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'Star Trek' Franchise Returns to California With New CBS All Access Series
California's revamped tax credits program is adding three new television series.
CBS All Access' new Star Trek series starring Patrick Stewart and its Marc Cherry dramedy Why Women Kill, along with a not-yet-announced series titled Flowers of Helvetica, will all film in the Golden State. The latest round of TV tax credits includes six recurring series already in the program that were picked up for another season of in-state production (American Horror Story, Good Trouble, Mayans MC, The Orville, Strange Angel and The Rookie).
A total of $90 million in tax credits is reserved for the nine projects, which are on track to spend nearly $456 million in qualified expenditures, which are wages paid to below-the-line workers and payments to in-state vendors. Together, they will employ an estimated 1,820 castmembers, 2,140 crew and 25,000 extras and stand-ins over a combined 916 shoot days.
The California-set production of CBS Studios' new Star Trek series — which will see Stewart reprise his Next Generation role as Jean-Luc Picard more than two decades after the syndicated favorite wrapped its run — marks a bit of homecoming for the TV franchise, as Discovery films in Toronto. From the creator of Desperate Housewives, Why Women Kill is a darkly comedic drama focused on the lives of three women living in three different decades. Details of Flowers of Helvetica, from Cooler Waters Productions, are unknown at this time.
“Our TV tax credits are in high demand, so we’re pleased to have ample credits available now to bring these three large-scale series to California,” said the California Film Commission's executive director Amy Lemisch. “So many producers tell us that California is their first choice because no other locale can match what we have to offer, including the ability to leave the set and go home each night.”