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What TV shows are being shot in metro Atlanta

Callie Thorne stars in USA's 'Necessary Roughness," one of at least 30 TV programs shot in metro Atlanta. CREDIT: USA

Callie Thorne stars in USA's 'Necessary Roughness,\

Last summer, I posted a list of TV programs that are in production in metro Atlanta. I decided it was a good time to revisit. Good news: the list has only gotten longer since then with more new productions superseding a couple of shows that are not coming back.

None of the “big four” broadcast networks are represented but at least 17 other networks are. There’s no shortage of variety. You can see a competition reality show (”Sunday Best”), a syndicated game show (”Family Feud”), sci-fi-ish dramas (”The Walking Dead,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Teen Wolf”), relationship dramas (”Drop Dead Diva,” “Single Ladies”), fix-it-up shows (”Mega Dens,” “Elbow Room”), stand-up comedy (”Uptown Comic”), an antique show (”Auction Kings”), two bridal shows (”Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids”), animated programs (”Archer,” “Squidbillies,” “Aqua Teen”) and several sitcoms chasing a black audience (”House of Payne,” “Reed Between the Lines,” “The Rickey Smiley Show”).

If you see anything missing, please email me at rho@ajc.com.

This list includes shows that are distributed on a network (or via syndication) that airs nationally. It does not include news (e.g. HLN/CNN) and sports programming (e.g. Fox Sports South, NBA on TNT). It also doesn’t include shows that merely shoot audition episodes here on occasion (”American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent,” “So You Think You Can Dance”) or pop in on occasion (History’s “Top Gear” was shooting this past Thursday in Peachtree City and Senoia).

The tax credits have been a serious boon for business. This list would be significantly shorter if they didn’t exist.

Here’s what we have so far:

The CW’s ‘Vampire Diaries” (three seasons completed. Fourth season taping will start later this summer and begin airing in September)

Bounce TV’s “Uptown Comic” (ten episodes completed, airing now Mondays at 9:30 p.m.)

MTV’s “Teen Wolf” (second season airing now Mondays at 10 p.m.)

VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” (first season airing now on Mondays at 8 p.m.)

VH1’s “Single Ladies” (second season airing now on Mondays at 9 p.m.)

VH1’s “T.I. and Tiny” (second season taping now)

TV One’s “The Rickey Smiley Show” (first ten episodes finishing up now, will debut in October)

TV One’s “The Ladies of R&B” (first season taping just concluded, set to air later this summer)

TV One’s “My Momma Throws Down” (first season just concluded, an already pre-taped second season will air early next year)

BET’s “Reed Between the Lines” (second season will start taping soon)

BET’s “The Game (fifth season just concluded, sixth season renewal)

BET’s “Let’s Stay Together” (second season just concluded, third season renewal)

BET’s “Being Mary Jane” (first season scheduled to air later this year)

BET’s “Sunday Best” (fifth season being taped now, will return in July)

USA’s “Necessary Roughness” (second season airing and still in production, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m.)

TBS’s “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (taping already concluded, final seventh season episodes concluding this summer, airs Fridays at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.)

TBS’s “For Better or Worse” (second season scheduled to start in July)

Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” (fourth season production almost over, season airing through the summer on Sundays at 9 p.m.)

Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” (this Marc Cherry drama reportedly coming to Atlanta this fall for airing in 2013)

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (third season in production, will begin airing in the fall)

Syndicated “Family Feud” (fourth season with Steve Harvey taping now)

Sundance’s “Rectify” (new series taping now)

Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (fifth season taping now, will begin airing in the fall)

FX’s “Archer” (third season concluded, fourth season in production)

Adult Swim’s “Aqua Teen You Know Whatever” (ninth season just started airing. Original name: “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”)

Adult Swim’s “Squidbillies” (seventh season returns next month)

TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” (fourth season forthcoming, in production now)

TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids” (third season forthcoming, in production now)

TLC’s “Preacher Wives” (new series forthcoming, launch date not set)

Discovery’s “Auction Kings” (second season airing Thursdays at 9 p.m.)

HGTV’s “Elbow Room” (first season currently airing Saturdays at 1 p.m.)

HGTV’s “Mega Dens” (second season airing Sundays at 8 p.m.)

HGTV’s “Property Virgins” (second season with V-103 mid-day jock Egypt Sherrod as host taping now)

SHOWS THAT HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR IN LIMBO

OWN-TV’s “Pink Pastry” (a test run last year of six episodes didn’t lead to renewal)

BET’s “Born to Dance” (no word from BET of a renewal after one season, which is not a good sign)

BET’s “Toya: A Family Affair” (no word from BET of a renewal after one season)

TBS’s “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” (ended last November after 140 episodes)

Food Network’s “Good Eats” (retired, with its final episode airing this past February after 13 years)

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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Daryl-Atlanta

June 29th, 2012
10:14 am

Don’t forget CBS Worldwide Distribution’s (syndicated) “Swift Justice with Nancy Grace” has left town (and Ms. Grace) as well as BET’s “Mo’Nique” is no longer on the air.

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2012
10:16 am

@Daryl. I didn’t mention those two because they disappeared a year ago since I wrote my last update.

Bob from Accounttemps

June 29th, 2012
11:08 am

Tax incentives draw the business here, but has anyone done a cost-benefit analysis to see if it was money well spent? It may be “cool” to think we’re Hollywood Southeast, but if we’re losing money in the process, what good is it? This is not permanent business, like KIA, but transitory — ready to move to the next spot when the bennies there are better. It appears only Tyler Perry has committed to Atlanta.

Dowman Drive

June 29th, 2012
11:12 am

Don’t forget about Family Feud (syndicated, filmed at the Civic Center)…not sure if they are moving to Chicago this season.

max

June 29th, 2012
11:24 am

its african american its like 2012

Matt

June 29th, 2012
11:29 am

AMC’s “Small Town Security” is filmed in Georgia as well.

ACC

June 29th, 2012
11:36 am

Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin (ABC) shoots frequently from the Georgia Aquarium.

Mid Town Joe

June 29th, 2012
11:45 am

Family Feud is a joke. They bring in more families than they need to tape for 5 shows. They keep you there all day, sequestered, and make you feel that you’ll be on soon. Most of the people in the audience are families waiting their turn to get on, but never will. Most of the time nobody wins, and they split the winnings 5 ways. They don’t have to pay any winnings until 3 months after the air date, which is generally 4-5 months after they record the shoot. Never again.

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2012
11:46 am

@Matt AMC’s “Small Town Security” is set in Ringgold, which is not quite in our coverage area as defined loosely as “metro Atlanta.” That’s closer to “metro Chattanooga,” if there was such a thing.

SMH

June 29th, 2012
11:46 am

I was at a taping of Family Feud and Steve Harvey said that Family Feud will still be taped here in Atlanta where he will still continue to have a residence and live here part time.

Lee

June 29th, 2012
11:46 am

What happen to Mo’Nique show? Will it come back? There’s a need for her show.

Tim

June 29th, 2012
11:46 am

I know the article is about Metro Atlanta but lets not forget about the movies being shot in Savannah, past and present. These are big budget Hollywood movies that are worth mentioning, i.e. Forrest Gump, Glory, etc.

Also, lets not forget they are countless independent movies that are shot all over Georgia that many people will never see because they are not distributed through a major studio.

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2012
11:47 am

@Dowman Drive. I did mention Family Feud. And no, they are not moving that show to Chicago. Only Steve Harvey’s syndicated show is shooting there. “Family Feud” is committed for now to Atlanta.

yo mama

June 29th, 2012
11:47 am

where do they shoot necessary roughness?

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2012
11:49 am

@yo mama “Necessary Roughness” is shot partly on location (practice fields at Clark Atlanta, some scenes at the Georgia Dome) but the studios (e.g. T.K.’s apartment, Dani’s home, the Hawks offices) are at EUE Screen Gems near Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta.

Brandon

June 29th, 2012
11:49 am

Teen Wolf isn’t returning to film in Atlanta. They will be out in L.A next season.

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2012
11:50 am

@Lee “Mo’Nique” was cancelled a year ago. Neither BET nor Mo’Nique ever said why. The ratings were good. My guess it had to come down to money.

Blackberry Cobbler Gobbler

June 29th, 2012
11:51 am

Is “TV Shows” a new Urban Dictonary term for law-abiding citizens walking through the wrong neighborhoods?

If so, a “TV Show” friend of mine was shot in Downtown Atlanta while trying to make his way home from from a Braves game.

Dowman Drive

June 29th, 2012
11:58 am

Sorry Rodney, I was focused on your list, no the text at the top… not surprisingly, you caught every show correctly (like you normally do)!

As to Bob’s comment, whether the incentives make the city money, I think the bigger benefit is exposure to metro Atlanta. From a tourist perspective, some of these shows encourage people to visit Atlanta. Plus, budding TV and film students from GA State, Emory, AUC, etc. can gain experience with these companies, allowing them to pursue their acting, directing, writing credits here rather than in NYC or Hollywood. Better to keep our talent local.

Kal

June 29th, 2012
12:01 pm

My favorite show is the reality show with the ho’s and the big blond haired transgender dude. What is the name of that show?

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2012
12:04 pm

@Brandon I haven’t heard a firm confirmation that the studio that makes Teen Wolf is going to use the incentives it got from California in a lottery to move back there. They probably will but not necessarily. We’ll know soon enough.

Sounds Good

June 29th, 2012
12:05 pm

I guess that is good news, from Hip Hop to Hollywood. I can live with that. Blackberry Cobbler Gobbler, that could happen ANYWHERE. Sorry to hear about your friend & I’m sick of the violence too. Some people seem to think because they live in a small town, a gated community or where they pay to much for houses there won’t be any crime, but the devil does not have borders people. Hope your friend is ok. Did I mention I have a relative that was shot & stabbed on two seperate occasions when he first moved here from the U.S. Islands.

yo mama

June 29th, 2012
12:07 pm

@Bob, so how do you think you can do a cost analysis? the city gets some money, for permits, etc, but after that its a state opportunity as the production companies are tempted by the incentives. meaning it is a while before you can see numbers. productions impact cities everywhere, they spend money on rental cars, vans, transportation companies, they pay state tax on anything purchased, they rent locally from camera or tech shops, they put people locally to work, caterers, etc. of course they bring money to town. they all do, so how are you gonna track that bob?

if they didnt come to town, then there would be less impact all over. its a good thing. trust me.

Tiptoe89

June 29th, 2012
12:09 pm

Rodney,

Good information. You might want to do a story on films shot in Atlanta.

And you may not want to do it but pass this on to the state reporters that an article on TV shows and films shot in Georgia would be interesting as well.

Here in Macon we just had 2 major films shot here, “42″ about Jackie Robinson breaking into the majors (starring Harrison Ford) and “Trouble with the Curve” about minor league baseball starring Clint Eastwood, I believe that 42 is still shooting scenes in Atlanta.

MeMe

June 29th, 2012
12:11 pm

Rodney, I think you do a great job with posting information. Atlanta I think is “Black Hollywood” with all the rappers, models, songbirds and strippers (male & female) I believe this is what drives people to relocate here. Great State, Great Homes but the worse traffic EVER!! :-) Atlanta use to be known as the Bible Belt but I think it’s popular for “The Wealthy Making it Rain!” Toodles…

Vashtai

June 29th, 2012
12:18 pm

My partner’s sister and BIL both work on local movie projects. They’ve both been making pretty good money for the last few years.

Rival

June 29th, 2012
12:21 pm

“Rectify” is primarily shooting in Griffin and surrounding communities.

G

June 29th, 2012
12:23 pm

I watch the show just to see Callie Thorne.

Chris Wifey

June 29th, 2012
12:29 pm

Hi Rodney! Thank you for the information. Do you know where Family Feud is filmed? I love that show and would like to go to a taping…

Joanna

June 29th, 2012
12:30 pm

Good! The state film and TV tax credit continues to boost our economy. And to think there were politicians considering suspending it.

Lar

June 29th, 2012
12:36 pm

I spent ALL DAY at the Family Feud taping yesteday

Fred

June 29th, 2012
12:38 pm

What about an update on The Boondocks?

Kris Humphries- Kardashian

June 29th, 2012
12:50 pm

oh, this is to make GA feel good because for the artists, this means bs. how many writers, actors, producers, directors are put to work because of any of these shows. My experience has been by the time these productions come to atlanta, all they’re looking for extras. Every once in a while there may be a lead role cast, but not always.

JTesla

June 29th, 2012
12:54 pm

Callie Thorne seems to have a great personality.

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2012
12:59 pm

@Fred “The Boondocks” are not produced in Atlanta but Atlanta-based Adult Swim is bringing it back. Not sure when though.

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2012
1:00 pm

“Family Feud” is shot at a space next to the Atlanta Civic Center. I think it’s where the old SciTrek museum used to be.

Tiptoe89

June 29th, 2012
1:01 pm

@Kris-What you say may be true, but that still does not lessen the impact on the entire community. In Macon, it is estimated that the movie “42″ added between $1.2 million and $2 million to the local economy.

And true, very few local people were used in the movie – either as actors or in production. But many extras and some of them actually got speaking parts that may lead to other things.

Are you suggesting that the state of Georgia stop giving incentives to the movie and TV industries?

Kris Humphries- Kardashian

June 29th, 2012
1:08 pm

@tiptoe89 No, not at all, as long as the artists are getting their share of opportunities.

BIGCITYLIGHTS

June 29th, 2012
1:31 pm

How would one get tickets for an airing of Family Feud?

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2012
1:43 pm

“Family Feud” taping availability is here: http://on-camera-audiences.com/shows/Family_Feud

Section 121

June 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

“and several sitcoms chasing a black audience (”House of Payne,” “Reed Between the Lines,” “The Rickey Smiley Show”).”

Why does the “chasing a black audience” need to be said?

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2012
1:48 pm

@Section 121 Because there are no sitcoms being shot in Atlanta right now that aren’t seeking an African-American audience.

Chris Wifey

June 29th, 2012
1:49 pm

Thank you Rodney!

Only in America...

June 29th, 2012
2:09 pm

Thank you Rodney. This was interesting. I’m hoping our Hollywood of the South doesn’t turn into “Hollyweird” of the South…if it hasn’t already. Some of these shows are reeeally out there…

Lar

June 29th, 2012
2:14 pm

If you go to the first taping of the day, say 10:30, you can stay for 2 shows, the 4pm taping is often for 2 shows. All other are usually for 1 show. This is not a guarantee, this is from somebody whose family has been there twice trying to get on the show.

Lar

June 29th, 2012
2:15 pm

I was referring to the Family Feud, sorry forgot to add that.

FM Fats

June 29th, 2012
2:20 pm

Stuff You Should Know shot the pilot for Discovery here in Atlanta and the series will be shot here.

Jessamine

June 29th, 2012
2:36 pm

My favorite show filmed in Atlanta is Bait Car. :) Yes, I know not every episode is about Atlanta, but it seems like it is when they have Bait Car marathons. I love to watch the thieves get caught in the driver’s seat and then asking the arresting officers “what did I do???”

Bob from Accounttemps

June 29th, 2012
3:11 pm

@Yo Momma — you do an impact study. They certainly did one when they chose to offer the incentives. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing – look what KIA has done for West Point and surrounding areas. But seeing production crews, all from out of state, I’m not sure what benefit they bring other than taxes on hotels, meals and incidentals. Politicians and posters here all think it’s “cool” to have the industry here — I was just asking whether the incentive dollars were well spent. I’m from Accounttemps after all.

Sarah J.

June 29th, 2012
4:48 pm

Thanks Rodney for telling me where Necessary Roughness is filmed at.
I’m an autograph collector & I’ve always wanted the cast’s autographs, ever since I started to watching the show. It’s quickly being one of my favorite summer shows! :)
Thanks again!