NBC film crews will soon travel to Levittown to film footage in connection with the network’s drama series Rise.
The Bristol Township school board meeting last week approved filming to take place at Harry S. Truman High School, but no date for the shoot was provided, according to Levittown Now. The series is based on Levittown native — and Inquirer and Daily News alum — Michael Sokolove’s best-selling book Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater, which was released in 2013. The book chronicled Truman’s theater program and the work of its longtime drama teacher teacher Lou Volpe.
For the show, Volpe has transformed into Lou Mazzuchelli, played by How I Met Your Mother actor Josh Radnor.
Crews will film “documentary footage” for the series, but it is not yet clear how the footage will be used in Rise. As Levittown Now notes, the footage will likely be used in conjunction with the series premiere in the spring.
Representatives at NBC declined to comment.
In addition to Radnor, the series stars Rosie Perez, Marley Shelton, Auli’i Cravalho, and Damon J. Gillespie. According to Variety, the series is considered one of the top picks for hot TV shows for spring, with a survey from the publication finding the show is projected to earn the fourth-most commercial viewership for the season behind ABC’s American Idol on Sundays and Mondays, and NBC’s Law & Order: True Crime.