HGTV's House Hunters Renovation follows couples as they search for a home, pick one, and then undertake a large renovation project.
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"This particular area of New York State is absolutely breathtaking. The architecture's great whether it's in downtown Buffalo, Hamburg, Tonawanda by the canal, Lewiston, Orchard Park, I could go on and on."
The show isn't just about the glitz and glamour of the area though. "Once people are cast and they say we're looking for a house and we think they're great for HGTV, off we go. We spend a lot of time with them as they search for the perfect house. Once they find it and they close on it, then the real challenge begins."
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The following films were shot all or in part in WNY:
Flying Tigers - 1942
Hide in Plain Sight - 1980
Best Friends - 1982
The Natural - 1984
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - 1987
Canadian Bacon - 1995
Buffalo '66 - 1998
Bruce Almighty - 2003
Proud - 2004
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead - 2006
The Savages - 2007
Henry's Crime - 2011
Tammy - 2014 (see below)
"When we're not there working with the couples, when they're doing their own DIY project, we have what we call our reno-cam guy who's there almost every day watching plumbing go in, mold being discovered, mold being remediated, I could go on and on."
While the show hires local contractors to do much of the work, Hunt says that the homeowners are encouraged to get as hands-on as they want to. Typically renovations are done in the kitchen or master bedroom, which are "big-ticket" items that most people search for as soon as they step foot in to a house.
The show won't just use Western New York as a backdrop either, local talent will be used throughout filming. "We are hiring a local project manager, we are hiring a local reno-cam person. The idea is to get as many people locally involved, because it really is about the city."
In the end, Hunt expects to leave Buffalo with four episodes (additional episodes are being filmed at the same time in cities such as Chicago), but when the HGTV cameras stop rolling that doesn't mean the spotlight is off of Western New York.
"The inventory of assets here architecturally are just second to none," said Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark.
While that's something many Western New Yorkers could say about their hometowns, they might not realize that Hollywood is thinking the same thing.
"Other television shows that we've had in town recently include a big television show from The Weather Channel. We have a movie shooting this week in fact, they shot at the Lockport caves on Thursday. We've got a pretty good mix of movies and television shows."
|Next week in movie theaters across the country, Tammy will hit the big screen. The movie filmed in Western New York for a couple of days last summer, features Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, and has Niagara falls as a setting and plot point.|
Film Commissioner Clark says the big productions are something we may be seeing more of in town soon.
"We expect at least one, but probably two larger-budget movies to be visiting us sometime in the next few months. I can't give too much away, because I'm really sworn to secrecy."
That means we'll have to just wait... and watch.
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