Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Downward Dog' and 'Outsiders' Wrap Local Filming

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Downward Dog' and 'Outsiders' Wrap Local Filming

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Two filmed-in-Pittsburgh TV series have wrapped their seasons: WGN America's "Outsiders" completed its second season last week and ABC's upcoming comedy "Downward Dog" finished this week.

Netflix's "Mindhunter" continues filming through December.

'Downward Dog'

In her first major role since FX's "Fargo," actress Allison Tolman stars in "Downward Dog" as Pittsburgher Nan, who has a devoted dog, Martin, an ex-boyfriend (Lucas Neff, "Raising Hope") and an ad agency job.

Martin speaks his frequently angsty, self-obsessive thoughts to the camera and in narration, but Nan doesn't hear him.

"Downward Dog," created by Pittsburghers Michael Killen and Samm Hodges of Animal Media Group, filmed its pilot last December and returned to shoot the balance of its eight-episode first season this fall using locations in Regent Square (for Nan's house) and on the North Side (Nan's workplace).

"Your town is nice," Mr. Neff said during a break in filming earlier this month, while acknowledging it's difficult to be on location and away from his Los Angeles home. "It's tough to know you're gonna uproot your life. I've got a house, a family, my own little setup in LA. They could say, 'You'll be on a dry pedestal looking at Niagara Falls every day,' and you'll be like, 'Aww, man, I miss my house!' But Pittsburgh has made the transition a lot easier.

"The food is a little too good," he continued. "I'm struggling with it in my wardrobe [fitting]."

Ms. Tolman moved to Los Angeles from Chicago only a few years ago, so she was OK with a location shoot.

"To be somewhere with so much green, coming from Los Angeles, is just a blessing," she said. "Los Angeles is in so much of a drought right now, everything is dead or dying. My boyfriend is from southern Ohio so I've spent a little time out here."

She visited the Mattress Factory and The Andy Warhol Museum on the same day, and wants to bring her parents to see both. But Ms. Tolman isn't exactly sure where she's staying because it's on the border of Shadyside and East Liberty.

"I know there's a debate about where Shadyside starts and ends," she said. …

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