Normally, when we report on a series production being shut down the first assumption is that it was CVID-related. But that doesn't seem to be the case with HBO's upcoming Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux-starring Watergate limited series The White House Plumbers. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that filming on the HBO and wiip project has been halted over "on-set incident(s) this week" that have resulted in an investigation. "HBO has received reports of alleged unprofessional behavior on the set of 'White House Plumbers'," the network said in a statement to DH. "We take very seriously our responsibility to ensure a respectful work environment on all our productions, and we are investigating the matter fully."
Sources speaking with DH allege that there was an "altercation" between series director/EP David Mandel and a member of the prop department on Wednesday, August 4, and possibly a second incident the following day that led to the props department quitting. Though no official reason was given for the production pause, a Thursday night call sheet included a note about reporting bullying with contact information (with sources also telling DH that this week's incidents "may not have been isolated." Filming is expected to be in limbo pending the cable network's investigation.
Created & written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, The White House Plumbers is based on public records as well as Egil 'Bud' Krogh and Matthew Krogh's book, Integrity. The book focuses on how Watergate masterminds, E. Howard Hunt (Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Theroux) accidentally toppled Nixon's presidency in the process of defending it. Harrelson and Theroux executive produce with Gregory, Huyck, and Mandel; Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad for The District; Frank Rich. Paul Lee, Nne Ebong, and Mark Roybal for wiip; Len Amato for Crash&Salvage, and Gregg Fienberg.
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