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NBC picks up 'Constantine,' to be shot in Atlanta, while Fox picks up 'Red Band Society'

Atlanta went two-for-two this season when it came to pilots getting picked up.

NBC has greenlit "Constantine," a D.C. Comics-based drama, for the 2014-15 season. The pilot was shot here and I'm told by a good source it will stay in Atlanta.

Matt Ryan (not the Falcons quarterback, but a Welsh actor) plays a supernatural detective who finds himself having to defend the world against dark forces. Others on the show include Harold Perrineau ("Sons of Anarchy," "Lost") Lucy Griffiths ("True Blood"), and Charles Halford ("True Detective").

Deadline.com noted that all four D.C. Comics/Warner Bros. TV pilots are going to series. "Constantine" joins "Gotham" on Fox and "The Flash" and "iZombie" on the CW.

This is the first NBC series to be shot in Atlanta since tax credits were improved in 2008. NBC produced the pilot to "Revolution" here but moved to North Carolina, then Texas for its second year.

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Fox shot the pilot to "Red Band Society" starring Octavia Spencer, in Atlanta. I hear the production company has not made a final decision to stay in Atlanta just yet.

The show is described as a comedic one-hour coming-of-age hospital show. Spencer, who won an Oscar for "The Help" (written by Atlanta's Kathryn Stockett), plays a tough-as-nails nurse overseeing a group of teenagers in the pediatric unit of a big-city hospital.

According to Deadline.com, "the adaptation of the acclaimed Spanish hospital series 'Polseres Vermelles' was written by Margaret Nagle" and said it's been a favorite for writers.

a comedic one-hour, a hospital show, and a (surrogate) family drama."

Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print/octavia-spencer-lands-the-lead-in-foxs-red-band-society-pilot#507A6YWx0jTtA4b6.99

a comedic one-hour, a hospital show, and a (surrogate) family drama."

Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print/octavia-spencer-lands-the-lead-in-foxs-red-band-society-pilot#507A6YWx0jTtA4b6.99

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