Under the Dome

$13.8 million in NC grants awarded for new cable TV shows

(L-R): Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley, Elizabeth Mcgovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in “Downton Abbey.”
(L-R): Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley, Elizabeth Mcgovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in “Downton Abbey.” Raleigh

Two cable TV shows will be filming their first seasons in North Carolina after receiving grants through a state program.

The current state budget includes a $30 million annual allocation to lure film and TV productions to locations across North Carolina. The competitive grant program replaced a more generous tax credit program that lawmakers eliminated in 2014.

“Good Behavior,” a new series from TNT, will receive up to $6.6 million to film in the Wilmington area. The show is based on author Blake Crouch’s “Letty Dobesh” book series.

The show will star Michelle Dockery, who’s known for her role as Lady Mary on “Downton Abbey.” According to the Wilmington Star-News, the show filmed its pilot episode last fall, making it the first TV show to film in the area since “Under The Dome” wrapped up in August.

A+E Studios, Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company will get up to $7.2 million to produce an eight-episode military drama called “SIX,” also in the Wilmington area. It features a Navy SEAL team hunting terrorists in Afghanistan and will air on the History Channel.

The Department of Commerce estimates that the productions will spend $57 million in the state and bring about 2,900 jobs.

“TV series present the chance to establish long-term relationships and recurring jobs in our state,” Commerce Secretary John Skvarla said in a news release. “I look forward to watching our state’s fine talent and natural beauty when each of these productions airs on television.”

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