


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  • by Hurricane season? on Aug 17, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    So, anyone else think this is a stupid idea during hurricane season? Hope Bill doesn't show up Aug 31st!
  • by hope Location: NC on Aug 17, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    Why don't they film it on the weekend when many are sleeping in...just a suggestion.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Aug 17, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    Why in the world would they want to close a bridge during rush hour? Particularly one to an island that only has 2 ways on/off...one at each end. Traffic is already heavily congested there anyway. I doubt that schools nor bosses would appreciate their students or employees being late because of some TV show.
  • by brian Location: wrightsville beach on Aug 17, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    To Bon: Why don't you keep your incorrect comments to yourself? There is no detour on or off of wrightsville beach. It's an island with one bridge, and that's the one they want to close. Ever been there? They don't need the money either. They should do it at some other time besides rush hour.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2009 at 04:55 AM
    Someone is getting paid something to agree to something this disruptive to people's everyday lives. And willing to bet it is not going into the general fund for that area.
  • by Bon Location: Greenville via Australia on Aug 17, 2009 at 04:55 AM
    Who cares, ppl in New York and LA let shows happen all the time right in their back yard, here in Melbourne Australia, where I am living for the time being, the streets get closed every now and then for movies and shows, no one complains. Get over it and find a detour. Its money going into the local economy, and we all know its needed. So welcome it and let Wilmington become more prosperous. Cheers!
  • by RM Location: Hyde on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    I agree with just about anything that will bring in business. Sure wish they would come to Hyde County. We have some bridges, but no rush hour.
  • by ThinBlueLine Location: Eastern NC on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    Mr. T, sounds great man but I dont know about paying them...just add another line to the sign that says "Smile, your a movie star, keep moving and ignore the dummy jumping off the bridge". Take care and all of you have a great week...
  • by Trey on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:11 PM
    That is very stupid to close down a bridge for a tv show, especially a bottom of the barrel one. Sounds like some people need to get their priorities straight.
  • by Margaret Location: Kinston on Aug 16, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    There should be a compromise. School is very important, but the revenue from the movie industry in Wilmington helps our economy! If we can't accomodate, someone else will!
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