We Need to Talk About Severance! Apple TV Show Filmed in Beacon, NY
Bet you never thought you could say "I can see my house from here!" while you're watching Apple TV. .
The New Hollywood?
Celebrity sightings are becoming commonplace in the Hudson Valley, with the rich and famous travelling upstate for both pleasure and work. Most recently, Amy Schumer and Michael Cera were spotted filming their new Hulu show, Life & Beth, and they are far from the only actors spending quality time in our towns. Adam Scott, Christopher Walken, and John Turturro are all part of a new Apple TV show, Severance, that premiered on February 18th.
Where it was filmed
If you're a Beacon resident, you may already have had the heads up on this one, since production literally shut down and re-designed parts of Main Street to film last year, but everyone will have the chance to see what parts of the Hudson Valley they recognize on screen. I had to wait until episode 3 before I saw something I thought I recognized. Also as a warning: this show is creepy as hell.
The plot revolves around a company called Lumen that "severs" an employee's connection to the outside world while they're inside the office building and on company time. A procedure that they voluntarily receive makes them forget all about their personal lives while working, and similarly have no idea what they did at work after they leave for the day. But the details of what this actually means is what makes for the biggest drama: the "work" self only knows the office, which means they are theoretically trapped like a prisoner. Every time they leave, they feel like they're just walking right back in again, like they're in a loop. They never know sleep, what their life is like on the outside, or even what this company actually does. They can also never ask for help.
So guess what??? The company seems to be up to some nefarious deeds. I know, big surprise. A corporation that wants to screw with your brain and erase your memories is up to no good! Also, isn't that a little close to home for Apple? Please don't track me down for that comment, Tim Cook.
It's also a little surreal to see Adam Scott, of Step Brothers and Parks and Recreation fame, take on such a different character, but he pulls off the dual personality perfectly. Check out the trailer below and keep scrolling to see all the other movies and TV shows that were shot here in the Hudson Valley.