PLAYING HOUSE - Starring Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair, Keegan-Michael Key, Jane Kaczmarek, Zach Woods, Brad Morris.

Childhood best friends Maggie Caruso and Emma Crawford are in store for on of their biggest adventures - raising a baby. When Maggie discovers that her husband is having an online affair Emma gives up her burgeoning business career to stay in their hometown and help Maggie raise her baby.

Maggie’s House

The house set was built on the CBS Radford Lot. My favorite feature was the Mud Room and attached screened-in porch, which added depth from the living room, foyer and kitchen. It also allowed sunlight to play into the house.

Rosie’s Diner

Our story called for a small town, cozy, traditional family diner. It had to have a bar, but also had to be a place where you could bring your family for lunch or dinner. I think we succeeded in creating a friendly, comfortable place you could spend time with your family and friends. The entrance and exterior was reverse-engineered to match a facade entrance at the Golden Oak Ranch Urban Street backlot. This allowed us to shoot night exterior establishing shots to tie into the stage sets, adding production value by showing our small town streets and surrounding businesses.

The combined cost of Maggie’s House and Rosie’s Diner was what one might normally spend on one permanent interior set. Once again, I combined stock scenery with custom modifications to get the look Annie wanted.

Swing Sets

With a very conservative half-hour comedy episodic budget, it was my job to find ways to provide interesting options to the Production Designer, Annie Spitz, from available stock scenery which we customized to suit the episodes. One of these was the Delirium Bookstore and finally, when it was time for Maggie’s baby to be born, the maternity ward at Pinebrook Memorial Hospital.