TORONTO — Politicians, FBI agents and zombies — and the stars who play them — are set to descend on Canada’s west coast for TV pilot season.
Produced as TV movies, pilots are used to convince networks to order full series.
Vancouver will play host to several of them in March, bringing stars to the city and pumping millions into the local economy.
Grant Gustin (Glee) will play the titular character in The Flash, a spin-off from the Vancouver-shot series Arrow.
Also starring in the pilot, which will shoot March 1 to 29, are Tom Cavanagh (Royal Pains), Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) and Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries).
John Wesley Shipp, who played the lead role in the 1990 TV series The Flash, will reportedly make a cameo.
Sharon Stone stars in Agent X, a pilot for U.S. cable channel TNT that shoot in Vancouver from Feb. 20 to March 11.
The 55-year-old actress plays the widowed wife of a U.S. senator who becomes vice president and finds herself tasked with protecting the Constitution in times of crisis.
Stone co-stars with Jeff Hephner (Chicago Fire) as the titular secret operative.
Also in the pilot are Gerald McRaney (House of Cards), Jamey Sheridan (Smash), John Shea (Gossip Girl) and Mike Colter (The Good Wife).
Jack Davenport (Smash) and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) star in the drama Sea Of Fire, an ABC pilot that will be in production in Vancouver from March 4 to 20.
It follows the fallout from three teens who made a pornographic film.
Isabelle Cornish (Home & Away), Christina Chang (Nashville), Lilli Birdsell (The Walking Dead) and Jeffrey Nordling (Rake) are also in the cast.
Eloise Mumford (The River) and Australian actor Don Hany will be in Vancouver to star in the pilot for ABC’s medical drama Warriors.
Cameras are scheduled to roll from March 12 to 25.
Warriors follows a team of active duty military doctors and nurses. Mumford plays a surgical resident dealing with the emotional toll of the job.
Filming of iZombie, a pilot for The CW, takes place in Vancouver from March 20 to April 8.
Based on the DC Comics series by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, it focuses on a zombie medical student who takes a job as a coroner so she has easy access to brains — only to discover she inherits the memories of the dead.
No casting details have been announced.
Also without casting info is Exposed, a pilot about an investigative journalist who makes questionable alliances. It is scheduled to be filmed March 17 to 27 in Vancouver.