Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Heat's on `L.A. Firefighters' Cast Stars of New Fox Drama Sweat It out on the Steamy Set

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Heat's on `L.A. Firefighters' Cast Stars of New Fox Drama Sweat It out on the Steamy Set

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FLAMES reach from the floor to the ceiling of the paint store, and cans begin to explode in the intense heat.

"Everybody out! Now!" the leader yells, and four firefighters in protective gear race toward the exit as the flames begin to engulf the room.

"Cut!" the director commands over the loudspeaker, and the flames obey, flickering down as a gas supply is shut off. All that is left is a blackened movie set and the odor of acrid smoke. Fortunately, everyone is breathing through masks.

A portion of an unused airplane hangar at the Van Nuys Airport in the San Fernando Valley is the site for indoor shooting of "L.A. Firefighters," a new Fox series that makes its debut Monday (8 p.m. on Channel 2) and has already been picked up for fall. The outdoor scenes are filmed all over Los Angeles County.

The one-hour action series is the creation of Gordon Greisman; the leading actors are Carlton Wilborn, Alexandra Hedison, Christine Elise, Jarrod Emick, Brian Leckner and Michael Gallagher.

As crew members prepare for the next shot, the actors lounge in other parts of the hangar, gulping from bottles of water that are constant companions between scenes. Lounge may not be the right word, considering the actors' cumbersome costumes, with oxygen tanks on their backs.

"I'd estimate I have about 50, maybe 60 pounds of gear on," explains Emick, who won a Tony Award as Joe Hardy in "Damn Yankees" on Broadway. "It's all insulated, so you're very warm. Then when you take it off, you're very cold, so you gotta worry about catching pneumonia.

"So I just keep it on and sweat it out. Day before yesterday, I lost seven pounds."

Emick believes the time is ripe for a firefighter series, reasoning, "It's about the last of the hero occupations; everyone has a smile when the firefighters go by."

"I thought I was in good shape, but this show is whoopin' my butt," adds Elise, who played Emily Valentine in "Beverly Hills, 90210" and Noah Wyle's love interest on "ER. …

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