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National TV Show Filming in State College

Hollywood is coming to town! A national TV show is filming in our region.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Hollywood is coming to town!

'Hotel Impossible' airs on the Travel Channel. It's premise is to give struggling hotels across the country a facelift. This week, crews have been busy filming in State College at the Autoport.

Owners of the hotel reached out to be on the show because they were worried they would lose Autoport without some help to revitalize it.

"It was brutal," Greg Mussi, Owner/Chef, said.

Mussi will tell you, it's been a long week.

"Every nook and cranny and every sin was revealed, revealed for a national television audience at some point," he said. "That was hard, that was really hard. The first few days were tough."

Mussi and his wife filled out an online application for the 'Hotel Impossible'.

"The way the economy has been the last few years and lower tenants coming to Penn State games, a lot of hotels in this town have really suffered as a result of that," Mussi said. "With the 71,000 other hotel rooms in State College, we were sort of last on the list."

Fast-forward about two years and their call for help is being answered.

"It's a great hotel, nice owners, but they're in a lot of trouble," 'Hotel Impossible' Host Anthony Melchiorri said. "That's why we're here."

Melchiorri is putting life back into the Autoport.

"They're really the handlers of the Autoport for the next owner, the next generation," he said. "It has been here since the 1930s and it's very important to the town."

We don't want to give away too much, but Melchiorri's crew is re-doing a room and the motel lobby. They're doing it with a lot of local help, too.

David Roeshot, of Roeshot Construction, is the contractor. He's local himself and is excited to see what these changes mean for the future of the Autoport.

"It was really simple changes, but it is fresh, new, clean," he said. "I think it will help the business. They're a landmark in the community, so I really hope it helps them out."

"I'm just excited," Mussi said. "Seeing the team and getting to know Anthony, the level of experience and knowledge he has, there's nothing to worry about."

The crews will reveal their work to the owners Friday night. The show will air sometime this fall on the Travel Channel.
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