Only Murders in the Building
was on a familiar set yesterday on the Upper East Side. The show is currently filming Season 3. The crew was lighting the outside for the inside diner shoot. The Mansion Diner on 86th and York has served as the Hulu original series' local diner under the set dressing of the Pickle Diner. You can see previous transformations of the diner for this purpose on the real diner's website: www.mansiondiner.com
When we arrived on set, the extras were rehearsing their walking-by-the-diner struts and others were preparing to be inside as diner patrons. The extras wrangler described the scene being shot inside the Pickle Diner as Steve's character Charles will be walking into the diner, a flashback to a time he entered the diner and saw Bunny Mellon eating alone, so it was decided they would eat together.
Steve Martin arrived on set and took his place at the diner booth to begin the scene. Captured through the diner window as he arrived to the booth.
The production was also holding the location 86th Street and Amsterdam home of "The Building" as a second set for the production day.
In the afternoon, we found the crew, extras and cast members Steve Martin (Charles), Selena Gomez (Mabel), and Martin Short (Oliver) filming a scene where the three are running out of the building entrance and flagging down a taxi. Mabel is wearing a wedding dress!
You can currently stream seasons 1 and 2 on Hulu.
Steve Martin (glasses) arriving on set - UES location
Steve Martin inside the diner set - UES location
Crew getting camera ready - UES location
Light fired up and diffusers in place ready for action - UES location
"The Pickle Diner" - UES location
Extras, crew, and paparazzi awaiting the next take
Fans of the show and probably Selena Gomez in particular lined across 86th Street