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Which TV networks have been most supportive of Atlanta and Georgia?

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Monday, September 26, 2016

Since 2008, dozens of TV networks have taken advantage of sweetened tax credits that have brought in more than 100 different TV productions into the state.

Which ones have been most supportive? BET has been by far the most loyal to metro Atlanta, shooting a talk show ("Mo'Nique"), reality TV ('Frankie & Neffe"), reality competition ("Sunday Best"), comedies ("The Game"), dramas ("Being Mary Jane") and even a short-lived game show ("Pay It Off").

Other networks that have spent a lot of money in the state include Bravo, TLC, Lifetime and VH1, coincidentally or not all geared to women.

Here are 19 networks that have produced at least three shows in Georgia since 2008. This, I admit, may not be 100% complete. (Email me if you feel I missed anything.) I have been following TV since 2008 so I tried to include everything I've written about. I excluded movies and arbitrarily semi-excluded CNN and HLN, both of which have aired a lot of news programming in town.

Some shows listed below are in production and have not aired yet like "Little Miss Atlanta" on TLC and "Daytime Divas" on VH1.

Collectively, the 19 networks below have aired or plan to air at least 107 different TV series in Georgia since 2008.

I have only included those with three or more programs to date. AMC ("The Walking Dead," "Halt & Catch Fire") and Netflix ("Stranger Things," the upcoming "Ozark") are notable networks with two each.

BET (16)

Virtually all its scripted fare to date has been shot here.

"BET Hip Hop Awards," "Sunday Best," "The Game," "Let's Stay Together," "Being Mary Jane," "Music Moguls" "Frankie & Neffe" "Mo'Nique" "BET ComicView," "Reed Between the Lines," "Zoe Ever After" "Born to Dance' "Toya: A Family Affair" "Second Generation Wayans," "Ink, Paper, Scissors" "Pay It Off,' "The Yard"

The "Real Housewives of Atlanta' season 7 reunion crew with Andy Cohen, shot in March at the Georgian Ballroom. CREDIT: Bravo

Bravo (10)

"Married to Medicine," "Real Housewives of Atlanta," "Don't be Tardy," "The New Atlanta," "I Dream of NeNe," "The Kandi Factory," "Mother Funders," "Kandi's Ski Trip," "Kandi's Wedding," "Yours Mine or Ours"

"Drop Dead Diva" aired for six seasons on Lifetime and was shot primarily in Peachtree City. CREDIT: Lifetime

Lifetime (9)

"Drop Dead Diva," "Devious Maids," "Kim of Queen," "Little Women Atlanta," "The Rap Game," "Atlanta Plastic," "Double Divas," "Catering Wars Atlanta," "Pretty Wicked Moms"

"Single Ladies" aired three seasons on VH1 in Atlanta before moving to a new network (Centric) and city (Toronto) for one year.. CREDIT: VH1

VH1 (8)

'Single Ladies," "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta," "Daytime Divas," "Hindsight," "T.I. & Tiny," "Atlanta Exes," "Sorority Sisters," "What Chilli Wants"

TLC's "Too Close to Home" is the first scripted series for TLC and is shot at Tyler Perry Studios. Here's the cast and Tyler Perry: (L-R Alpha Trivette, Tyler Perry, Annie Thrash, Ashley Love-Mills, Danielle Savre, Kelly Sullivan, Brock O'Hurn at Trace at W Midtown. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/


TLC (9)

"Too Close to Home," "Preacher Wives," "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," "7 Little Johnstons," 'Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta," "Say Yes to the Dress Bridesmaids," "Pink Pastry," "Totally T-Boz" "Little Miss Atlanta"

The cast of TBS's "The Detour," which shot season one in Atlanta but moved to New York season two. (L-R): Jason Jones, Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich and Liam Carroll. CREDIT: TBS

TBS (7)

"The Detour," "Separation Anxiety," "ELeague," "Meet the Smiths," "Meet the Browns,"  "House of Payne," "'For Better or Worse"

Oprah Winfrey as Mavis McCready and Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae in OWN's "Greenleaf," which is set in Memphis but shot in Atlanta. CREDIT: OWN

OWN (6)

"For Better or Worse," "If Loving You Is Wrong," "The Haves and the Have Nots," "Love Thy Neighbor," "2 Fat 2 Fly," "Greenleaf"

Rickey Smiley hopes to show his personal and behind the scenes work life on "Rickey Smiley For Real,' which debuted last fall. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

TV One (5)

"Born Again Virgin," "R&B Divas Atlanta," "The Rickey Smiley Show," "Rickey Smiley For Real," "Here We Go Again"

"Sleepy Hollow" moved to Atlanta for its third season last year from North Carolina. CR: Brownie Harris/FOX

Fox (5)

"Red Band Society," "24: Legacy" "Sleepy Hollow" "Home Free," "Star"

Back in 2009, CBS walled off a portion of a Kennesaw neighborhood for this reality competition show. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

CBS (4)

"MacGyver," "Hunted,' "There Goes the Neighborhood,' "The American Baking Competition"

USA's "Chrisley Knows Best" has been a hit show for the network since 2014. (l-r) Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley -- (Photo by: Annette Brown/USA Network)

USA Network (4)

"Necessary Roughness," "Satisfaction,' "Complications,' "Chrisley Knows Best"

Aven Woods and Phillip Clay Barbosa await the big reveal of "Property Brothers" with Jonathan Scott (right) in Atlanta in 2014. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

HGTV (4)

"Property Virgins," "Flipping Virgins,' "Elbow Room," "Property Brothers"

WE-TV's hit show 'Cutting it in the ATL" is in its second season. CREDIT: WE-TV

We-TV (4)

"Cutting it in the ATL," "Selling it in the ATL," "Match Made in Heaven," "Braxton Family Values"

FX's "Atlanta" has been an instant hit for the network and has already been guaranteed a second season.CR: Guy D'Alema/FX

FX (3)

"Archer," "Atlanta," "Chozen'"

Matt Ryan plays John Constantine in an NBC drama aired for 13 episodes in 2014-15. CREDIT: NBC

NBC (3)

"Game of Silence" "Spartan," "Constantine"

"Aqua Teen" preceded the tax credit sweetening of 2008 but lasted until last year. CREDIT: Adult Swim

Adult Swim (3)

"Squidbillies," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force,'"Your Pretty Face is Going To Hell"

The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" was one of the first scripted shows to shoot in Atlanta after the tax credits kicked in and will retire in 2017 after eight seasons. -- Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW

The CW (3)

"The Originals," "Vampire Diaries" "Containment"

Sundance's award-winning series "Rectify" concludes its fourth season this fall. CREDIT: Sundance

Sundance (3)

"Rectify," "The Red Road," "Hap & Leonard"


ID (3)

"Dead Silent," "Swamp Murders," "Your Worst Nightmare"

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