Joshua Petersen created the Brooklyn backdrop for the show – DIRT

“Everyone is trash. We all have our great qualities, but we also have flaws. Sometimes they are adorable. Sometimes they are not. And that’s fine. That’s what Hollywood Hyphens Phoebe Robinson says about her philosophy of life. The same sentiment is also behind the writer/producer/comedian’s new series, “Everything’s Trash,” in which she plays Phoebe Hill, a fictionalized version of herself who, as she wrote in a recent article in Elle magazine, “draws from my life as a former thirty-something cocoa-broken Khalessi trying to make it in New York.

Airing every Wednesday on Freeform (and Thursdays on Hulu), the show, which is largely adapted from Robinson’s 2018 collection of essays titled “Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay,” shows the Brooklyn podcaster trying to navigate through her shamelessly “messy” and very public life while her “blerdy” older brother, Jayden (Jordan Carlos), runs for office, a setup that, of course, provides plenty of comedic fodder.

Robinson described the various storylines to The New York Times as being “a healthy combination of writers room and real life”. Yes, Phoebe’s brother is actually in politics. Yes, she was a little messy in her early thirties, although “TV Phoebe is definitely messier than I’ve ever been.” And yes, she lived — and still lives — in Brooklyn. She says, “I’ve been here since I moved away at 17 to go to college, and I really fought for the show to be shot here. Initially, there were discussions like, ‘Maybe we could do it in LA on the sound stages…’ and I was like, ‘No, no, no. New York is in his DNA.’ I lived in Crown Heights, Kensington, Clinton Hill, all those neighborhoods. I love all of these areas. I want to show Brooklyn today, not just the parts that have been gentrified. As such, the Borough of Trees is very intricately woven into the fabric of the series.

Production designer Joshua Petersen, who was responsible for the look of Hulu’s recent comedy-drama “Life & Beth,” was tasked with bringing the Brooklyn landscape to life in an authentic way. To achieve this, several instantly recognizable local landmarks were used as the backdrop, including % Arabica New York Dumbo Roastery, Plymouth Church, Celestine restaurant, and Pebble Beach at Brooklyn Bridge Park, a scenic site overlooking the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, the East River and the beautiful New York skyline.

But thanks to Petersen’s deft hands, the sets are the show’s real stars.

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