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Russo Bros Wanted to Shoot 'Infinity War' in Cleveland

Chatting with Bob Heath,
Hot in Cleveland Producer and Akron Native

Earlier this month – after a bunch of schedule wrangling – I got the chance to chat with Bob Heath, Hot in Cleveland’s producer and resident Northeast Ohio expert.

When I asked him about growing up in Akron, he mentioned living on the west side of town. When I said I grew up the Montrose area, Bob perked up and chatted about how the only thing there when he was kid was the swim club.Not just any swim club, I thought. You mean Montrose Swim & Racquet Club, my place of employment for six burger-flipping summers. We spent the next five minutes chatting about Montrose Drive-In and the Freez.

It was a great ice breaker and the following 30 minutes breezed by. We talked about Akron’s old TV station and some of Northeast Ohio’s great personalities, like Tim Conway, who will make a guest appearance later this season on HiC.The interview was light and fun, just like the show. But when it was cut short by a call to the set, I knew I had to hold the producer to at least one tough question. An…

Ohio University Alum Piper Perabo
Leads Spy Fantasy ‘Covert Affairs’

Ohio University is quickly becoming the new mecca for television secret agents.

With the debut of Covert Affairs, USA Network’s new weekly spy thriller, 1998 OU graduate Piper Perabo succeeds Richard Dean Anderson (the immortal MacGyver and OU attendee – he never completed his degree) as TV’s coolest spy with Midwest roots.

I recently had the opportunity to sit in on a teleconference with Perabo and fellow online journalists. Dumb luck would see her called to the set when it was my turn to ask a question (seriously, my name was called, I swallowed my gum and cleared my throat, and they cut the call short). So aspiring actors and actresses will have to wait until I can score an exclusive interview to find out what she did to break out of Athens and into Hollywood.

Here’s what I did grab from others' questions:
Perabo considers Covert Affairs more “real life” than recent hit Alias, starring Jennifer Garner. Affairs follows the every day life and super secret missions of rookie CIA agen…