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CBS drama pilot ‘Hail Mary’ to be shot in Atlanta

CBS is planning a buddy P.I. drama pilot called “Hail Mary” set to be taped next month in Atlanta, href=”http://www.deadline.com/tag/hail-mary-pilot/”>according to deadline.com.

The article says it’s a drama based in Atlanta that “focuses on a suburban single mom who teams up with a streetwise hustler to solve crimes.” No lead actors have been named yet for the pilot.

This doesn’t mean if CBS picks the show up that it will stay here though the fact it’s supposed to be set in Atlanta improves its chances. CBS draws the largest audiences of any network by a wide margin nowadays and has the fewest holes in its lineup for new shows. So it’s also a very competitive field for pilots.

The executive producer/showrunner is Ilene Chaiken, who created Showtime’s “The L Word.”

Pilots are sometimes shot in Atlanta but moved elsewhere  later. Last year, ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7″ taped its pilot here but moved (appropriately) to Detroit for the rest of its freshman season. TNT’s upcoming drama “Franklin & Bash” starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer was also shot in Atlanta but ultimately moved elsewhere. (The pilot was shot almost a year ago. No launch date has been announced though it’s supposed to start sometime this summer.)

Three major scripted dramas are currently shot in Atlanta: “The Vampire Diaries” on the CW, “Drop Dead Diva” on Lifetime, returning to Peachtree City for season three next month, and AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which is set to start production for season two in June or July. There are some rumblings that a spin-off of “The Vampire Diaries” may be shot here as well.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

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TrafficHeadache

February 15th, 2011
10:38 am

Of course with CBS being on channel 46, if the show does get picked up it will be starved for ratings here.

Atlantaphotog

February 15th, 2011
10:59 am

Gee, I guess Atlanta’s never going to be represented in a good light when it’s in the shows/movies, is it? I mean, we have the Real Housewives of Atlanta (classssyyyyy), zombies that eat your faces if you stand still, and now a street hustler and housewife (will it be NeNe??) who go out to solve crimes.

I’m almost hoping DISNEY will come here! ACK!

CJKatl

February 15th, 2011
11:46 am

What a fresh, original concept. Is it Jake and the Fatman with a woman? Or Scarecrow and Mrs. King with Huggie Bear instead of the FBI agent? I can’t wait to see this show again!

CJKatl

February 15th, 2011
11:49 am

Atlantaphotog – Designing Women represented the city well, at least for the first four seasons, even if it wasn’t filmed here. And the well done zombie show gives us a cool edge in the eyes of the rest of the country. At least those shows were relatively original, and not just the five hundred and upteenth cop show in TV.

smokemonster

February 15th, 2011
11:51 am

cop shows, lawyer shows, and doctor shows. cant you losers come up with something better.

smokemonster

February 15th, 2011
11:52 am

more scifi is needed and not the superhero kind

Kennesaw Dave

February 15th, 2011
12:12 pm

I dunno about this one Rodney, it sounds a little hokey to me. Not sure if you remember this show or not sinice I’ll be showing my age a little here, but it sounds like a modern day Scarecrow & Mrs King. I’ll check it out nonetheless but so far, the general plotline is not really hooking me.

TAPSfan

February 15th, 2011
12:45 pm

If the Georgia legislature does away with the film industry’s tax incentive, all those movie and tv opportunities will disappear.

Andre

February 15th, 2011
12:59 pm

Yeah, this idea doesn’t sound like it’ll even make it pass the focus group.

Robert Duval

February 15th, 2011
1:16 pm

I hear Lori Beth Edgeman from Dalton Georgia auditioned. She was in “Get Low” and did a fine job. Would be a great pick up for a new show wanting to catch rising stars. Where can I get a good beef stew in ATL?

james

February 15th, 2011
3:00 pm

I thought I read several months ago that the old Exhibit halls beside Lakewood Ampitheatre were purchased by a Film company and they plan to convert them into studios and sound stages. Is this still the Plan?

Are you kidding?

February 15th, 2011
3:51 pm

This got green lighted for a pilot? This whole premise sounds stupid to me.

James

February 16th, 2011
11:54 am

Lori Beth Edgeman is married to the man who ran into my family member drunk driving. http://www.wrcbtv.com/global/story.asp?S=10108158

ADL

February 16th, 2011
4:14 pm

I guess they picked Atlanta because of all the suburban single moms to choose from.