Baltimore Sun becomes The Washington Herald -- for a TV minute anyway

With "VEEP and "Game Change" produced here, I have been writing a lot about Baltimore standing in for Washington.

But Wednesday afternoon, the TV sleight of hand hit a little too close to home when the Calvert Street entrance to the Sun said in big bold letters "The Washington Herald."

Happily, it was not real institutional change -- just a little more TV magic as the crew for the $100 million



"House of Cards"

had "dressed" the building for scenes to be shot later this week.

The series, which is a remake of a 1990




, stars

Kevin Spacey

, Robin Wright and

Kate Mara


David Fincher

, one of the executive producers, is directing the first two hours. The first 13 episodes of the series are expected to arrive in early 2013.

The producers have built a newsroom soundstage in the Sun building where for the last two months they have been filming scenes involving Mara's character, a young reporter who becomes involved with a powerful, manipulative Washington politician (Spacey).