AMBRIDGE – It’s Showtime at Ambridge, with a new TV series starring Jeff Daniels set to film in the borough.
Anyone walking or riding past the former Ambridge Police Station on Merchant Street this past weekend probably noticed new signs hanging from the building, declaring it the Buell Municipal Building and Buell Police Station.
Buell is the name of the fictional Fayette County town in Showtime Channel’s “American Rust”, where Emmy Award winner Daniels portrays a “complicated and compromising” police chief.
Showtime’s website states that the family drama will “explore the shattered American dream” through the eyes of Daniels’ character, Dale Harris, whose true love’s son is accused of murder. “Harris is forced to decide what he is willing to do to protect her.”
Filming of “American Rust” began this month in western Pennsylvania, featuring scenes from Donora and Monsen in the Monongahela Valley. Filming is scheduled to run regionally in August, with the series beginning in 2022.
Ambridge Police Chief John DeLuca says his officers will direct traffic on Merchant Street on March 31, when the former police station shoots for “American Rust”.
That old police station has made its way into the cameras of national TV before appearing in Netflix’s psychological crime drama “Mindhunter.”
Hollywood Loves Ambridge
Hollywood loves the versatility of Downtown Ambridge, which has:
• Doubled for Iowa and Atlanta (both in “Mindhunter”).
• Served as New Jersey (the Katherine Heigl-starring film “One for the Money”).
• Jason Momoa provided a backdrop for the thriller “Sweet Girl”, which was filmed inside the Ambridge Do It Best home center in December 2019. That Netflix movie comes out later this year.
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No word if Ambridge will be involved in filming Daniels, the Emmy winner for “The Newsroom” also nominated multiple times for Tony Awards (“To Kill a Mockingbird”) and Golden Globes (“Something Wild.”).
Daniels was on stage in suburban Pittsburgh in another form in July 2018, headlining Jergel’s Rhythm Grill with his blues and roots group that includes his son and daughter-in-law.
In a 2018 interview with The Times and Elwood City Ledger, Daniels recalled that her last Pittsburgh appearance was shooting the late ’80s TV movie “No Place Like Home.”
Scott Teddy is the local entertainment reporter for The Beaver County Times and the Elwood City Ledger. It’s easy to reach at email@example.com. @scotttady on twitter. but follow him