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Real Drama Behind White Lotus, Stranger Things & Other Emmy Locations

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(CNN) -- What do a pub in London, a 113-year-old apartment building in New York City, a former mental hospital in Atlanta, a luxury resort in Hawaii, a sprawling office complex in New Jersey, and a mausoleum in one of the South's largest cemeteries have in common?On some of this year’s top Emmy-nominated shows, these places play roles as important as any character.

And off-screen, they all have their own dramatic stories.Here’s a glimpse at the real-life locations behind some of TV’s most popular places, and what we learned talking with some of the people who know them best. A luxury resort that found new life during a pandemic lockdownThe hit Hulu series Only Murders In The Building stars (from left) Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez.The resort in The White Lotus features numerous beachfront amenities, jaw-dropping views of Hawaii's natural beauty, and brightly colored rooms that reflect the personalities of the characters staying in them.

It’s a gorgeous destination, but the show’s protagonists quickly find trouble in paradise.What it is in real life: Four Seasons Resort Maui at WaileaThe backstory you haven’t heard: The coronavirus pandemic had virtually shut down tourism around the globe, and a state order forced the Four Seasons Resort Maui and other Hawaii hotels to close their doors temporarily.

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