Random Acts: the pilots are taking over Chicago

Amber Heard in Chicago

Chicago’s rapidly becoming a town where TV shows want to shoot. It’s been a while since The Loop and Prison Break‘s first season shot there, but The Chicago Code‘s there right now and a couple of pilots are shooting there as well. Cooper and Stone, starring Alex Breckenridge and Vanessa Ferlito (one of the original stars of CSI: NY), is randomly annoying the Chicago neighbourhood of Ravenswood Manor:

Cooper and Stone in Ravenswood Manor

“Go back to L.A.,” one resident complained

Meanwhile, The Playboy Club – NBC’s female-oriented answer to Mad Men that’s set in a 1960s Playboy club just as women’s lib and the Pill are about to hit the world – is currently giving the city a make-over. Eddie Cibrian (who, continuing the CSI theme, was in CSI: Miami for all of a season) is running around Chicago in a whole load of Jon Hamm’s cast-offs:

Eddie Cibrian in The Playboy Club

Eddie Cibrian in The Playboy Club

Eddie Cibrian

Since the show’s aimed at women much more than men, I imagine this will be happening a lot:

Eddie Cibrian

However, given the setting of the show and since Amber Heard’s in it, I imagine men* will want to watch it, too:

Amber Heard in The Playboy Club

You may ask where randomness comes into this. Well, guess where Amber gets her style advice from:

Amber Heard reading Lucky magazine

Yes, well known Mad Men envier and Lucky magazine’s “old reliable“, Ali Larter.

Ali Larter in Lucky magazine

I wonder if that’s why Amber took the role?

* And gay women, obviously:


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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