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Wilmington, NC TV show updates: Michael Cera, John Hawkes pilot to film in April

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Hollywood East will certainly live up to its nickname this spring.

FX is filming the pilot episode for "How & Why" in the Wilmington, North Carolina area, and the Star News's Wilm on Film blog shared more details on February 11.

Local production is expected to begin on April 28 and last for eight or nine days. If the show is picked up for a full series, FX CEO John Landgraf said they could continue to film in Wilmington.

"How & Why" is a half-hour comedy starring John Hawkes ("Eastbound & Down," "Lost," Winter's Bone") and Michael Cera ("Arrested Development," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") and it comes to us from the brilliant mind of Charlie Kaufman ("Being John Malkovich," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind").

John Hawkes plays the host of a TV show called "How & Why" who gets replaced by a younger host, played by Michael Cera. Those two actors are the only ones listed at this point, but keep an eye on the show's IMDb page for any updates.

This is a big time for TV pilots in Wilmington. According to WECT, the CBS pilot "Red Zone" will also film in the area in March. Production offices were set to open this week, a February 11 report revealed. "Red Zone"is about a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. and it arrives via "Revenge" producer Nikki Toscano. "Revenge" also taped its pilot in the Wilmington area.

Another new show, "Secrets & Lies," will also film in Wilmington starting in early March; that one stars Ryan Phillippe in the lead role, but Natalie Martinez will also play a major role. She currently stars in "Under the Dome," so her role in "Secrets & Lies" has fans nervous for the future of her character, sheriff Linda, on UTD.

Whether Martinez lasts on the show or not, "Under the Dome" is also returning to Wilmington and Southport, N.C., with production already started and filming expected in late February/early March.

And don't forget that "Sleepy Hollow" is also expected to return to Wilmington to start production this March. Phew!

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