Residents craned their necks, cheered and watched as a film crew transformed parts of the area near South Baldwin Avenue and Sierra Madre Boulevard into the fictional backdrop for the Fox drama Touch, starring Kiefer Sutherland and David Mazouz as a father-and-son combo solving the subtle mysteries of the universe through the connection of numbers.
The on West Sierra Madre Boulevard was in the middle of being turned into a small-town newspaper, as the episode calls for Sutherland's character, a former reporter, to revisit his old workplace.
Andy Bencosme, sales manager at the office, said that this is the show's 10th episode, which means it will probably see the air in about four or five weeks. The episode is called "The Road Not Taken," and Bencosme said Fox contacted his office on Friday.
Near the corner of North Baldwin and Montecito avenues, people started clogging the sidewalks gazing at the filming crew and the fictional small-town gas station ($1 for gas) that was set up. Others hoped for a glimpse of any of the show's actors.
"Hi!!" chirped a flock of teenage girls at David Mazouz, who was being escorted across by a crew member. "He's really cute," said Becca Fraer, who mentioned that she and her friends had been watching the film crew since school let out.
They said they had been hanging out on the sidewalk for about 30 minutes. One of them, 13-year-old Anna Montez, said she has been a fan of Sutherland's since his days as federal ninja Jack Bauer on 24, another Fox TV drama.
"My parents and I, we love him. We own every season," she said, eventually catching a slight glimpse of Sutherland and yelping in approval.
Filming is set to take place all day Wednesday. If you take pictures, please share them with us.