Record 23 TV shows filming in New York City

This nighttime view of the Midtown Manhattan skyline looking east shows the Empire State Building, center background, lit red, Madison Square Garden, foreground, right, and the New Yorker hotel, left, on March 14, 2006, in New York City. Penn Plaza is left of the ESB. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin III)

August 1, 2011 5:27:01 AM PDT
Anyone who wants a glimpse of New York City can probably just turn on their TV.

The New York Post reported Sunday that a record number of small-screen shows are filming on the streets of the Big Apple, with 23 shows planning shoots starting in August.

Katherine Oliver, commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment, says that because of high demand for certain neighborhoods like the Upper West Side the office helps shows find alternate locations that look like the sought-after spots.

Among the shows filming in New York are ABC's "Pan Am," a 1960s drama about stewardesses starring Christina Ricci, HBO's Judd Apatow comedy "Girls," and NBC's "Smash," about the creation of a Broadway musical.