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MPTV’s “Around the Corner with John McGivern” brings its cameras to Plymouth


Comedian John McGivern and a film crew from Milwaukee Public Television were filming in Plymouth this week for an episode of “Around the Corner with John McGivern.” Stops Wednesday included Allechant Boutique, Schwaller’s Meats and the Exchange Bank Coffeehouse. 
Review story andphotos byEmmitt B. Feldner Comedian John McGivern and a film crew from Milwaukee Public Television were filming in Plymouth this week for an episode of “Around the Corner with John McGivern.” Stops Wednesday included Allechant Boutique, Schwaller’s Meats and the Exchange Bank Coffeehouse. Review story andphotos byEmmitt B. Feldner PLYMOUTH – Ever the consummate professional, comedian John McGivern practiced pronouncing the name of Jackie Pottratz’s store for several minutes before the camera started rolling Tuesday morning.

Alas, the scene for his Milwaukee Public Television show “Around the Corner with John McGivern” required a second take when the host pronounced it “Ah-lay-shot” instead of the proper “Ah-lay-sha.”

At least he remembered how to pronounce his own name properly – as well as Pottratz’s.

The Hub City is the topic for the opening episode of season three of the MPTV series, scheduled for airing next January, and McGivern and his crew were in the city this week filming the segments that will be edited down to the final half-hour program.

Tuesday took them from the world of cheese at the Sargento Persnickety Place campus to vintage lingerie at Allechant to a meat store in an alley (Schwaller’s) to a coffeehouse in a former bank building (Exchange Bank Coffeehouse) thto the mid-19 century (Old Wade House).

It’s all part of the eclectic and offbeat mixture that has made Mc- Givern’s look at small-town Wisconsin one of Milwaukee public television’s favorite – and best-rated – programs.

“We want to show if you went someplace, what would you find, who lives there, who works there, what would you see there,” McGivern said in explaining the idea behind his show.

Co-creator Producer/Director Lois Maurer elaborated.

“We try to find stuff that locals go to and that other people would look at when they go there. As members of the community, people should be able to say after they’ve watched the show, I’ve lived here 30 years and I never knew that,” she explained.

The show highlights 13 different Wisconsin communities each season – including Sheboygan Falls in season two. After McGivern, Maurer and Milwaukee historian John Gurda – who also stars in the show – pick the lucky 13, content producer Diedre Martin visits each one to come up with local places to feature.

“She brings us a list of 30 or more places that we whittle down to 18 that fit one of three categories – work, live and play,” Maurer explained.

McGivern, Maurer and film crew then spend four to five days in the community filming interviews and segments to eventually be edited down to a half-hour program.

In addition to the places listed above, the Around the Corner hit Drewry Farms, Seranya Art Boutique, 52 Stafford, Plymouth Foam, the Camo Quilt project, Road America, the Wreath Factory, More Frosting Please, the Gilbert Huson House and the Plymouth High School science and technology wing for segments, along with a look – of course – at Plymouth’s Walldog murals with native Walldogger Debbie Karr.

Before the show premieres on WMVS-TV in January, the cast and crew will host a preview show at a site to be determined in Plymouth for the stars of the show and the community.

There, viewers will get a sneak peak at the McGivern-eyed view of the World’s Cheese Capitol.

Although McGivern donned a wig from Salon 511 for his look at Sheboygan Falls, he warned Allechant’s Pottratz before taping her segment that he wasn’t going to wear one of her dresses on the Plymouth show.

But then again, McGivern didn’t need the dress to make Plymouth charming or entertaining.

“Plymouth is really charming and that’s going to come across real well on camera,” he said.


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