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Niagara Falls gets another closeup, this time courtesy of 'The Sinner'

The lure of Niagara Falls as a backdrop for movies and television shows continues.

A portion of an episode of the hit USA Network series “The Sinner” is being shot today at Prospect Point.

The second season of a series in which Jessica Biel is one of the executive producers finds Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) in his hometown in rural New York dealing with a case involving parents murdered by their 11-year-old son (Elisha Henig). There is no apparent motive.

The first episode of the second season premiered on Aug. 1, with new episodes airing at 10 p.m. Wednesdays on the basic cable channel.

Here’s a brief summary of this season’s plot from a network release: “As Ambrose realizes there’s nothing ordinary about the boy or where he came from, the investigation pulls him into the hidden darkness of his hometown. He’s pitted against those who’ll stop at nothing to protect its secrets – including the mysterious Vera (Carrie Coon), a complicated, enigmatic piece to this haunting puzzle.”

Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, and John Krasinski, who played Jim Halpert, during the filming of an eipisode of "The Office" in 2009 in Niagara Falls. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

According to a source, Pullman and Coon filmed scenes at the Falls Thursday morning for an episode that is believed to be the second season finale.

Tim Clark, the commissioner of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, declined to comment.

Pullman has appeared in 70 feature films, including “Independence Day” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” Coon may be best known for her roles in the films “Gone Girl” and “The Post” and the TV series “Fargo” and “The Leftovers.”

The first season of the series that starred Biel was the No. 1 new cable series of 2017 in the age 18-49 and age 25-54 demographics and also the No. 1 new drama of last summer in broadcast or cable in those demos and the age 18-34 demo.

Filmmakers and television producers have a long history with the cataracts, with such notable entries as the 1953 Marilyn Monroe film "Niagara," "Superman II" in 1980 and the Jim and Pam wedding episode from the long-running NBC hit "The Office."

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