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NBC’s ‘Good Girls’ moves production from Atlanta to L.A.

The California tax credits are a nice bonus

NBC’s “Good Girls,” which shot its first season at Third Rail Studios in Doraville, will be moving to Los Angeles for its second season.

The show will receive special tax credits provided by California. 

According to Variety magazine, the drama starring Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman and Rhetta will receive $9.3 million in credit. 

Georgia does not not release how much Minnesota Logging Company and Universal Television, the production companies, received for shooting in this state, which provides up to 30 percent of qualified costs in tax credits. 

Hendricks’ contract had a clause that said if the show received a second season, it would have to move back to California, whether there were tax incentives or not. Actors who live in L.A. naturally prefer to work where they reside and Hendricks - who broke big from “Mad Men” - had enough sway to ensure this would happen. 

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The current California incentive program - which is triple the size of its previous one - has enticed 15 shows back to the state since it began four years ago.

This is the first time California has nabbed a show back from Georgia since this revamped program was set up.

Previously, under a lottery system, MTV’s “Teen Wolf” moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles in 2012

The California Film Commission, under this current system, picks TV and film projects to qualify in part based on the number of jobs created and days of production.

“Good Girls,” which is fictionally set in Michigan, expects to shoot 103 shoot days in California next season, Variety said. 

The show - about three regular women in desperate financial situations get thrust into a criminal enterprise - averaged a respectable 6.1 million viewers in Nielsen ratings (with a week’s worth of DVR usage thrown ) and a 1.5 rating among 18 to 49 year olds. Its renewal was boosted by a lucrative deal to be distributed on Netflix outside of North America, according to Deadline.com.

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

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