WESTFIELD, NJ — An empty storefront on Elm Street will be transformed into a police station for the pilot of an NBC television show Thursday, town officials said.
The cast and crew for the show “Emergence” will be filming in the downtown from 2 p.m. Thursday until 2 a.m. Friday, the Downtown Westfield Corporation announced.
"It was our past Chairman Dominick Verdic, who worked with the film company and negotiated the deal on behalf of the Calcagno’s, owner of the currently unoccupied space on Elm Street," said Sherry Cronin, executive director of Downtown Westfield Corporation. "He, with the cooperation of The Calcagno’s, brought the film crew to Downtown Westfield."
Parking during this time will be reserved for the shoot on the north side of Elm Street between East Broad and Orchard streets and the south side of Elm Street between Trader Joe’s and Weichert Realtors, the Downtown Westfield Corporation announcement said.
“Allison Tolman has been cast as the lead and she has been on the TV show 'Fargo,'” Town Administrator Jim Gildea told TAPinto Westfield. “The Town does require filming permit fees and reimbursements for parking use and police time among other things.”
ABC Studios, which is producing the show for NBC, also plans to use the Memorial Pool lot to basecamp their equipment vehicles and crew cars at 11 a.m. Thursday and leave early the following morning, officials said.
According to a report on Deadline Hollywood, “Emergence” is being produced for NBC. The show is a thriller and a mystery centered around a sheriff who finds a young near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened, the report said.
“Police officers will be on scene to provide safety measures,” Gildea said. “We are told that most scenes will be interior shots.”
Councilman Mark LoGrippo in a social media posting did not discourage the public from getting peek of the action.
“For those that have asked, feel free to go downtown and check out the filming,” LoGrippo said.