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Posted: March 4, 2011 12:00 a.m.

Made-for-TV movie to film downtown

Covington continues to live up to its "Hollywood of the South" moniker, after a Disney movie recently filmed in Newborn and an NBC made-for-TV movie is coming to the square next week.

Disney's "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" recently filmed in Newborn, said chamber Tourism Director Clara Deemer. Filming crew members paid for around 270 nights of room rentals at Hampton Inn.

According to the International Movie Database, imdb.com, the film starring Jennifer Garner and Ron Livingston will air in 2011 and has this tagline: "A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears."

Deemer said she didn't know which scenes were filmed in Newborn.

The NBC made-for-TV movie "The Magic Eye" will be filming on Clark Street and on the square late next week, said Main Street Director Josephine Kelly.

The film will air June 11 and is about high school football in small town America, said location manager Mark Cottrell, with HCP Productions. It's part of a combined effort by NBC, Proctor Gamble and Walmart to begin producing a series of made-for-TV movies, similar to Hallmark's series.

"We were just looking for pretty, small-town America, and Covington fits that well. It certainly has one of the most attractive squares in the state," Cottrell said Thursday. "We're looking forward to filming there and have been welcomed by the local officials."

Kelly said the crew would be filming some sidewalk shots and inside one of the shops on the square.

She said during the past 25 years, Covington has had more than 25 films shoot scenes in its downtown.

"I think it's a testimony to the preservation of the historic structures of the downtown district; it's authentic," Kelly said.

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