Do it, but do it well

Although it might look like ABC’s drama soap Revenge is set in the Hamptons and New York City, it’s actually filmed nowhere near the Big Apple – instead, all the city scenes are produced in downtown Los Angeles. Usually, this isn’t a big problem, since most of the show is filmed in a studio environment anyway and the outdoor scenes could be located more or less anywhere. If in doubt, just add some NYC cabs and drop the name of some hipster deli and you’re good to go.

Or so I thought. In episode 17 of the current fourth season of the show, there’s a scene with Margeaux and EmilyAmanda set in a busy NYC street. Margeaux is entering the scene through a door that looks like it could lead to a subway station – in this case, Fulton Street, which is located close to Wall Street. Makes perfect sense for Margeaux to be there, since it’s only logical her company’s office is located in that area. There’s a NYC cab waiting outside as well. Looks perfectly innocent, right?

Picture (c) ABC
Picture (c) ABC

Would I not already know that Revenge isn’t filmed in NYC, this could perhaps fooled me, but the picture above is just the end of a sweeping shot establishing the locale. This is the rest:

Image (c) ABC
Image (c) ABC

More NYC taxis, but also a storefront called Caravan Book Store. If you search for it on Google, you’ll quickly find out that it’s a real store and that it’s located on 550 S Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Google Streetview is just one click away:

Image (c) Google
Image (c) Google

This is where the scene was shot – the door Margeaux emerges from is really the door to the Water Grill restaurant. They went through some trouble to transform the restaurant’s sign and the sign next to the door to establish location just to blow it all by not covering up the damn bookstore? Seriously, guys, that’s basically the definition of “half-assed” …

Bonus continuity error! In the same scene, Margeaux stands with her back towards the street while talking to EmilyAmanda. First, a suburban passes by in the background …

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… followed by two smaller cars …

Image (c) ABC
Image (c) ABC

… and the same suburban again. Oops.

Image (c) ABC
Image (c) ABC

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