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TV Tourism is a Real Thing and It’s Inspired by Shows Like ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Ozark’

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Getting lost in a fictional world created by your favorite TV show is easy, especially with streaming services bringing the characters and locations inside your home! 

With services like Netflix and Disney+, you don’t have to wait a week or more to watch the next episode — you can binge seasons upon seasons in one sitting.

It’s easier for you to connect with the show and as it becomes your reality, you find yourself wanting to visit all these places to have the same experiences as your best friends. 

According to a survey by OnBuy, an online marketplace based in the UK, more than 100,000 people search the location of Netflix’s top 11 shows each month including Stranger Things, Ozark, Black Mirror, Breaking Bad, and Money Heist

Of course, the need for travel has only intensified throughout the COVID pandemic. With the virus limiting and restricting travel, many people are dreaming and possibly even planning future vacations that are set where their favorite shows were filmed. 

So, where can your favorite shows take you?

15 Shows That Give You Major Wanderlust

OnBuy found that Stranger Things was the most popular show searched with 42,000 monthly searches for the locations where the show was filmed. While the show takes place in Hawkins, Indiana, it isn’t filmed anywhere in Indiana. 

Instead, Atlanta, Georgia provides the backdrop for the sci-fi thriller.

The site notes much of the filming for seasons 1 and 2 happens at Stone Mountain Cherokee Loop Trail (here are the exact coordinates: 33.808399, -84139244).

You can plan your own tour or, if you don’t want to do all that work, you can book a guided tour! Civitatis will pick you up at your hotel and take you all around “Hawkins.” Or you can check out Atlanta Upside Down Tour! 

Ozark is one of Netflix’s most popular shows and while it’s based in a real place called the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, again, it it’s filmed in Atlanta mainly at Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier. Explore Georgia has a whole post dedicated to filming locations that you can visit and that includes the 3,500-acre home of Del Rio as it was filmed at the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Georgia.

Once this whole COVID thing blows over and traveling is allowed once again, maybe you can check out the fake Ozarks and the real Ozarks?!

Breaking Bad, which originally aired on AMC, continues to be a hit for Netflix as it gains steam from the prequel Better Call Saul. The shows have peaked people’s interest into Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

New Mexico is just as excited about the tourism, so you can find plenty of tours including an RV tour that takes you to iconic sites like Jesse’s house, Chucky’s, Dog house, Tucco’s, Combo’s corner, thRV Junkyard, Los Pollos Hermanos, Owl Cafe, Jane’s, Walt’s house, the Car Wash and Superlab. They even include some spots from Better Caul Saul spots!

And for anyone looking for some international travel — without the meticulously planned heists — plenty of fans have been looking up Madrid thanks to Money Heist (La Casa de Papel). 

Most of the show’s first two seasons are filmed in Madrid as the series centers around the robbery of the Royal Mint. However, if you want to snag a picture in front of the exterior, you should know the show wasn’t allowed to film in front of the actual Royal Mint of Spain and instead used the National Research Council. 

Of course, there are dedicated tours to help you visit all the hot spots including Guruwalk walking tour in Spanish.

Season 3 and 4 of the series takes viewers a bit out of Madrid in case a Euro-trip is calling your name. Snag the list of filming locations here

The publication found plenty of searches for New York Logos Bookstore, the backdrop for the psychological thriller You.

And we can’t forget that many Game of Thrones fans have made it their favorite past time to visit GOT filming locations and recreate scenes. 

Many tours are taking COVID precautions if you’re in the area, but you can’t travel now, be sure to plan a future vacation that takes you on the set of your favorite TV show! 

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Was ‘La Brea’ Renewed For Season 3?

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La Brea fans, you have something to celebrate.

NBC has given an early season 3 renewal to the prehistoric sci-fi series. The network gave the green light right just before season 2 kicked off on Jan. 31, returning from hiatus with two back-to-back episodes. (Read our review!)

Per TVLine, La Brea will get six episodes in the third season with the possibility of scoring more down the line. And if no additional episodes are green-lit, six feels like a solid number that would be enough to provide a solid conclusion for dedicated fans.

The series averaged about 5.4 total weekly viewers, including DVR audiences, in its first season run, however, its midseason return fared rather poorly with 2.1 million and 2 million for both episodes, respectively. All of that could change once playback numbers are factored in proving that the drama was worth saving after all.

The series, which premiered in September 2021—and fills the sci-fi gap left behind by shows like Timeless and Debrisfollows a group of people who fall through a mysterious sinkhole in Los Angeles and find themselves transported to 10,000 B.C.

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Will There Be a Season 4 of ‘Big Sky’?

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Big Sky ended on a high note on Wed, Jan. 18, wrapping up a whirlwind season filled with murder, mystery, and deception.

And naturally, fans are already craving more, especially as each season of the series delves into a new storyline centered in Helena, Montana, and involving Dewell & Hoyt’s Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt. 

As of now, ABC has not renewed Big Sky for a fourth season, and it may be months before we get any insight into the matter. 

In terms of ratings, the series kept steady with 2.4 million viewers and a 0.2 demo, which means ABC could go either way with their decision. 

The fact that they brought in the big guns like Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles for this season likely means the network believes in the series—and it’s hard to argue with the dedicated fanbase that has stuck around through every twisted and over-the-top plot.

The third season wrapped up many lingering storylines, giving fans closure to the mystery plaguing the season, however, there’s always more to explore when it comes to the dynamics between the core characters. And something tells me, there’s no shortage of criminal activity in Helena.

While Cassie and Cormac finally made things official, fans were likely hoping to see a bit more romance for Jenny and Ackles’ Beau. The show has been toying with their chemistry, sparking a “will they or won’t they” debate, but when it finally came down to solidifying their relationship, they left it open-ended. While it may have been frustrating to fans, it’s likely the show’s hope that it’s enough to convince ABC to green light another season to allow them to explore these relationships further.

When TV Insider asked Ackles if he’d return for a fourth season, he explained, “I don’t know. They haven’t even picked up the show yet for Season 4, so I don’t know if anybody’s coming back for Season 4 yet. That’s above my pay grade.”

However, he added, “But if they do decide to pick up a Season 4 — which I would hope they would, I think the show’s really great, and I think it’s got a lot of story left to tell — I don’t know. They had me for one season. They were probably like, well, let’s just bring him in for one, and we’ll see how it goes, and then we’ll go from there. So they’re waiting to hear what happened with the show, and then they’ll probably talk to [showrunner] Elwood [Reid] and try to figure out what to do with the characters, those that are returning and those that they want to return.”

Seems promising! 

Once ABC gives the word—we’ll update this post accordingly. In the meantime, don’t be shy, read our review of the Big Sky Season 3 finale right here. 

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Why Is Taylor Kinney Leaving ‘Chicago Fire’?

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Shocking news Firehouse 51—Taylor Kinney is exiting Chicago Fire.

Deadline reported the news on Friday, Jan. 20, revealing that the actor, who anchors the show as Kelly Severide, will be taking a break from the series.

Kinney has been a staple on the Dick Wolf drama since its inception in 2012 and is a huge reason why the series has retained such a dedicated viewership. 

While an official reason was not provided, and a rep for the show did not offer a comment, sources close to production told the outlet that Kinney is taking a “leave of absence” to deal with a personal matter. No word on what the situation is. 

The cast and crew were reportedly informed of the leave right before the news broke, with the writer’s room likely having to rewrite scripts to accommodate the change.

It’s unclear whether this will be a permanent leave, nor is there any info about how he will be written out for now. 

Kinney has not addressed the news himself as of writing. 

This is the latest shocking exit in the #OneChicago world as Jesse Lee Soffer, who plays Jay Halstead on Chicago PD, exited earlier this season, while Brian Tee hung up his coat earlier this season on Chicago Med after portraying Ethan Choi since 2015.

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