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ABC's 'Downfall' Gives Downtown a Light Show

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at 09:48AM
Downfall Filming Jeff Tovar [jefftovar.com]

The 'Downfall' conveyor belt is seen looming off the side of an industrial building near 7th and Alameda.

For nearly two weeks, one question keeps popping up in the blogdowntown mailbox: what's up with the stage on the roof of American Apparel?

The light show was described by one reader as "like a U2 concert" by one reader, and another said that his "unit in the PE lofts was briefly lit up like the surface of the sun."

The setup, which was actually located on the one structure in the three-building complex that American Apparel doesn't occupy, was an elaborate set for ABC's new game show "Downfall," set to air after "Wipeout" this summer.

On the show, contestants must answer questions before fake prizes or even a family member is sent off the terminal building rooftop via "the largest conveyor belt ever seen on TV."

Filming took place last week, June 9 through 11, but prep work started at the beginning of May. A representative from FilmL.A. says that no additional shoots for the show are scheduled.

The production company originally used a photo of the 54-story Ritz Carlton tower in its casting call flyer, but ended up with the ten-story industrial building instead.

The show's first episode airs June 22.

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