Westchester Gets “The Leftovers”
27 Jun, 2014
By Polly Kreisman
If scenes in the Sunday’s premiere of HBO’s The Leftovers look familiar, it’s because many of them were taped right here in Westchester.
The story here is that two percent of the world’s population has disappeared mysteriously, and no one can explain it. It takes place in fictional Mapleton, New York.
Saxon Woods Park was the scene of several days of shooting. Scenes from the first episode were filmed inside the Hastings Laundromat, the River Roadhouse bar and Main Street is the setting for a parade scene.
In Harrison, scenes are set inside private homes, and Mount Vernon’s Haven Studios, which opened in 2012, has been the series’ sound stage for over a year.
On Friday, Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino held a news conference with Nicole Zeller and her sister. Gabrielle Zeller, Co-owners of Haven Studios, and Demian Resnick, Location Manager, The Leftovers.
He named June 29 as “Mapleton, New York Day.”
“The event puts the spotlight on one of the many television shows filming multiple episodes—and multiple seasons—in Westchester. Combined with the film, commercial, and video shoots also happening in Westchester, the productions are a boon to the local economy,” said a news release.
The Leftovers premieres Sunday, June 29 at 10 p.m. A half-hour spotlight show, The Making of ‘The Leftovers, has already premiered and can be seen Friday, June 27 at 9:30 p.m. on HBO.
The show stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler and is based on Tom Perrotta’s novel by the same name.