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NBC Pilot Series Filmed in Rye Tuesday

Several favorite neighborhood restaurants were included in the filming.

 Ruby's Oyster Bar & Bistro chef Greg McDowell woke up an hour early Tuesday to cook only 20 meals for the entire day, he said. Not because Ruby’s had a slow breakfast and lunch crowd, but because they were being used as one several Rye  settings for an NBC drama pilot that was filmed in Rye yesterday.

“The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives,” a new “soapy thriller” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. Television used Purchase street as its background from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

“It’s pretty cool,” McDowell said, accustomed to film crews shooting in Ruby’s and around town. This was the third film crew that has rented Ruby’s this year alone, he said.

A crew of about 200 people ran the production at Ruby’s for about four hours to get a 90 second scene, McDowell said. Most of the time the actors were just walking by in front of the restaurant, he said.

“A regular customer came in and just sat at the table with the actors for a while,” McDowell said laughing. “I think they eventually noticed.”

But Ruby’s was closed for normal breakfast and lunch business and diverted customers to Morgan’s steakhouse, which has also been used for film sets in the past, he said.

The crews were filming at Aurora restaurant around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Some crew members said they had also filmed in front of Plush Blow Dry Bar earlier in the day. The staging area was set up at Harrison's Willow Ridge Country Club.

The plot of "The Secret Lives of Husband and Wives," revolves around a murder in suburban California that complicates the lives of three couples and their families.

The series stars Perrey Reeves (Entourage), Nicole Ari Parker, Martin Henderson, James Tupper, Laura Allen. Read the full list of cast members here on IMDB. 

Bob Zahm November 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Rye City fees for filming permits on public property were last updated in 2001. The current fee ranges from $1,600 to $25,000. There is no guidance in the City's posted fee schedule for how a charge is selected. Hopefully the closure of Rye's primary retail artery for the entire day would be at the high end of the scale. Looking at the cost of the police officers monitoring the scene [intended pun] the entire day drives down into any potential net gain for the City while also preventing attention being paid to public safety issues. It's nice to see Rye getting attention, but has anyone looked at the real cost / benefit ratio of such filming?

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