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Where was ‘American Housewife’ Filmed?

January 25, 2020
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‘American Housewife’ might sound like yet another generic, run-off-the-mill, entitled Caucasian woman tale along the lines of ‘Desperate Housewives’ or even, the ‘Real Housewives’ franchise. However, that would be a gross misconception as ‘American Housewife’ follows a woman struggling to gel with her affluent neighbors in the town of Westport.

The show revolves around Katie Otto: a relatable housewife who moves into the town of Westport and immediately feels out-of-place, thanks to her entitled and pretentious neighbors. The show chronicles Katie’s daily struggles as she raises three kids and looks after her husband. Katy Mixon essays the role of the protagonist and her performance has been met with critical acclaim.

In case, you were wondering where was ‘American Housewife’ filmed, we are here to help you out. Read on.

American Housewife Filming Locations

Like most sitcoms, ‘American Housewife’ takes place in several recurring locations. This is not just a genre convention or trope but also a product of the plot’s demand as ‘American Housewife’ focuses on the routine conflicts of its protagonist. Hence, it is only natural that multiple places like the character’s house appear repeatedly on the show.

‘American Housewife’ was originally titled ‘The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport’ and revolves around…drum roll…a housewife in Westport! Many viewers might be wondering whether Westport is an actual place. If so, is the show actually filmed in Westport? If not, where is ‘American Housewife’ filmed? Continue reading for the answers.

CBS Studio Centre, California

The ABC sitcom, ‘American Housewife’ might be set in Westport, but it is actually filmed entirely in the state of California. Firstly, it ought to be noted that Westport is, in fact, an actual place. It is a town located in Connecticut. The show’s portrayal of the town being affluent is quite authentic, albeit exaggerated.

Moving on, ‘American Housewife’ is filmed in CBS Studio Centre in Studio City, California. The production facility has been the filming location for several popular productions like ‘Brooklyn 99,’ ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Will & Grace’ and ‘Man With A Plan.’

According to reports, filming for the ABC show takes place on Stage 23 and Stage 15. The former is utilized for filming interior scenes. Permanent sets of the Otto family house and the café have been created on Stage 23 for filming. Moreover, Stage 15 is used as a dynamic space to create temporary sets as per the show’s requirements.

While Stage 23 is used to shoot scenes set inside the Otto family house, the exterior shots are filmed at CBS Studio Centre and not a real house.  At the CBS Radford lot, a constructed house frontage is used to film the exterior of the Otto family house. This allows the show’s crew to film scenes set outside the house conveniently as opposed to scheduling a shoot at a real house.

The CBS Radford lot where the house is located is designed to look like a residential street for filming purposes. The houses constructed are used as offices for multiple productions. One of the houses in the Radford lot was used to film the Teen Help Line centre where Oliver volunteers in season 4 of the show.

Interestingly, on ‘American Housewife,’ the Ottos are shown living opposite a large mansion. However, there is no mansion opposite the house used to film the Otto family home at CBS Radford. The crew portrays the mansion using CGI and a fake backdrop.

Moreover, an empty lawn next to the actual house at CBS Radford is made use of wisely by the show’s crew. The lawn serves to be the family’s backyard. However, the area is also used to film scenes set in, say, a garden with some appropriate re-dressing.

Lastly, Katie’s kids are depicted to be students at Westport Unified School. The actual place where exteriors of the school are filmed is the John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California.

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