Joliet family’s home to be part of new cable drama ‘Boss’
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain and Sue Baker firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com July 6, 2011 8:02PM
Lisa Proffitt (far left) walks Wednesday, July 6, 2011, in the front yard of her Joliet home as a crew moves gear to film a scene for "Boss" in Joliet. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
STARZ in JOLIET
Starz network’s website is touting two original series: “Boss,” which is filming in Joliet, and “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” starring Joliet Township High School alumnus John Barrowman.
“Torchwood” is a British TV spinoff from the 2005 revival of the beloved sci-fi show “Doctor Who.” Barrowman stars as Jack Harkness, a time traveler that runs a British group that negates alien threats. The fourth season, which was filmed in L.A. instead of England, premieres Friday on Starz.
Updated: November 20, 2012 5:13PM
JOLIET — Ryan Proffitt was weeding in his front yard a couple of weeks ago when he saw a car driving slowly up his block.
Proffitt, a 27-year-old carpenter, approached the car.
“I didn’t know what he was up to,” Proffitt said.
The driver quickly explained he was a location scout for the Starz drama “Boss,” which is filming in the Chicago area, including Joliet, this summer.
The scout was looking for a home that would serve as a residence for a character in the show who is running for Illinois governor.
Proffitt offered to show his house at 309 Nicholson St. to the scout.
“He liked what he saw,” Proffitt said.
On Wednesday morning, a swarm of “Boss” crew members showed up at the house to switch out the furniture, drapes and photos and place new landscaping containers outside.
“I’m a union carpenter and it’s very cool to see all these union people put to work,” Proffitt said.
His wife, Lisa, 29, was equally impressed.
“It’s very exciting,” she said. “Right now there are probably 60 to 70 people out in front of the house. Everybody has been very curious as to what’s going on.”
Ryan and Lisa are hoping the publicity surrounding the photo shoot will help them sell the home, which is in the Cathedral Area and has been on the market for two years.
“All we need is for people to see it,” Ryan said. “It’s beautiful on the inside.”
The Proffitts, who have a 14-month-old daughter, Rose, would like to move south to Manhattan where Ryan would like to build his own home.
The American foursquare house on Nicholson was built in 1917. The three-bedroom, two-story home has been extensively restored and has original woodwork and hardwood floors plus new plumbing, furnace, air, siding and kitchen. It’s priced at $197,500.
The home will serve as the residence of a young politician, played by Jeff Hephner, who is running for governor.
“Boss” premiers Oct. 21 with a season of eight shows about fictional Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, played by Kelsey Grammer.
A month ago, film crews were at The Joliet Restaurant on Clinton Street across from the Joliet Public Library and at a farm along Arbeiter Road in Minooka. The Joliet and Minooka scenes are part of an episode featuring a campaign stop by the governor. Crews have filmed in other towns, including Romeoville and Aurora.
Grammer may play a Chicago mayor in the new drama series but he isn’t relying on Chicago politics to inform the role.
“Our vision of politics is Shakespearean,” Grammer explained. “We’ve borrowed the location of Chicago as a metaphor for what is basically the ‘King Lear’ story.”
Grammer and co-star Connie Nielsen briefly talked to media at a cable TV trade show Tuesday at McCormick Place.
Grammer’s character is struggling with a degenerative brain disorder that he is hiding from his family and staff. Nielsen plays his unsuspecting wife.
Grammer’s role — “a mythological character in a mythological relationship with a great city” — is light years away from his fussy psychiatrist on “Cheers” and its long-running spinoff “Frasier.” He’s says it’s “fantastic” to be flexing other acting muscles.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a home with character and film credits, contact David Roth at Coldwell-Banker at 815-744-5200.
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