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Lafayette Officials Agree to Allow NBC to Film At Historic Courthouse

By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor

Since its construction in the mid-1800s, the Lafayette County Courthouse has been the stage for million-dollar lawsuits, death-row murder cases and white-collar crimes.

Next week, it will become the backdrop for a new NBC criminal law television show.

On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with NBC/Universal to allow filming at the Courthouse on March 11-13 inside the courthouse.

Jimmy Smits

Crews will be filming for a pilot for a possible new TV series called “Bluff City Law,” set in Memphis. The show will feature Jimmy Smits and Caitlyn McGee as a father/daughter legal team who “join forces to take on the tough cases,” according to publicists.

The county is charging NBC $1,000 to use the courthouse.

County Attorney David O’Donnell said the company will also have to provide proof of insurance coverage in case anything is damaged during the course of the filming.

Caitlin McGee Photo from IMDb

On Monday, several businesses around the Square received a letter from NBC/Universal informing them that some of the parking around the Square may be taken up by crew members during the filming.

Supervisor Kevin Frye said about 120 hotel rooms have been reserved by cast and crew members who will be staying in Oxford during the filming.

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