New TV show shuts down Charlotte streets, transforms neighborhood

New TV show shuts down Charlotte streets, transforms neighborhood

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 8:39 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hollywood transformed a Charlotte neighborhood into one that looks distinctly foreign this week.

It's another big TV pilot shooting, and this one prompted an apology from state officials.

Welcome to The Gleeful Cloud. Charlotte's newest karaoke bar? Not exactly.

Plaza Midwood is doubling as a little Korea as they shoot "The Novice", a new TV show for the USA network where the lead actor works for a Korean crime organization.

John Rainey owns the tattoo shop on Central Avenue.

“They came into the studio and asked if we would allow them to make this part of their set and make it look like this is a Korean city set, and we said sure, yeah.”

He's hoping all the buzz will mean business.

“If anything it just brings people out that are curious, so anything that will help business that’s out of the ordinary.”

The production crew -- that is also responsible for Homeland and Banshee -- was in uptown Tuesday where people weren't as thrilled.

The shoot shut down Tryon and Stonewall during morning rush hour, prompting tons of tweets like this one from Charlotte Magazine-

"Anyone else get stuck in uptown traffic?”

The DOT even issued an apology about the street closures. Not necessary Wednesday though, where the folks in Plaza Midwood are enjoying the spotlight.

The show will shoot around town for the next few weeks. To find information on how to become an extra, click here.

 

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