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Not Much "Action" at Massive Soundstage

By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – CBS passed over the medical drama produced by ER's John Wells, which shot its pilot in Wilmington. But the head of Wilmington's EUE Screen Gems movie studio says that doesn't mean the show is dead.

Executive Vice President Bill Vassar says there's talk that CBS will pick up the medical drama mid-season.

News that the show didn't make the fall line up comes exactly a year after Screen Gems unveiled its massive Stage 10 soundstage and water tank. So far nobody has booked it, but Vassar says that doesn't mean Hollywood isn't interested.

"One of the reasons why the medical pilot came here was because the original intention was to set up that massive tent inside the studio. When the producers and directors saw the Winnabow International Airport they said, "well this is like this was carved out of a script."

Vasar says one film and a television show are taking a hard look at the soundstage and water tank. Meanwhile, television show One Tree Hill has officially announced it's returning for an 8th season.

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