A while back, I told you that Connecticut was becoming filmmaking's latest hot spot. Now, I'm wondering if Pennsylvania's next. Much to Sienna Miller's likely chagrin, filmmakers and TV producers haven't exactly fled the state ever since her famously nasty comments while filming The Mysteries of Pittsburgh there last year.
Instead, the upcoming Spike TV show "The Kill Point" recently spent more than two months filming in Pittsburgh, and the state legislature is considering implementing tax breaks — like those that have helped push filmmakers to Connecticut — for productions that choose to locate in the state.
But that may not be the only reason producers have The Keystone State on the brain these days. Quite a few current and upcoming TV shows are set throughout the state — even if they're not actively filming there. Consider:
- "The Office," which is responsible for putting Scranton on the map, is sending a producer to Scranton to look for local businesses, goods and services to feature on the show, from vending machine snacks to notepads that could appear on a character's desk.
- "Back to You," a new Fox show starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton as newscasters, is set in Pittsburgh — and will be paired on the schedule with the Eastern Pennsylvania-set Brad Garrett sitcom "Til Death."
More PA goodies, so
- TNT's "Heartland" focuses on transplant surgeons at a fictional Pittsburgh hospital.
- "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" — which states its connection to the state right in its title — is set to return to TV in September.
Sheesh. I wonder which underappreciated state will be next?
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