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Posted: 11:56 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

What TV shows are being shot in metro Atlanta? 

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USA's "Necessary Roughness," which has shot in Atlanta since 2011, concludes its third season tonight but its future is hardly assured given its drooping ratings.
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Nina Dobrev stars in the CW's most popular show "Vampire Diaries," shot, now in its fifth season in Atlanta.

By Rodney Ho

TV productions continue to flourish in Atlanta.

In 2011, I found 25. In 2012, I came up with 33.

This year? I counted 52 in production or have aired this year.

In other words, I'm busier than ever.

Most of the programs are reality programs but there are 19 scripted productions, a record to date since the state passed sweetened tax credits in 2008. Without said credits, only Tyler Perry's programs and perhaps "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" would even be here.

This compilation below includes shows that are distributed on a network (or via syndication) that airs nationally. Netflix, Amazon and the like have not shot any shows here that have made it to series (though Amazon tested a pilot of "Zombieland" that didn't make the cut.)

On the list, I've been able to confirm only one show which has aired multiple seasons that is officially over: Discovery's "Auction Kings" after four seasons.  But several programs are on the potential chopping block, including USA's 'Necessary Roughness," BET's "Let's Stay Together" and CBS's "The American Baking Competition" to name a few.

Despite the fact TNT, TBS, TruTV and Cartoon Network are based in Atlanta, none of the networks have non-sports productions shot here in Atlanta. (Adult Swim has at least two.) Two networks have six productions in town each: Bravo and BET.

This collection does not include news (e.g. HLN/CNN) and sports programming (e.g. Fox Sports South, NBA on TNT). It also doesn’t include shows that merely shoot audition episodes here on occasion (”American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent,” “So You Think You Can Dance”) or pop in on occasion (AMC's "The Pitch" shot footage for a recent episode.) I also excluded shows outside of metro Atlanta, including AMC's "Small Town Security" in Ringgold and TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" in McIntyre.

Please email me at if you see any errors.

ABC's "Resurrection" (first season in production, mid-season debut set for March 19, 2014)

CBS's "The American Baking Competition" (first season aired over the summer, return doubtful)

The CW’s "The Vampire Diaries” (four seasons completed. Fifth season taping now with a return on Thursday, October 10 at 8 p.m.)

The CW's "The Originals," a spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries." (first season taping now, will debut Tuesday, October 15 at 8 p.m.)

Bounce TV’s “Off the Chain” (a second season recently taped at Center Stage, start date not yet announced)

VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” (second season recently completed, third season forthcoming)

VH1’s “Single Ladies” (third season in production, will return in early 2014 on air)

VH1’s “T.I. and Tiny” (fourth season on air now Mondays at 9 p.m.)

TV One’s “The Rickey Smiley Show” (second season debuted in late July, airing Fridays at 9 p.m.)

TV One’s “R&B Divas” (second season completed and aired, no word yet on a third season but I'm told they're still in talks.)

BET's "Comic View" (in production now for a return after a five-year break, no launch date announced yet)

BET’s “Reed Between the Lines” (second season production completed, no  set date for when it will air)

BET’s “The Game" (sixth season airing, seventh season assured)

BET’s “Let’s Stay Together” (third season concluded, not sure a fourth is forthcoming.)

BET’s “Being Mary Jane” (first season scheduled to air in early 2014 after successful airing of the pilot in July.)

BET’s “Sunday Best” (sixth season airing now on Sundays at 8 p.m.)

USA’s “Necessary Roughness” (third season airing, with season finale Wednesday at 10 p.m.. Fourth season up in the air and based on the ratings trends, unlikely but it's still airing so I'm leaving it on the active list)

OWN's "The Haves and the Have Nots" (first season still going. Second season guaranteed after strong season one performance)

OWN"s "Love Thy Neighbor" (first season airing. The show today received a double order so its first season will be 52 episodes, not 26. The two-episode part one of season one ends tonight with the next round starting in January 2014. The OWN press release basically says this is part of the same season.)

OWN’s “For Better or Worse” (third season scheduled to start in September 18 at 9 p.m. after two seasons on TBS)

Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” (fifth season just concluded with steady ratings. The show was cancelled, then brought back earlier this year after major concessions so it's too soon to tell if Lifetime will give it a sixth shot.)

Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” (first season running, airing on Sundays at 10 p.m., with renewal for second season already in the can.)

Lifetime's "Double Divas" (second season debuted Tuesday, Aug. 6)

Lifetime's "Catering Wars Atlanta" (four-episode test run aired last month, unclear if it will get an order for another season)

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (fourth  season in production, will begin airing in October 19 at 9 p.m.)

Syndicated “Family Feud” (fifth season with Steve Harvey just wrapped taping, with new episodes returning next month on CW 69 and 7 and 11:30 p.m. weekdays)

Syndicated "Dish Nation," which includes Rickey Smiley (second season concluded, third season in production, airs at midnight weekdays on Fox 5)

Sundance’s “Rectify” (second season in production soon for 2014 airing)

Sundance's "The Red Road" (production of first season just begun for likely 2014 airing)

Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (fifth season taping now, will begin airing in the fall)

Bravo's "Married to Medicine" (first season complete, second season starts production in first week of September)

Bravo's "The New Atlanta" (new show, production over, debut set for September 17)

Bravo's "I Dream of NeNe" (new spinoff, production over, debut set for September 17)

Bravo's 'The Kandi Factory" (first season concluded this summer, no word on renewal)

Bravo's "Don't Be Tardy" (second spinoff for Kim Zolciak. No word on a third yet but she did just say she had twins.)

FX’s “Archer” (fourth season concluded, fifth season in production for return in 2014)

FXX's "Chozen" (spinoff network for FX in June ordered this new Danny McBride animated series, which is being produced in Atlanta by the "Archer" animators with air date in the first quarter of 2014)

Adult Swim’s “Aqua TV Show Show" (tenth season just started airing earlier this month. Original name: “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”)

Adult Swim’s “Squidbillies” (eighth season airing now)

Adult Swim's "Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell" (first season aired earlier this year, no word on a second season)

TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” (season six is set to return in October, with season seven already in production)

TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids” (fourth season just concluded, awaiting a fifth season pickup)

Discovery Fit & Health "Secret Sex Lives: Swingers" (first season debuting Sept. 7 with four episodes)

HGTV’s “Elbow Room” (second season concluded, third season set to go for airing in April, 2014)

HGTV’s “Property Virgins” (second season shot in Atlanta hosted by V-103 mid-day jock Egypt Sherrod aired. Fourth season with Sherrod and third in Atlanta begins taping Friday.)

DIY’s “Mega Dens” (fifth season in production right now)


TLC's "Totally T Boz" (one season and out)

TLC's "Preacher's Wives"(one season and out)

Discovery’s “Auction Kings” (fourth season concluded, confirmed it is not coming back)

BET"s "Second Generation Wayans" (first season concluded with okay ratings but second season up in the air, probably not coming back)

Lifetime's "Pretty Wicked Moms" (first season over but ratings make a second season doubtful)

Style's "Big Rich Atlanta" (first season concluded with okay numbers, no word on a second)

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