Who wouldn’t want to live in a beachfront, multi-million dollar home on the sunny sands of California where you’re constantly surrounded by exceptionally good looking, youthful people? At first glance that’s what the home on USA’s new show Graceland appears to be, but the story of this home is much deeper and darker than the postcard worthy setting would have you believe.
Starring Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me) and Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables), Graceland is USA network’s first series about a home. I’m serious. The home is the central character in this story for without it none of the other players would exist. Based on actual events, the story line for Graceland centers on a home that was seized from a kingpin drug dealer in Southern California who happened to be a huge collector of Elvis Presley paraphernalia which earned it the nickname of “Graceland.” The home became a government agency experiment as they used it to house undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and customs for nearly a decade.
The USA drama drops the viewers into Graceland somewhere in the middle of its existence as you follow a new FBI agent, Mike Warren, as he gets placed inside these secretive walls among fellow government agents. The real life version of Graceland was actually in Manhattan Beach, CA (one of my favorite California towns) where the government took ownership of it from 1992 to 2001. The TV version however is actually filmed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with some scenes from the pilot filmed in the original spot of Manhattan Beach.
The living room on USA’s show, Graceland.
But what makes this home so interesting, besides the fact that the home is gorgeously situated and decorated, is the stuff that goes on inside the walls. Every resident is living a double life. Secrets …read more