Yet another update from the Press Tour thanks to Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Information about the super awesome set! Looks like CBS is going big budget, from the picture above and some others I have seen this hospital looks incredible.
Just how big is the “Three Rivers”hospital set? So big they cut holes in the wall between Paramount stages 19 and 20 so production designer Philip Toolin could create long, winding, river-like corridors for the doctors to stride down during those all-important hospital show walk-and-talk shots.
The interior of Three Rivers Regional Medical Center is a far cry from the old-school Brownsville hospital where the show’s pilot was filmed earlier this year. And it doesn’t have the white gleam of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which was also used as a hospital stand-in for some scenes.
Instead, the new hospital has deep colors: A maroon floor, warm green and yellow walls and huge TV monitors everywhere, including one featuring a map of Pittsburgh that resembles a weather radar. Hospital rooms are designed to resemble a luxury hotel in an effort to calm patients’ nerves.
Because the new interior doesn’t match the pilot — and because of several roles being re-cast (Julia Ormond is out as Dr. Sophia Jordan; “St. Elsewhere” veteran Alfre Woodard is in) — the pilot that was shot in Pittsburgh will not air as the first episode of the series. A new premiere episode is in production now. Some scenes and stories from the Pittsburgh pilot will air as a later episode, according to series creator/executive producer Carol Barbee.