WEST FARGO — Andrea Johnson, manager of Deaner's Diner, doesn't always answer unknown numbers from out of state, knowing like most that it is more than likely a robocall.
But earlier this year, Johnson did answer the phone and on the end was a Hollywood production assistant scouting locations to film scenes for the Discovery ID series "Reasonable Doubt."
Johnson said the production staff was looking for local locations to film interviews and they found Deaner's Diner. After a visit from producers, the show runners felt the West Fargo staple known for its homestyle cooking, hearty breakfasts and homemade deserts was the perfect location.
Johnson said the crew filmed scenes from about 8 p.m. late into the night. Although the episode will not feature the diner, nor is the diner related to the case, producers of the show like to film interviews at local favorites.
"We're not part of the episode at all," Johnson said. "They just used the diner. But, we're all excited and anxious to see what part of the diner we will see. All of our regulars will think that is pretty cool to see the diner in an episode."
The episode of "Reasonable Doubt" will feature a Becker County murder case from 2007 when Chad Swedberg was shot twice and killed in rural Ogema., Minn. His former friend and business partner, Kenneth Andersen, of Waubun, Minn., was convicted of first-degree murder for his death in 2008.
Currently, Andersen is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder, but, according to a promotional release from the network, his family says his conviction is a "gross miscarriage of justice."
Although it was exciting for Deaner's Diner staff and owners to have a national show filming at their location, they were sworn to secrecy until just days before the episode's air date.
"We had to sign so many forms," Johnson said with a chuckle. "It was amazing. We were expecting just a couple cameras, but no, there was a whole big setup, it was crazy."
The episode will air on Discovery ID at 9 p.m., Monday July 19.