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ABC picks ABQ for TV series

August 20, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 20--New Mexico scores another TV show -- this time from Texas.

ABC Studios is bringing production for its new show, "Killer Women," to Albuquerque in mid-September.

Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico Film Office, said the show will be a mid-season replacement for ABC.

He said the pilot was shot in Texas, but production will come to the Duke City.

"We've always wanted more TV shows here, and hopefully this is the start of it all," he said.

"Killer Women" is a modern-day story of a lone woman in a man's world. It follows Texas Ranger Molly Parker, played by Tricia Helfer, as she uses her crack investigative skills and intuition to nail the state's most dangerous female felons.

According to the film office, the production will employ more than 150 New Mexico crew members and more than 250 actors and extras.

Production will be based in Albuquerque, and some filming will be done in the surrounding areas.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said the city has had a banner year for filming and is thrilled to have "Killer Women" filmed here.

"Television productions are extremely important, because they keep Albuquerque film crews working for longer periods, showcase our city and become a more permanent fixture in the community," he said.

"Killer Women" is created and written by Hannah Shakespeare. Shakespeare has worked on "The Raven" and "The Whole Truth." She will also serve as an executive producer.

The show also stars Marc Blucas, Michael Trucco, Alex Fernandez and Marta Milans.

Helfer appeared in "Battle-star Galactica" with Trucco, and Blucas starred in the cult TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Fernandez was recently seen in the FX drama "The Bridge."

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