From the Associated Press: A decade after Albuquerque’s mayor banned “Cops” from filming in New Mexico’s largest city, the reality show is returning.
But this time, it is partnering with the county. And a spokeswoman for current Mayor Richard Berry made it clear the city still wants no part in the show that follows officers making drug busts and responding to calls in mostly run-down, crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said Thursday that the show will begin filming with his department in April for its 26th season, to air this summer.
One of television’s original reality shows, “Cops” used to film Albuquerque police officers. But former Mayor Martin Chavez put an end to that partnership more than a decade ago, saying the show portrayed the city in a bad light.
A spokeswoman for current Mayor Richard Berry says the city was not approached about participating when the production returns.
“Had we been,” said Erin Thompson, “Mayor Berry has made it clear that he would have declined, as he is concentrating his efforts on opportunities to highlight Albuquerque as a center of innovation, arts and diversity which we believe will bring consistently positive attention to Albuquerque as a model place to live and do business. ”
While the show has become one of the longest-running in U.S. history, it has over the years drawn fire from critics who say it shows street crime without putting it in a broader context of contributing social conditions.
Houston said the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department is excited to be part of the show. It’s a great way to showcase the county’s high quality deputies, he said.
The Albuquerque Police Department, meantime, is struggling to repair its reputation. The department currently is under a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into allegations of excessive force and three dozen shootings by officers since 2010.
Pre Walter White, pre billboards and bus benches, Saul Goodman was a wee McGill, and hopefully the television watching world is just dying to know how he came to be the guy who knows a guy, “who knows a guy…”
The many open ended backstory possibilities for everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer are set to be showcased in the new AMC show dubbed “Better Call Saul”. All summer long Bad fans had been watching and waiting for word from show creator Vince Gillagan and AMC Television for the verdict on the prospective spin-off.
That word came last month, as Baddies were bracing to say goodbye to the series that spawned the Peter Gould created character. Recent reports from the top point to a dark toned series replete with that twisted Saul Goodman humor and wit.
Many of us New Mexicans have been on the edge of our seat, waiting and wondering when the thumbs up, or down would finally pop-out, indicating whether or not the production would take root here where Breaking Bad called home.
At this time our magic eightball says – this! As our sources in the area hear production negotiations with Bad’s NM Studio are well underway!
Of course we could be wrong, our Star Wars reports have come under fire, but then again so did our Avengers and Lone Ranger suppositions…
What we do know for sure it that things are really hopping down at the largest studios in the city. Before you know it everyone from A to N BC will be airing a New Mexico production!
The Syfy network is looking to expand its original programming lineup with a possible 8 to 10 episode run of a time travel thriller based on Terry Gilliam‘s acclaimed 1995 film, 12 Monkeys in which:
“An unknown and lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035, and is forced to live underground. A convict (James Cole) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic (who he’s told was spread by a mysterious “Army of the Twelve Monkeys”) and locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years earlier than expected, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly, a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines, the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert.”
The pilot purchased for development by Syfy has been scripted by Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas, and is set to pick-up where the original film left off.
Jon Cassar will direct production for Atlas Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions.
Filming is rumored to take place right here in New Mexico where the Syfy series Stargate Universe was shot back in 2009 and 2010.
Robert Baxter is casting “another Bank Robbery, in another Bank”, to film on Monday Oct 7, 2013 for the ABC television series Killer Women.
New faces to be Bank Customers, 18 teenage Beauty Queens, EMTs, Plain cloths Police Officers, Sheriffs, Firemen, Bank Manager, Bank Tellers, if you are available and fit one of these background roles, send a recent photo and telephone number to robertbaxtercasting@ gmail.com.
UPDATE 1/13/14: Stay tuned here for extras casting info. on this project, set to begin production in New Mexico in February.
A world at war, faceless dangers half the globe away, and threats of universal dominance by an alliance of untold magnitude, are what teams of top physicists, mathematicians, and engineers faced in defending allies from tyrannical rule in the 1940s.
As we told you here WGN America is taking that tumultuous time in real world history and scripting it into a new drama series. Now HOT off the wire this week is the news that the 13 series order will go forward with production right here in New Mexico in the upcoming winter months, as expected.
Created by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex), “Manhattan” is set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission of the same name to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The storyline follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.
Shaw will write and executive produce with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross. Emmy-winning director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) will direct and executive produce the production.
“Sam and Tommy’s (Schlamme) passion for the world of Los Alamos, the Manhattan Project, and the characters who populate it came through from the moment we all sat down to discuss the project, and we couldn’t be more excited to support them as they bring their vision to life,” WGN America president Matt Cherniss told Deadline Hollywood adding, “We feel Manhattan has all of the elements to make for a provocative and memorable series…”
Deadline Hollywood reports that WGN America has ordered a thirteen episode, scripted drama series called, Manhattan.
The show centers on the lives and lies of “brilliant but flawed scientists” during the secret 1940s military project to create the world’s first atomic bomb.
Manhattan will delve into dramatized happenings surrounding the portion of clandestine mission as it unfolded in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
The project, originally based in New York, spawned facilities in Tennessee, Washington and New Mexico – where four weapons were produced; two of which, Little Boy and Fat Man, were used against Japan in August 1945. The Manhattan Project officially ended in 1946.
The series is set to premiere in the summer of 2014. Production is slated to begin this winter in… where else, New Mexico!
Background casting for upcoming scenes in The Night Shift, a new NBC television series filming in Albuquerque.
White Turtle Casting is looking for all different looks, ethnicities, cowboys and cowgirls, interesting character faces, men with the big moustaches and beards, Texas looks, amputees, gangsters, punk – EVERYTHING. Nothing is too out there.
Title your email, “NIGHT SHIFT BACKGROUND”. Please make sure your ONE email submission contains ALL of the following:
Name, current contact number, height, weight, current picture of yourself (no blurry or artsy photos, just YOU and what you REALLY look like). Also, please include your availability, e.g., available 24/7, or only available Mon-Wed, etc.
At San Antonio Memorial, those who work the 7pm – 7am shift are a special breed. Welcome to the night shift, where every day is a fight between the heroic efforts of saving lives and the hard truths of running a hospital. After a grueling tour of duty in Afghanistan, adrenaline junkie TC Callahan became accustomed to combat, but he could have never guessed that his toughest battles would be fought right here at home. TC and his irreverent team of late night docs know how to let off steam with the casual prank or two, but when lives are at stake, they are all business.
Unfortunately, the night shift is now under new management, and boss Michael Ragosa is more interested in cutting costs than helping people. But TC has never met a rule he couldn’t break, or a person he won’t stand up to. And it’s clear that not even Jordan, TC’s ex-girlfriend and now Ragosa’s second in charge, has a chance at keeping him in line. If Ragosa wants a war… he’ll get one.
Executive producers/writers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”).
UPDATE 8/23/13: It looks like your local casting connection for this New Mexico production will be Kiira Arai Casting LLC. Keep up to date with her casting announcements here.
NEW MEXICO BOUND – From executive producer Sofia Vergara comes the ABC midseason series pick-up, Killer Women. Filling the gaps before the Fall start of longstanding ABC hits, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Nashville and Once Upon a Time, will be a bevy of new series in lieu of the outdated practice of simply airing repeats.
The ABC pilot of Killer Women was shot in Texas, the show’s backdrop, but will move regular production to Albuquerque next month.
Along with the NBC show, The Night Shift, now in production in Albuquerque, this series marks an important upturn for procedural television for the New Mexico film industry – the local economic impact and worldwide acclaim of which can no longer be denied. And with the recent wrap of the state’s most successful television series to date, AMC’s Breaking Bad, the ABC production is a welcome addition – hot on the heels of another series stand-in, as northern New Mexico has had a very successful run portraying Wyoming in two full seasons of the A&E hit series Longmire.
According to the New Mexico film office, the production will employ more than 150 New Mexico crew members and more than 250 actors and extras. The female led show centers on Molly Parker, played by Tricia Helfer (Two and a Half Men, Tron: Uprising, The Firm), the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, “a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there.” – per IMDb.
Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michael Trucco (Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Revenge), Alex Fernandez (Mistresses, Devious Maids, Dallas) and Marta Milans (Valientes, The American Experience) round out the cast.
Killer Women will begin filming in Albuquerque and surrounding areas in September.
UPDATE 7/30/13: THE NIGHT SHIFT – BACKGROUND CASTING is looking for 15 day old and older baby for a scene in the TV Series. Please submit baby photos, baby’s age, and parents contact information via email to email@example.com.
NIGHT SHIFT TV SERIES (aka After Hours Pilot) will begin filming in Albuquerque on August 21, 2013.
Email submissions for all types of extras/background talent are now being accepted.
Is your family the Mexican version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding?
Are you of Mexican descent and come from a big family? Do you laugh a lot and think your family is crazy when everyone gets together? Do some of your older family members embarrass you with the things they say?
MTV is looking for a fun, funny and boisterous family of Mexican descent. If you constantly question why cameras aren’t following you and your family, we want to hear from you.
NBC Peacock Productions needs the following roles filled ASAP. ALL roles are PAID!
[GIRLY] Late-20s woman, Asian (Malaysian). Petite build. Long black hair (preferably with bangs). Outwardly cheerful, with a pensive, brooding side. Survivor of years of emotional and physical abuse. Despite martial arts training, was murdered by her husband. NOTE: This role entails scenes of physical violence and abuse.
[DIAZIEN] Mid-30s man, Hispanic. Medium height, slender. Black hair. Dimples. Charming, master manipulator. NOTE: This role entails sexually suggestive scenes (e.g. intimate kissing, caressing, etc.). There will be NO nudity on-set, but talent should be comfortable in underwear.
UPDATE 7/2/2013: Breaking Bad creator, Vince Gillagan says Saul Goodman Spinoff Moving ‘Full Speed Ahead’ -The Wrap TV
As the world anxiously awaits the final eight episodes of the “best show on television”, Breaking Bad fans are equally curious for the verdict on what comes next for cast & crew.
Even before we learn the fate of Walter White & Co. Br Ba devotees look forward to the most likely spin-off in which the best, slimiest, lawless lawyer around, Saul Goodman will once again ease all with, “Better Call Saul”.
Best news for New Mexico is that if a deal is indeed inked for the series, the most likely place for the Saul Goodman led series to take place would be original series home, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Home to the AMC series, Albuquerque Studios (The Avengers, The Lone Ranger) is well seasoned and at the ready for the return of all things Saul.
Last fall NBC shot the gritty drama pilot “After Hours” across the interstate, as a prospect for last season’s television schedule. After not making the first cut, then being volleyed back and forth from the pick-up list to the tentative list, an off-cycle short order has been placed for at least four episodes of the show.
And as we’ve previously reported, up north some very special goings-on are going on around the return of the A&E hit series, Longmire and the highly anticipated Seth MacFarlane adaptation of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey for Fox television.
In 2011 it was announced that Fox ordered 13 episodes of a new documentary series, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, slated to air some time this year.
The original series was broadcast on PBS in 1980, the first of its kind, space exploration docu-series based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winning scientist and author Carl Sagan, became the most widely watched series in the history of American public television for ten years running.
MacFarlane told Wired Magazine in the summer of 2012, “I’m dismayed at the rejection of science that’s reemerging in America. There’s nothing out there that glamorizes science the way Cosmos did.”
The year before MacFarlance told the New York Times of his passion for the final frontier, saying, “We’re obsessed with angels and vampires and whatnot when there are many more exciting and very real and much more spectacular things to be excited about, that are right in our own planetary backyard.”
And now the home of America’s first and only commercial spaceport can announce that the ultimate throwback into the future will be based in our own backyard.
Months of top secret preparations ensure that this upcoming odyssey into the earthly explorations of the vast reaches of the universe will be sure to amaze.
New Mexico, here is your first chance to begin vying for your own part of Seth MacFarlane’s version of Carl Sagan’s, Cosomos:
From Lorrie Latham:
Local casting is looking for a 14 mo (more or less) toddler girl to work in a scene on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey She needs to be just learning to walk and still tottering between walking and not.
This is a paid position and will be a one-day shoot at the Santa Fe Studios. It pays more than standard background pay.
*Reminder* Baxter is also looking for 10 Cowgirls 30-50 yrs old and have cowgirl attire for the cattle auction scene also 10 kids – 18 yrs old that look younger male and female for Tuesday April 30.
UPDATE From Robert Baxter Casting 4/24/2013:
We are looking for clean cut, clean shaved Cowboys to be in a Cattle Auction scene with the attire of well Dressed Cattle Buyers. We are also looking for trucks with over cab campers, and several 18 to look younger teens for a scene shooting on Tuesday April 30th. If interested please send a recent picture and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Santa Fe Area
Compensation: $10.71 per hr.
Image via KRQE
New Mexico Casting Director Robert Baxter is looking for several 35 to 50 year old, Cattle Rancher types to play the Role of cattle sellers. Also Several 35 to 50 year old Business type Cowboys to play the role of cattle buyers. All cast for these parts will have to bring the proper clothing for these background scenes, such as “nice Boots, nice Cowboy Hats, nice starched pressed shirts, nice Pants Creased jeans etc., to appear as Ranchers/sellers and Wealthy cattle buyers.” Those interested who fit these specifications and have proper attire must be available and commit to working all day Thursday April 25th 2013.
Buffalo in the Room is a comedy series project featuring Native Americans.
Two non-union open casting calls for several roles in Buffalo in the Room will be held, on April 5th and April 6th, 2013. Auditions are open to anyone interested in acting. Experience is not required. Actors outside of New Mexico who cannot make it to the auditions can email (below) to submit a video audition.
Buffalo in the Room is a series sitcom with an expected run of 15 episodes, that primarily features Native Americans and the often comedic expectations and stereotypes when dealing with the entertainment industry.
Shooting will begin in mid-late April in New Mexico. The pilot is being pitched to broadcast TV networks, and will initially commence as a web series.
Executive producer Brian Vallie created and co-wrote Buffalo in the Room along with Brian Young, a Yale graduate filmmaker and actor for a predominantly Native cast and crew. Vallie worked as a talent agent for New Mexico’s biggest talent agency while in college which
prompted writing Buffalo in the Room. Vallie wanted to see more Native productions with comedy, so he wrote a lighthearted comedy sitcom based on actual characters and events.
The series will be directed by Allistair McCray who has been involved in the film industry for many years. “I’m excited to be working with Native writers and cast. I believe there are undiscovered talent out there and we want to give them a chance. Buffalo in the Room is a production that can give them that chance, both cast and crew,” said director and producer, Allistair McCray.
Most roles require Native ethnicity, but there will also be several other roles requiring nonnatives.
Do you have a TV series or film you would like to air nationally on PBS or American Public Television?
Here’s your opportunity to make a quick pitch.
Project Development Executive, Denene Crabbs is looking for TV series and films for consideration by WETA, a major producer/presenter of programming for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and American Public Television (APT) across the United States. WETA National Programming helps talented TV/web producers and filmmakers navigate the American public broadcasting landscape by providing co-production, editorial, station relations, marketing, syndication and distribution support.
Preparing Your Pitch: Content must be educational, informational and entertaining with intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Projects may be finished, partially funded/produced, or in development with a list of potential program underwriters/sponsors. Content categories most desired: “How To”, Lifestyle, Cooking, Health, Home, History, Travel, Music, Arts, Drama or Comedy TV Series (four episodes or more) or films (drama, comedy or documentary) for adults age 35-65+. Series programs may be 30 or 60 minutes while films may range from 60 to 120 minutes. Successful international TV series/films, web series and radio programs adaptable to U.S. public television will also be considered.
For consideration, please email email@example.com by April 1 no more than one page: (1) your project title/category/program length; (2) names of producer, director and key persons involved; (3) project description (one or two paragraphs); (4) estimated total budget (breakdown not required); (5) amount of funding raised to date, list of funders/potential funders, or indicate if it’s a finished project; (6) link to project trailer, rough cut or demo reel (or mail DVD), if available; and (7) your contact information including phone, email, mailing address and any websites. Thank you.
Submitters of projects selected for further consideration will be notified by May 1, 2013. The first twenty email pitches will receive the fastest response.
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