ABC’s Mistresses, rookie dramas Code Black and Rosewood and the Syfy telepic Sharknado 4 are among the 11 TV projects that received an early Christmas gift from the state of California today. With the program’s heavy emphasis on job creation in the Golden State, the relocation of Mistresses from Vancouver is a very good get in that many U.S. shows and pics are made up there due in part to the lower Canadian dollar.
Also making the list are a pair of upcoming drama series — Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and TNT’s Animal Kingdom — the CW’s freshman comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the Fogelman/Singer baseball project, MTV upcoming comedy Little Darlings, FX drama pilot Snowfall, and an untitled Fogelman NBC pilot starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia.
Mistresses was renewed for a fourth season in September. CBS’ Code Black is among the breakout hits of the 2015-2016 TV season, drawing 8.5 million total viewers for its December 2 episode. Fox’s Rosewood starring Morris Chestnut scored a full-season pickup in October. And Sharknado 4 is the latest installment in the blood-soaked social media phenom about, well, you know.
The total credits available in this round for TV projects is $42 million. In total, the state awarded credits to five “existing series” — three ongoing series and two pilots previously part of the tax credit program — along with two new series, two pilots, one miniseries and the relocating series.
Here’s how much each project received:
In a sign of how the California Film Commission is getting into the groove of the newish non-lottery program, today’s announcement comes a little more than two weeks after the latest round of applications for TV projects closed. The November 30-December 6 period saw a total of 32 applications for what is now the second batch of TV project entries since Gov. Jerry Brown signed the now-five-year, $330 million-a-year tax credit program into law in September 2014.
The initial May 11-17 application period this year had $82.8 million available for potential projects. Among the winners revealed on June 2 were HBO’s Veep, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy that relocated to the Golden State from Maryland; the cabler’s upcoming Westworld; and CBS Studios’ Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for the CW. HBO’s David Fincher project Utopia was also among those awarded credits in the spring, but those incentives went to others on the waiting list after the plug was pulled on the big-budget project in August. That May application period was also the first time TV pilots were eligible for tax credits under California’s program.
The next application period for TV projects is February 15-22.
With 11 projects getting the nod for some of the $55.2 million available, the first application period for feature films ran July 13-25 – with a digital disruption of a few hours on July 20. The next round of feature applications will be accepted January 11-24.
Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.