ST. SIMONS ISLAND — The production company for “Royal Pains’’ began toiling under the noonday sun in the island’s village area Wednesday filming an episode of the USA Network series.
And when it came to sets, they did too good a job. An oceanfront coffee shop looked so realistic that visitors kept coming by in the morning asking when it would open.
The crew began in earnest at the Casino and the St. Simons Island branch of the county library that have been converted to Hamptons Heritage Hospital. The show is set in the tony Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y.
A lot of local extras donned scrubs and provided moving background for the filming of one segment.
St. Simons Island resident Nickie Grady sat outside at Brogen’s, a village restaurant, and watched the crew work. She had a part in the episode filmed in St. Marys and wasn’t sure she would be needed on St. Simons.
“I don’t know how much I can say. There was a situation,’’ she said, “and I was an injured party.”
Island residents and visitors got to see bits and pieces of the show live. The crew set up viewing areas on each side of the set out of the view of cameras.
The crew was scheduled to continue working in the village into the night. They leased the park grounds, the Casino and Neptune Park from Glynn County for the day.