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Hudson fans under the charm of McDreamy


(Left to right): Actor Patrick Dempsey, author Joël Dicker, and director Jean-Jacques Annaud are all in Hudson to take part in the filming of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, a 10-part cable network production.

Hudson is once again under the spotlights. Literally.

It’s not a secret anymore that filming is taking place in town with yellow signs, huge white tents set up beside the municipal water treatment plant, and street closures.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, a mystery novel written by young Swiss author, Joël Dicker, is currently being filmed partly in Hudson since early September.

“Filming will continue on and off in Hudson until the first week of October,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Nicolas Pedneault. “It is requiring a lot of planning and logistics, with street closure among others, and we are doing anything we can to make it as easy as possible for the production crew.”


Describing Hudson as a friendly community, Dempsey has been graciously accommodating fans with photos and selfies during a break from filming.

The 10-part TV series is featuring American actor, Patrick Dempsey (well-known for his role as “Dr. McDreamy” in the TV series Grey’s Anatomy) and is directed by world-renowned Jean-Jacques Annaud. The French director is well-known for having directed and produced big screen hits including Quest for Fire (filmed in Ontario, Alberta and British-Columbia), Seven years in Tibet, The name of the Rose and The Lover, to name a few. It is Annaud’s first American television venture.

“It is truly a wonderful experience to work in Québec and here, in Hudson,” he said during a brief pause between scenes, on Friday afternoon, September 8, at the Hudson Yacht Club. “Great casting and great crew!”

Patrick Dempsey was also in the best of moods as he graciously accepted taking part in a short photo shoot for Your Local Journal.

“It’s a very friendly community and I’m really enjoying meeting people on the streets of Hudson,” he said, walking around the set, cheerfully taking photos and selfies with anyone who asked.

He was also thrilled with the story and being able to discuss it with author Dicker, also on location during the filming.

“The storyline is absolutely intriguing, well carried-out and captivating,” he added. “And working with Jean-Jacques Annaud is a great learning experience.”

Set in a coastal New-Hampshire town, the novel features a successful writer, Marcus Goldman, in search of inspiration for his next book. He meets with his college professor, Harry Quebert (played by Dempsey) when the body of a young girl is found, 33 years after her disappearance. Quebert being accused of the murder, Marcus tries to uncover the truth. The investigation will become the subject of his novel.

The 10-part series will air on cable networks in 2018.

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