Hollywood’s love affair with the Central Coast is about to heat up.
An episode of Showtime’s “The Affair” filmed in Morro Bay in January will air Sunday.
Now in its fourth season, the Golden Globe Award-winning drama deals with the emotional fallout of an extramarital affair.
Former “Dawson’s Creek” heartthrob Joshua Jackson plays restaurateur Cole, whose waitress wife, Alison (Ruth Wilson), has a fling with struggling novelist Noah (Dominic West). “The Vampire Diaries” actress Phoebe Tonkin guest stars in season 4 as Delphine, the protegé of a sculptor (Amy Irving) with a mysterious connection to Cole’s father.
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A trailer for Sunday’s episode shows Cole sharing a steamy moment with Delphine. “I come with the room,” she says, seductively slipping a strap off her shoulder.
But not everything about the situation seems kosher. “I’m here to find out why my father came to California — not to cheat on my wife!” Cole protests in a voiceover.
In January, Jackson and Tonkin were spotted shooting a different scene — this one involving an intimate chat around a driftwood fire — on the beach just north of Morro Rock.
“The Affair” production crew also filmed exterior shots of various locations on the Embarcadero in downtown Morro Bay, according to location manager Greg Lazzaro. One scheduled shooting spot was the parking lot next to Wavelengths Surf Shop.
Jackson and Tonkin aren’t the only celebrities to film in San Luis Obispo County in recent months.
Watch “The Affair” at 9 p.m. Sunday on Showtime. For more information, visit www.sho.com/the-affair.