At yesterday’s special taping at All My Children, Los Angelenos will get a real treat. In an episode scheduled to air Feb. 17, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa play himself, while at a conference in Pine Valley (which he’s attending in an attempt to lure business to Los Angeles ) and he comes across Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci). In a feature today from the LA Times, the Mayor said of his soapy experience, “It’s all in a day’s work. This is the entertainment capital of the world. It’s my job to promote an industry so integral to our economy.”
The article also goes on to say, “The soap’s move is an attempt to save money and enhance production values, said executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers. The new facility is twice the size of the show’s New York home and includes the ability to tape the show in high-definition. “I’m hoping that it will reinvigorate not only ‘All My Children’ but investment in daytime television,” Carruthers said.
The relocation is good news for Los Angeles. According to FilmL.A., the nonprofit group that manages film permits for the city and parts of the county, on-location filming in L.A. sank 19% last year compared with 2008 — the steepest year-over-year decline since tracking began in 1993.
“At a time when we’ve lost so many jobs, every series we can bring to the city is a good thing,” Villaraigosa said. Most of the New York-based cast made the move to the new L.A. location, where production began earlier this month. But the majority of the production crew are local hires.