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As less broadcast pilots have been ordered overall this year, Los Angeles is the city that suffers the most with only 7 drama pilots shot over there compared to last year’s 11, though it’s still more than 2014 all-time low of dismal 5. But L.A. is compensating with 4 straight-to-series order: Marvel’s Inhumans, 10 Days In The Valley, Orville & Law & Order True Crime, while most of comedy pilots, both singlecam & multicam, are shot there too (all but one: Zach Braff’s Start Up shooting in New York) as well as many cable and streaming series. The state of California also has 2 other pilots in the running: El Jefe (that has just been pushed off-cycle by CBS) and military drama Behind Enemy Lines, while Pitch may or may not get a second season on FOX.
New York & Atlanta are rebounding from 2016 with 7 pilots each, instead of 5 and 4 respectively. Plus, the Big Apple has a deal with Disney/Marvel for Netflix series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Defenders…), which is the largest film or television production commitment in New York State! 5 of the 6 pilots ordered by The CW will be shot in Atlanta, while the city is losing The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf, which are coming to an end (The Originals may join them). It has a logic for a pilot like Dynasty, which is set there; less for Life Sentence, which is supposed to take place in… Portland! Remember Atlanta is also the home of The Walking Dead.
Canada is down overall. Vancouver is welcoming 6 pilots (4 of them are for ABC), one more than last year. Many movies and series are already shot there (especially the DC Comics shows) and as a consequence it has been hard to find crews and production facilities available for pilots. But it’s harder for Toronto, which has only 1 pilot against 5 in 2016.
Most of the other cities are getting one or two pilots, including Chicago, Austin, Dallas and Miami, while New Orleans is back in the game with the CBS Navy Seal project. Missing are Las Vegas, Boston, Salt Lake City and Wilmington, while Marvel’s Inhumans will partially shot in Hawaii.
Exotic locations are rare again this year, with no pilot shot entirely in Europe (only a few scenes for Behind Enemy Lines in Prague), but one in South Africa (The CW’s Searchers) and one (partially) in Morocco.
Of course, those which will be granted a series order in May could move to some place else. For example, How To Get Away With Murder pilot was shot in Phildalphia before moving to Los Angeles for the rest of the show.
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