Three Women / Showtime

A riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women ‘who are carnal, brave, and beautifully flawed’ (People, Book of the Week), based on nearly a decade of reporting.

So says Simon and Schuster about its best seller by Lisa Taddeo. I scouted for the series in New York’s Capital District, especially Albany and Schenectady. Some locations were easy to clear (like closed schools and tattoo parlors) but I had some trouble with churches (due to the ‘carnal’ elements in the story.) One church cancelled my scouting appointment while I was on my way, after the pastor’s husband Googled the book. And another minister replied in an email: “Even though I understand that none of the scenes shot on location would have objectionable content, the content of much of the narrative would be contrary to our core values…. Sex was God’s idea and was designed to be one of the many joy’s of the relationship between husband and wife. Adultery and multiple sex partners, not so much.” We wound up shooting at a beautiful church in Schenectady.