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Charmed Challenge!

Got a challenge from Jenna a few weeks back to find a whole bunch of Charmed  locations, one of which being the “San Francisco” city street featured in both the Season 7 episode “The Bare Witch Project” and the Season 8 episode “Still Charmed and Kicking”.  In “The Bare With Project” (pictured above), the street is featured twice.  In the opening scene of that episode, Phoebe and Piper are shown eating lunch at an outdoor corner cafe located on a public street.  In the scene Piper is breastfeeding and is asked to leave by the restaurant manager.  In the closing scene of that episode, Phoebe rides a horse naked – a la Lady Godiva – down the same street to protest against the restaurant for mistreating her sister.   

In the “Still Charmed and Kicking” episode (pictured above), that same street shows up yet again as the spot where Phoebe and Piper do some serious shoe shopping after faking their own deaths. 

Well, Jenna, I have good news and I have bad news.  If you’re like me, you prefer the bad news first, so here goes.  The bad news is that the street the sisters walked along is not a real street – it is actually part of the Paramount Studios backlot in Hollywood.  While doing some online Charmed  research  to try to figure out where this street was located, I found out that after the sixth season of the series, production moved from its small Canoga Park studio to Hollywood mega-lot Paramount Studios.  After carefully watching both episodes, something about the “street” didn’t seem realistic to me.  If you look closely at both episodes, everything seems just a bit smaller than it should be – much like Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives.  The streets are a bit too narrow, the sidewalks a bit too skinny, the buildings a little too short – all causing me to realize that a back lot, not a real city street, must have been used for the filming.  If you look in the background of the above screen capture, a house or small apartment building (circled) is visible behind Alyssa Milano on the left hand side.  That was a dead giveaway for me that the street was really a set, as residential street sets are commonly located right next to city street sets on most movie studio backlots.  After I learned that both of the episodes were filmed during the time that Charmed  was being produced on the Paramount lot, I became convinced that the street was in actuality just a set.  I believe that for both of the episodes mentioned one of Paramount’s New York street scenes was used. 

Now for the good news – even though this street is located on a set, you can still see it in person.  🙂  Paramount Studios offers a behind the scenes tour and one of the stops is the New York area of the back lot.  While I have never been on the Paramount Tour, it is definitely something I want to do in the near future.  Seeing Stars does a great write-up on the Paramount Tour, with some great photos and while he didn’t seem to like the tour much, this stalker still really wants to check it out.  When I do go on the tour, I will be sure to post some photographs of the New York City streets for comparison.  Sadly, though, I don’t think the streets will be that recognizable from Charmed  due to the fact that studio street scenes and building facades are constantly changed and redressed to make way for new productions.  That being said, I would still recommend stalking the Paramount Tour, as I think it would still be really fun to see.

And don’t worry, Jenna, I am still stalking the other Charmed  locations you challenged me to find.  🙂 

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It: Paramount Studios is located at 5555 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.  To book a tour, you can call (323)956-4848.  Tours cost $39 per person.

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More Charmed Locations!

My friend Chelsea is just about as obsessed with the TV series Charmed  as I am with Beverly Hills, 90210.  So while hanging out the other day she asked me to stalk a few Charmed  filming locations for her.  She was just dying to find Finn’s creepy looking house from the Season Four episode entitled “Size Matters”.  In the episode Finn lives in a run-down, haunted-looking, Victorian-style home.  The picture to the left is a screen capture of Finn’s house from the show.  (I just learned how to do screen captures!!! YAY!)   

As soon as I popped in Chelsea’s DVD of the “Size Matters” episode, I immediately recognized the house as what is quite possibly the most famous haunted house in the world.  Turns out Finn’s house is the exact same house used in Michael Jackson’s Thriller  video and I have visited it several times.  In the Charmed  episode the house looks a lot more run down than it actually appears in real life.  I am not sure if the house was actually in a state of disarray back when the Charmed  episode was filmed or if producers added a facade to make it appear more spooky.  In any event, today the house is not quite as creepy as it was when it played Finn’s home.  Ironically, the Thriller  house is just a few doors down from the Victorian that is used as the Halliway Sisters’ home  on the series. 

The next location Chelsea wanted me to stalk was the tunnel used in the Season Six episode entitled “Forget-Me-Not.”  In the episode, Piper’s toddler son Wyatt conjures up a dragon who ends up running wild all over San Francisco.  In one scene, the dragon flies out of what Piper identifies as the “Presidio Tunnel”.  The screen capture to the left shows the tunnel in the episode.  I am so loving this screen capture thing! 🙂  Anyway, after doing a bit of Internet research I found this link on fave website Seeing Stars which led me to a tunnel in Griffith Park called the Mount Hollywood Tunnel.

I was very excited to learn that the Mount Hollywood Tunnel has quite a distinguished filming history.  It was used in Back to the Future 2  as the “River Road Tunnel” where Marty tries to get his almanac back from Biff, in Who Framed Roger Rabbit  it served as the entrance to Toon Town, in War Games  it was the entrance to NORAD, Emma Roberts ran through it in the Nancy Drew  movie, and it was also the location of the accident that killed Marissa Cooper in Mischa Barton’s final episode of The O.C.  And after looking at the Seeing Stars page, I could immediately tell it was the same tunnel used in Charmed.

So yesterday I set out to stalk the Mount Hollywood Tunnel.  I was excited to see that it looks pretty much exactly as it did in the Charmed  episode.  The only difference is that in Charmed  signs were hung on the tunnel entrance saying “Presidio Tunnel”.  Those, of course, were not there in real life.  Also, for some reason, in real life cones have been put up running down the entire center of the tunnel.  If you decide to stalk the tunnel for yourself, please exercise extreme caution!  Cars barrel through it at about 40 mph, and I almost got hit while I was there.  The tunnel is very dark and I don’t think drivers realize that there might be pedestrians inside – so be careful!

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Finn’s house, aka the Thriller  house, is located at 1345 Carroll Avenue in Echo Park, just down the street from the Charmed  House, which can be found at 1329.  Carroll Avenue is a historic neighborhood with a huge collection of beautiful Victorian homes.  Walking tours of the neighborhood are conducted monthly and you can even take a tour of the interior of the Charmed house.  The Mount Hollywood Tunnel is located in Griffith Park, just off Vermont Drive.  Follow Vermont through the park, past the Greek Theatre.  Once you pass the Observatory keep going straight on Vermont to where it turns into Mount Hollywood Drive and it will lead you right through the tunnel.  Once you drive through the tunnel, there is small dirt parking lot where you can park your car and walk back to the tunnel entrance.  The entrance near the parking lot is the side of the tunnel that was used in Charmed.

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