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'Granite Flats' cast and crew attend premier for show's second season

Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 4:27 p.m. MDT

Cast and crew of BYUtv’s original series “Granite Flats” attended a premier screening to celebrate the show’s second season on Saturday night.

The screening, which was held at the BYU Broadcasting Building, welcomed family and friends of those involved in the project. A video recap of “Granite Flat’s” first season was shown, followed by the first episode of season two.

“Granite Flats” director Scott Swofford briefly addressed the group, expressing his gratitude and excitement toward the project.

“Hollywood always comes here (to Utah) because of an amazing talent base,” Swofford said, “but it’s very rare that we initiate a project here that’s intended to go somewhere else.”

BYUtv’s first original scripted series, “Granite Flats,” tells the story of a small, fictitious town in Colorado. The story is set during the Cold War, with mysteries and military events revolving around a handful of main characters and their families.

Even though households all over the country tune into “Granite Flats,” the show is filmed entirely in Utah — and while not particularly aimed at an LDS audience, “Granite Flats” is focused on providing family-friendly entertainment.

“I think the funnest part has been to take the really best writers and actors the industry has to offer, drag them all to Utah and show them what an amazing proven location and opportunity it is to work here,” Swofford said. “That’s been delightful.”

Cast members said this season would focus on developing and furthering the relationships and situations that were established during season one.

Thirteen-year-old Jonathan Morgan Heit, who plays the child detective Arthur Milligan, said to expect similar changes to his character.

“I think that with any show, the first season sets up the characters, and the second season really takes off on their storylines,” Heit said. “There’s a lot of twists that are unexpected, which is a lot of fun.”

Guest stars Christopher Lloyd and Cary Elwes have also joined the cast for the new season. “Granite Flats” will premiere Sunday, April 6, on BYUtv.

Email: kguderian@deseretnews.com

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