New Netflix “OBX” series might be filmed in South Carolina

By on January 9, 2019

On the beach in Kill Devil Hills. (Kari Pugh)

A new series about the Outer Banks is coming to Netflix, but due to lingering effects of North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” it likely won’t be filmed anywhere near here.

“OBX,” created by Wilmington resident Jonas Pate, follows a summer of change for four teenagers in a fictional Outer Banks town after a hurricane knocks out all outside communication.

Pate told the Wilmington Star News that Netflix, which has yet to officially announce the series, has picked it up for 10 episodes with plans to start shooting this spring.

Production was set for Wilmington, but it might go to to Charleston, S.C.  because of provisions of the partially repealed HB2, which required people to use gendered bathrooms based on their biological sex.

Pate said Netflix doesn’t like a particular clause in the replacement bill, one that forbids towns and cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to skirt the bill’s requirements.

That clause expires at the end of 2020, but Pate told the Star News that if state lawmakers can push to end it sooner, the show might still be filmed in North Carolina.


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  • Mike Zorger

    Hello, I’m a film maker based in Virginia and OBX and I’ve love to get in touch with the production team. I have A LOT of B-roll footage shot in 8K, 6K and 4K resolution shot from Corolla down to Buxton. If anyone has any contact info, please email me


    Wednesday, Jan 9 @ 2:16 pm
  • Getting local

    Man that’s Bogus. Hello NC Politicians. You need to fix this!!!

    Wednesday, Jan 9 @ 2:36 pm
  • Cool with this

    Yeah I’m cool with not having a random Netflix show filmed in the OBX. If the requirement is to have little girls and boys confused because a member of the opposite sex “identifies” as their sex and can now use the bathroom next to them. Society is just becoming too weird and PC these days.

    Wednesday, Jan 9 @ 7:55 pm
  • Arthur Pewty

    This sounds like a bad “ABC After School Special”.

    Wednesday, Jan 9 @ 8:00 pm
  • Really?

    Let me bring up the obvious FACT that OBV won’t. Netflix pretends to stand on some “moral” high ground on N.C. HB2 yet have no problem collecting subscription fees from everyone in N.C. So they are okay collecting money from N.C. but “morally” they don’t want to spend money in N.C.?? All credibility is lost IMO.

    Thursday, Jan 10 @ 8:05 am
  • dave

    Making “Merica Great Again! Lol! I’m “not cool” with our state losing hundreds of millions of $$$$ because our state is donkey backwards on a lot of things.

    Hey Mr Cool, you cool with a 17th century mindset? Are you a wall builder?

    Thursday, Jan 10 @ 8:30 am
  • Really?

    Who cares? They don’t mind accepting your subscription money from NC.

    Thursday, Jan 10 @ 12:03 pm
  • dave

    @Really: I don’t send subscription money to Netflix. I actually have a life and don’t sit in front of a screen all day and allow my mind to turn to Jello.

    Friday, Jan 11 @ 8:09 am
  • hightider

    Who wants a show that will attract more people to the OBX? Hotel and motel owners I suppose. How about a show about how nice the OBX is in the off season?

    Friday, Jan 11 @ 6:44 pm