BY ERIKA NORTON – Straus News/Warwick Advertiser
WARWICK — Several sections of Warwick were lined with cars, packed with equipment and filled with activity this week due to the popular TV show “Blindspot” being filmed in multiple locations across town.
Mary Johnston came to visit her mother Gloria Schlegel on Tuesday at her home on Blooms Corner Road. Her house is across the street from one of the filming sites, so from her front porch swing, they had a front row seat to all the action.
“I looked it up and I said ‘I know what this show is because we watch it all the time,’” Johnston said, who watches the show with her husband.
The show is about a woman who has no memories of her past named Jane Doe, who is found naked in Times Square covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a complex FBI investigation into the meaning of her tattoos and the truth about her identity.
In order to film in town, a permit is required, according to Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton. The show’s team had reached out to the town office a few weeks ago and asked to come up to scope out some sites.
The show’s team was looking for some rural areas with some old buildings, Sweeton said, so the town offered some suggestions and Sweeton went around town with some of the team members a little bit.
“They had a complicated scene,” Sweeton said, “which was a helicopter landing and a motorcycle chase, which they were looking for some sort of rural, isolated area where they could do that pretty much without creating too much havoc. So we had suggested the State School Road out by the prison and they did film out by that section.”
A small farm house near Colonies Farm on Blooms Corner Road was used for filming as well, and at one point on Tuesday, explosives were used. Warwick police officers were on the scene to monitor and block traffic, which the show’s team paid for, Sweeton said.
“Blindspot” won the Critics’ Choice TV Award for Most Exciting New Series last year and stars Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton.
Season two is set to premiere Sept. 14 on NBC at 10 p.m.