Welcome back, soldier.
"Army Wives" has resumed production, as the show filmed scenes Wednesday on the College of Charleston campus.
Based here, the Lifetime Television program used the Cistern, Addlestone Library and its courtyard as backdrops, college students as extras. Those scenes, said the show, will be aired during the first episode of the second season.
The three-month writers' strike had postponed production on the series, which aired its season finale Aug. 26. But in mid-February, the Writers Guild of America reached an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, enabling filming to begin last week. "Army Wives" also shoots on a soundstage off King Street Extension.
"It's good to be working, for sure," said assistant location manager Robert Basha.
Production trucks and trailers arrived about 4 a.m., lining Coming Street from the corners of George and Calhoun streets. Lights, cords and other equipment littered the Cistern, library and courtyard.
Downtown logistics made coordination difficult, but not impossible.
"It's just a matter of knowing the right people to talk to and getting the right permitting and just keeping everything in line," Basha said. "It's all readily available."
Camera crews also gathered on the second floor of Addlestone Library, surprising a few students.
"I saw these people in bandages walking around," said sophomore Brian McCarn, peering up from his managerial accounting textbook. "I don't know what's going on."
Studying contribution margin and the like held little sway in comparison.
"It's a little more interesting than this," said McCarn, referring to his textbook. "It's just a different experience."