'Homeland' filming wrapping up in Charlotte

'Homeland' filming wrapping up in Charlotte

Credit: Amy Aussieker

Four extras playing secret service agents, including Amy Aussieker (second from right)

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 3 at 5:38 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There’s a lot of buzz on Facebook and Twitter right now about ‘Homeland’, the spy thriller airing on Showtime.  It’s being filmed right here in Charlotte and many people have spotted the production trucks around town.

A spokesperson for Showtime tells NewsChannel 36 they are shooting the finale right now and shooting should be completed by the end of this weekend.

Production trucks have been spotted around the Queen City this week.  On Tuesday they were outside The Vue condominiums in uptown.  Trucks lined West 5th Street and they also were parked in a lot across the street from the Vue.

A member of the production crew told NewsChannel 36 they filmed a scene on the 44th floor.  They also filmed a scene earlier in the day at Fourth Ward Park.

Amy Ausssieker is the owner of Fabo Café in Charlotte and was an extra on set last weekend.

“I think I went on Facebook and saw…they needed help,” Aussieker said.  “They emailed back and said ‘Can you work Saturday and Sunday?’”

‘Homeland’ has a Facebook page dedicated to casting extras, and as of Wednesday afternoon they were still looking for a few.

Aussieker was a secret service agent for a few scenes filmed at the old courthouse.  While she says she would do it again, the 13 hour work days on both Saturday and Sunday last weekend were exhausting.

“If they ask next season I would, but it’s long.  I was tired.  I think I slept nine solid hours when I got home Sunday night.”

Showtime recently announced the cable network picked up the series for a second season.  ‘Homeland’ is Showtime's highest-rated first-year drama in the network's history, drawing 4.4 million viewers in its debut. Season two will begin production in spring 2012, the network said.

Charlotte was chosen as the site of filming because of low costs, tax breaks and its resemblance to suburban Washington, D.C. where the series is set. A house near SouthPark Mall is the home of Lewis' character.

"Homeland" crews have also filmed in Mooresville, which doubled for a Mexican town, in Concord and Lake Norman.
 
Aussieker said it was fun to be a part of the crew and says she met several other extras and production members who worked on the upcoming movie ‘Hunger Games’, which was filmed in North Carolina as well.

“It was very cool to watch.  Most of the extras come from Raleigh and all these different places,” she said, adding, “I love the show.”

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