‘Revolution’ TV production not returning to Wilmington

Billy Burke as Miles Matheson IN NBC's Revolution.
Billy Burke as Miles Matheson IN NBC's Revolution. Brownie Harris

The producers of the NBC drama “Revolution” have informed their crew that the show, which filmed its first season in and around Wilmington, will not return to the Port City for its second season.

The show’s creator, Eric Kripke, said in an email to the crew that the show will move production to Austin, Texas, said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.

In the email, he thanked the crew for its hard work but did not give a reason for the show’s departure.

“Every week, we gave you the impossible, and yet you always executed beautifully,” the email reads. “Unfortunately, we’ll be moving the show to Austin, TX, for Season 2.This is not a decision that was made easily or taken lightly. We agonized over it. And we really regret losing such a terrific crew. Seriously.”

Aaron Syrett, director of the N.C. Film Office, said the show’s departure is related to location needs.

“‘Revolution’ is moving to Texas for creative reasons,” he said. “They need a look that is not available in North Carolina.”

Griffin said he hasn’t heard directly from producers regarding a reason as to why the show is leaving.

But he said he’d had conversations with them in recent months about the availability of locations.

“Part of the challenge is you don’t know where a storyline is going to go in the future,” Griffin said. “You have to be sure you have enough locations to choose from. It’s a traveling show ... their world is constantly changing every week, literally, because they’re on foot traveling from place to place, so they don’t know ahead of time what’s required or needed. The series appears to be taking the characters out West.”

“Revolution” takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in which weaponized technology developed by the U.S. military goes out of control, wiping out electricity – as well as all types of engines and gadgets – across the globe. Governments collapse, and militias form to rule over citizens. The show relied heavily on locations that looked desolate, such as vacant factories, older buildings and wilderness areas.

Syrett said the show had approximately 200 crew members on staff, not counting local actors and background talent sometimes used. The show “spent approximately between $50 to $55 million directly in N.C.,” he said in an email.

A 13-episode CBS series based on a best-selling novel by Stephen King is also now filming in and around Wilmington.

“Under the Dome” is about a small Northeastern town suddenly covered by an invisible force-field which cuts it off from the rest of the world. No person or thing can enter or leave the space under the dome – so this production shouldn’t have an issue with running out of new locations.

Production on “Under the Dome” should continue through July. The series will make its debut on June 24 at 10 p.m.

The current Wilmington-filmed episodes of “Revolution” air on Monday nights at 10, and the season finale airs on June 3.

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