Chicago Awash in TV Pilots

By Zach Christman
|  Monday, Apr 12, 2010  |  Updated 8:47 AM CDT
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Vince Vaughn is one of many stars shooting TV pilots in Chicago this year.

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If you've seen film crews buzzing about your neighborhood and wondered what they're up to -- they're probably filming a TV pilot.

Six TV pilots are shooting in Chicago this year, the Sun-Times' Stefan Esposito reported.

Stars like Vince Vaughn; William H. Macy; John Larroquette, of "Night Court" fame; Dylan Walsh, from "Nip/Tuck;" and Michael Rapaport are some of those involved in the shows.

Here's the list of pilots shooting in Chicago that Esposito culled:

  • "Pleading Guilty," starring Larroquette, is a legal thriller about the goings-on inside a high-powered law firm.
  • "Ride-Along," starring Jason Clarke, of "The Brotherhood," and Jennifer Beals, is about a wisecracking Chicago cop.
  • "Matadors," starring Michelle Borth of "The Forgotten" and Zach Gilford of "Friday Night Lights," is a melodrama in the vein of "Romeo and Juliet."
  • "The Line," starring Rapaport and Walsh as ATF agents.
  • "Shameless," starring Macy as the alcoholic father of a large, unconventional family.
  • "Firsts," directed by Vaughn, about a couple of guys just out of college and adjusting to the real world.  Vaughn was recently spotted shooting at the Choo Choo restaurant in Des Plaines.

If a single one of the shows gets picked up, it could mean $50 million a year for Chicago's economy.

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