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Archive for January 2016

The Palms Motel from “My Name Is Earl”

Jan 29th, 2016 | By | Category: TV Locations

Another day, another motel location.  Today’s is one that has been covered on many other blogs, so I realize I am a bit late to the game.  I only just recently stalked it, though, and was shocked to discover that its most recognizable element had been removed!  I am talking about the Palms Motel where Earl Hickey (Jason Lee) lived with his brother, Randy (Ethan Suplee), on the television series My Name Is Earl.  Up until writing this post, I had never seen a full […]

Econo Inn & Suites from “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”

Jan 25th, 2016 | By | Category: TV Locations

Well, I am definitely on a hotel kick as of late, because here I am with my third post in a row of the inn variety.  Today’s lodging was featured prominently in the Season 9 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation titled “Turn, Turn, Turn,” which just so happens to be the production in which a one Miss Taylor Swift made her acting debut.  When the episode first aired in 2009, I had not watched CSI in ages, nor was I a particularly big Swift […]

The Garland Hotel from “Parks and Recreation”

Jan 22nd, 2016 | By | Category: TV Locations

A couple of years ago, I drove by a hotel that looked like a little slice of retro heaven and became transfixed.  I made a mental note of its name and vowed to research it further.  As soon as I got home, though, I realized the name had escaped me and, because I have no sense of direction whatsoever (my mom says I couldn’t find my way out of a paper bag!), I did not even really remember where it was located.  Then this past […]

The L.A. Hotel Downtown from “How to Get Away with Murder”

Jan 20th, 2016 | By | Category: TV Locations

Sometimes while viewing a television show or movie, I become absolutely transfixed by a location.  So much so that I have to pause what I’m watching and track down the locale right then and there.  It happens quite often actually – more often than I’d like to admit – and drives the Grim Cheaper up the wall.  Such was the case with the hotel where Eve Rothlow (Famke Janssen) stayed while in town to help Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) in the Season 2 premiere of […]

The “Pretty Little Liars” Church

Jan 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Pretty Little Liars Locations

Before we get started, I have a couple of announcements.  Some changes will be coming to the blog in 2016.  The biggest change will be a major site redesign, which the Grim Cheaper is currently working on and which I could NOT be more excited about.  You’ll notice I’ve altered my screen captures a bit in today’s post, which is part of the revamp.  My editor at Los Angeles magazine also recently started a new position and until someone is hired to replace her full […]

Spencer’s House and Barn from “Pretty Little Liars”

Jan 14th, 2016 | By | Category: Pretty Little Liars Locations

Though all of the homes featured on Pretty Little Liars are pretty darn amazing design-wise, my personal favorite, hands-down, is the farm-like residence where Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario) and her family live.  So when I began tracking down the locales used in the pilot, which was shot in Vancouver, Spencer’s pad was at the top of my list of places to find.  And find it, I did.  While not much of the dwelling is visible from the street, sadly, I still had my good friend/fellow […]

The Ultimate “Pretty Little Liars” Guide to Warner Bros. Studio

Jan 13th, 2016 | By | Category: Discover Los Angeles Articles, Pretty Little Liars Locations

Be sure to check out my latest post for Discover Los Angeles, The Ultimate Pretty Little Liars Guide to Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Part One and Part Two.  It is a continuation of my February 2015 article, which covered locales from the series’ first two seasons.  I had so much fun putting this one together – and even had a very apropos “A” moment while doing so!  I hope my fellow stalkers enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Lord Byng Secondary School from “Pretty Little Liars”

Jan 11th, 2016 | By | Category: Pretty Little Liars Locations

I hope y’all aren’t sick of Pretty Little Liars locations yet, because I still have a few more up my sleeve, as well as a huge soon-to-be published article on the subject for Discover Los Angeles.  Today’s locale is Vancouver’s Lord Byng Secondary School, which stood in for Rosewood High School in the pilot episode.  For those who have not read my other PLL articles (which you can do here, here, here, and here) and are unfamiliar with the production of the show, I’ll give […]

Aria’s House from “Pretty Little Liars”

Jan 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Pretty Little Liars Locations

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – stalking begets stalking!  One of the Vancouver locations I was most interested in finding from the Pretty Little Liars pilot was the gorgeous Craftsman-style house where doe-eyed beauty Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale) lived.  There was virtually nothing to go on, though – no address number, no street signs, no clues visible in the background.  So I put that hunt on the back burner and instead set my sights on tracking down the DiLaurentis/St. Germain home […]

New “L.A.” Mag Post – About “The Wonder Years” Neighborhood

Jan 7th, 2016 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

Don’t forget to read today’s Los Angeles magazine post – it’s about The Wonder Years neighborhood.  My articles typically get published in the early afternoon hours.