Georgia has no shortage of active TV/film productions at 42

Originally posted Thursday, September 5, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

As of September 5, Georgia has 42 active TV and film productions, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, which tracks the information

This is down from 46 on July 22, the last time I checked 45 days ago. It’s higher than the 37 on June 14 and 40 on July 2. 

The Georgia film office considers 40 a solid number. 

Since I don’t have active snapshot counts from 2018, I can’t say how this compares to September 5, 2017 or 2018. And while the film office keeps this active list, it doesn’t have data from past dates. 

That’s why I’ve decided to post this update on a regular basis to see if calls for a boycott has any deeper impact long term after Gov. Brian Kemp signed the “heartbeat” abortion bill in May.

There are 14 reality shows, 11 feature films and 17 scripted TV and streaming projects. 

Projects that have gone into production since my last check on July 22 include:

- The third season of Facebook’s popular “Cobra Kai”

- Three new Disney + streaming projects all under pseudonyms  -- “Tag Team” is the new series “The Falcon and Winter Soldier,”“Big Red” is actually “Loki” while “Blue Ridge” is a family film that may be named “Safety.” 

- A film about a Christian metal band “Electric Jesus”

- An indie film “Front Row Killer”

-  Horror movie “The Collected”

The two biggest budget films are “Suicide Squad” (under the AKA name “Eldorado”), a sequel of sorts of the original; and Eddie Murphy’s “Coming 2 America,” the “Coming to America” sequel. 

Two long-running shows are also in production: AMC’s “The Walking Dead” in its 10th season and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” in its 12th season.

Netflix alone has five productions going on at the same time including a game show (“Battlebox”), a reality show (“Smoked”), third season of a critically acclaimed drama (“Ozark”), a new romantic drama (“Sweet Magnolias”) and a comedy (“Teenage Bounty Hunters”).

There are four syndicated court shows going on at the same time: “Couples Court with the Cutlers,” “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court,” “Divorce Court” and the new “Personal Injury Court.”

Recent projects that have wrapped since July 22 include Gerard Butler’s disaster film “Greenland,” OWN’s “Greenleaf,” OWN’s reality show “Ready to Love,” indie film “The Time Capsule,” Tyler Perry’s BET series “Sistas” and “The Oval,” TLC’s reality show “The Plath Family,” Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell Story,” Ron Howard’s Netflix movie “Hillbilly Elegy,” IFC’s “Brockmire,” Alton Brown’s Food Network show “Good Eats: The Return,”  ABC game show “Don’t,” the film “Conjuring 3” and Oxygen’s crime shows “Deadly Cult” and “Disappearance of the Millbrook Twins.”

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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