Crews prep Shelburne Falls for Dexter TV show production

  • It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas again in Shelburne Falls where film crews have been decorating downtown trees and storefronts for filming a holiday-themed installment of the Dexter television series. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas again in Shelburne Falls where film crews have been decorating downtown trees and storefronts for filming a holiday-themed installment of the Dexter television series. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 3/18/2021 8:12:00 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS — With wreaths on windows, tinsel on banisters and lights strung about the trees, Christmas has returned to Shelburne Falls — at least for now.

That’s because crews have been at work downtown, preparing the village for the production of a new limited series of the TV show “Dexter.”

“We’re very much looking forward to working with the production crew,” said Buckland Town Administrator Heather Butler. “They’ve been really good guests in the village and anticipate that we’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the next couple of weeks.”

Filming for the show is expected to begin early next month in Shelburne Falls, a spokesperson for the TV network Showtime said.

Two movies have been shot in Shelburne Falls village: Labor Day, starring Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet and Tobey Maguire, which was released 2013; and The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton, which was released in 2014.

Dexter follows forensic analyst Dexter Morgan who spends his days solving crimes and his nights committing them, according to a synopsis on the production company’s website. But the character lives by a “strict honor code” — acting as a vigilante serial killer.

The final episode of the original series, which lasted eight seasons, aired in 2013.

Although they couldn’t speak to specifics, local businesses confirmed that the production company had been in touch regarding the production process. McCusker’s Market, for example, plans to be closed April 5 to April 9 and April 12 as a result of the production.

Butler previously explained that the TV network approached the town in October about using Town Hall — which is currently closed to the public — as well as State and Conway streets.

The Shelburne Select Board also offered the company a “positive nod” of approval at the end of last year.

In January, Showtime announced that in addition to the original series regulars — including Michael C. Hall, who plays the titular character Dexter — the cast includes Clancy Brown, Julia Jones, Alano Miller, Johnny Sequoyah and Jack Alcott.




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