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Favorite Atlanta-produced TV show



The cast of "House of Payne." Photo: George Lange / TBS

The cast of "House of Payne." Photo: George Lange / TBS

1) “House of Payne”

You said, “Anything by Tyler Perry. He’s really putting ATL on the map.”

2) “Good Eats” 

3) “Drop Dead Diva” 

4) “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 

5) “The Vampire Diaries”





Brooke Elliott (left) and Margaret Cho of "Drop Dead Diva." Photo: Guy D' Alema / Lifetime Television

Brooke Elliott (left) and Margaret Cho of "Drop Dead Diva." Photo: Guy D' Alema / Lifetime Television

1) “Drop Dead Diva”

We say, “A surprise hit for the Lifetime Network, this little comedy/drama has a big heart, smart writing and a breakout star in the irresistible Bro0ke Elliot, who is marvelous as the petite blond trapped in the body of a pleasantly plump lawyer.”

2) “I’ll Fly Away”

3) “Good Eats”

4) “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

5) “In the Heat of the Night”

78 comments Add your comment


September 14th, 2009
3:17 pm


There is no need for nominations, you already pick the best. Drop Dead Diva


September 14th, 2009
4:25 pm

I agree. Drop Dead Diva is surprisingly very good!


September 14th, 2009
6:28 pm

I didn’t even know DDD was produced in Atlanta! It’s my absolute favorite!


September 14th, 2009
6:31 pm

I’m a little biased because I worked on Drop Dead Diva all summer with a bit part as a lawyer — whenever there are scenes in the law firm, I’m roaming around somewhere in the background.

I’ve worked a few times on “Vampire Diaries” as well, but I’m not exactly in the show’s demographic. No comment on this show since I’d like to continue working on the series.

But I’m curious to know why the upcoming FOX series “Past Life” was excluded from this blog post? It primarily shoots in the downtown Atlanta area. I’ve worked on the show twice and received great treatment from both the cast and crew. It also looks like it will be a very interesting series to watch.


September 14th, 2009
7:24 pm


September 14th, 2009
10:31 pm

Real Housewives of Atlanta,is the show to watch.That is if you like Ghetto Fabulous.This show is the biggest joke yet.NE NE or whatever name she goes by is the best the Black community can offer they are in deep sh**.The White trailer park trash chick needs professional help from the neck up,she is neck and neck with ME ME NE NE or whatever she goes by.Maybe they should watch Housewives of New York to get a few tips.


September 14th, 2009
10:41 pm

I too have worked on most of the shows being shot here in Atlanta, and could not be more pleased to let you know there is MUCH more to come.

Atlanta has so many things to offer, and it seems everyone from “out of town” is loving being here!

Aside from television there are a great number of feature films that have shot, are shooting, and will be shot here in the upcomming months!

As a workig actor, I could not ask for a better city in which to be!


September 15th, 2009
1:10 am


September 15th, 2009
1:33 am

Night Tracks, late of TBS.


September 15th, 2009
7:49 am

Good Eats!!!!


September 15th, 2009
9:54 am

I like both Drop Dead Diva and Vampire Diaries but my vote would go to Drop Dead Diva by a landslide.


September 15th, 2009
10:17 am

I think DDD is a really fun show. Alton Brown is good too.

Mrs W

September 15th, 2009
10:45 am

Drop Dead Diva is the best.


September 15th, 2009
11:58 am


September 15th, 2009
11:58 am

Good Eats! I used to haunt that Harry’s hoping to run into a taping :)

Miss Hip hop

September 15th, 2009
12:17 pm

Drop Dead Diva is a good show. I watch it every Sunday


September 15th, 2009
12:27 pm

Drop Dead Diva


September 15th, 2009
12:31 pm

Drop Dead Diva by far!


September 15th, 2009
12:40 pm

Bill Tush doing the 3 AM news before his show “Tush”

The Laughter

September 15th, 2009
12:46 pm

Definitely Drop Dead Diva. It is lighthearted, heartfelt and fun all at the same time.


September 15th, 2009
12:48 pm

Drop Dead Diva, would not watch Real Housewives unless I was paid to

Scott Lange

September 15th, 2009
1:20 pm


September 15th, 2009
1:23 pm

Good Eats! Television for those with a brain.


September 15th, 2009
1:45 pm

Matlock, lots of reruns

Shane Harrison

September 15th, 2009
2:30 pm

Craig: Thanks for posting about your experiences on the set of those shows. As for “Past Life,” it wasn’t meant as a slight. It would have taken a long time to mention every show being produced here. That’s why I linked to the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s site, which does have a list of those shows and which has now been updated with current productions (including “Past Life”).

American Dream

September 15th, 2009
3:03 pm

Nothing beats the days when the WCW was taped in Atlanta. I used to ride to the station in a limo surrounded by hott juicy Georgia peaches. I loved working for Ted Turner.


September 15th, 2009
3:07 pm

RHOA. It has comedy, drama, suspense, embarrassment, and tragedy all in one show.


September 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

DDD, I am biased, because my wifey worked on the entire 4month filming run.


September 15th, 2009
4:11 pm

Monica’s Closeups! J/K


September 15th, 2009
4:51 pm

I have not heard of any of these shows, but I do watch CNN.


September 15th, 2009
5:38 pm

As a 55 year old native Atlantan (born at Crawford Long!) I am so proud of the partnerships we have created with the entertainment decision makers out west. They have cetainly started to again recognize both the talents and the locals here in Atlanta and Georgia. And don’t forget TP’s success and show! By the way, with a flurry of movie making activities in Atlanta and Georgia this year, has anyone heard of release dates for the five or six movies filmed here this year? Would be interested to find out.


September 15th, 2009
6:15 pm

I’m sorry but High Rise and Steve Barnes are a joke!


September 15th, 2009
6:25 pm

I didn’t know DDD was done in Atlanta. It made me feel good because it is a wonderful show. I have not missed an episode.


September 15th, 2009
7:16 pm

Drop Dead Diva


September 16th, 2009
9:26 am

I love Drop Dead Diva and Good Eats. They can do away with Housewives of Atlanta and the brooding, whiny show Vampire diaries.


September 16th, 2009
11:49 am

Drop Dead Diva is wonderful…entertaining scripts and good acting. Housewives is a bad joke.


September 16th, 2009
12:10 pm

DDD by far!!. It’s one of the best series on TV. Drop Dead Diva es lo mejor y me alegra mucho que se esté produciendo en Atlanta.


September 16th, 2009
4:55 pm

Good Eats is a very intelligent and well put toegther program.


September 16th, 2009
4:56 pm


September 16th, 2009
5:05 pm

Good Eats. Nerdy, but intriguing. Alton Brown is to food as James May is to cars.


September 16th, 2009
5:43 pm

Drop Dead Diva is a good show!! Can’t wait to see where they take Brooke and Margaret Cho is great!


September 16th, 2009
5:47 pm

They were filming something at the Capitol building this AM. The whole block was taken over by filming trucks. Anyone know what was going on?


September 17th, 2009
2:44 am

ddd is a great show, but i just have to say that i think its a *tad* presumptious to say that atlanta is becoming the “hollywood of the east.” it’ll take way more movies and television shows to be filmed here before atlanta will begin to compete with new york for that title.


September 17th, 2009
7:19 am

Designing Women!


September 17th, 2009
7:47 am

I’d have to go with Vampire Diaries – which reminds me, episode 2 is tonight!

DDD just doesn’t interest me at all, whereas it is always interesting to see exactly how filmmakers put their own spin on the vampire mythos. Plus, I find the various characters rather interesting, and it will be intriguing to see exactly how everything setup in the pilot continues to build.


September 17th, 2009
8:16 am

I’ve met the cast of Vampire Dairies and they were super nice people.


September 17th, 2009
9:01 am

Good Eats! Alton Brown is the top host on the Food Network, and provides an interesting and educating perspective on cooking. A UGA grad too!


September 17th, 2009
9:13 am

Good Eats: Awesome!
DDD: Decent, though not my favorite.
Hr: Pretty much the same…take it or leave it.
RHOA: Just a plain embarrassment of human kind! Kill…Destroy…


September 17th, 2009
9:16 am

Drop Dead Diva tops


September 17th, 2009
9:23 am

I’m confused. I thought Atlanta aspired to be the New York of the south, not the Hollywood of the east. We had to quicken our pace to be like NYC – let’s not get any more plastic than we already have become in order to be like LA.