Public Morals — a TV pilot about police in the ’60s from executive producer Steven Spielberg — is filming today in the East Village. Star Ed Burns wrote the script and is directing the episode.
According to Deadline, Burns plays Terry Muldoon, a cop and father of four who is in a moral bind: he wants to raise law-abiding sons, but much of his daily grind involves ne’er-do-wells. Parenthood actress Lyndon Smith has been cast as Mrs. Muldoon. Additional cast members include Wass Stevens (The Wrestler, House of Cards) and Elizabeth Masucci (Shame).
On 12th Street, the 106-year-old Italian restaurant John’s will serve as an interior backdrop in at least one scene. All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church, on 11th Street near Third Ave., has been designated a holding area for the actors.
It’s the second project to shoot in the East Village in as many days. Yesterday, as you can see above, the film adaptation of Eleanor Henderson’s novel Ten Thousand Saints — which has been shooting around the neighborhood and will feature Ethan Hawke and Emile Hirsch, among others — returned to a building on East Ninth Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A.