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Cloverdale comes in from the 'Fringe'
Cloverdale’s star turn in a popular science fiction TV series hits the airwaves next Friday night.
Scenes from the Feb. 10 episode of Fringe – titled ‘Welcome to Westfield’ – were filmed on location in Cloverdale in mid-December, when the cast and crew spent several days here.
Actors John Noble, Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson were easily spotted during the long hours the production spent filming outside in the drizzle, thrilling fans who came from as far away as Abbotsford hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars.
Onlookers were rewarded with a spectacle when the 5600-block of 176 Street was transformed from a festive shopping district into a windswept urban wasteland.
Special effects green screens were erected at either end of the block, which was littered with overturned vehicles, debris, fallen power poles and other wreckage. At one point, frantic passengers ran from a school bus in search of refuge.
Later, the production headed indoors to Dann’s Electronics, at the fictitious corner of Quimby Road and Cypress Street, a U.S. flag hanging prominently from one of the lamp posts outside the shop.
Scenes were also filmed inside the cafe at the Clover Inn, which, like Dann’s landmark repair shop, was used for a previous location shoot for Fringe’s season premiere back in September. Surrey's oldest businessman, Allan Dann, 87, had a small walk-on part in that episode.
The synopsis for the upcoming Cloverdale episode is as follows:
“The Fringe team gets trapped. Peter, Olivia and Walter come face to face with a mysterious and terrifying Fringe event as they get trapped in a town that there’s no escaping from.”
Fringe airs Friday nights on City-TV (Channel 13) in Metro Vancouver.