The first four seasons of “Veep” were shot in Maryland after that state’s film commission kicked in almost $14 million in tax credits.
This year, California upped its incentives to bring back these runaway productions. And HBO could not turn down $6.5 million in credits for the upcoming fifth season.
Will this shift to Los Angeles help “Veep” at the Emmys?
After all, “The Artist” won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2011 when it was the only one of the nine nominees to be made in Hollywood.
The Artist could have been shot on a small sound stage in Zambia, and it still would have won Best Picture.
I don’t even think it will be a consideration. Besides, most of the presumed best comedy series nominees have been made in LA since they began.
Ugh such a slam towards my home state. I’m just finishing film school and there goes one job opportunity! House of Cards stay put! (I don’t think people care where a show is filmed)
Only if it means that by moving to LA they have a greater pool of guest stars to pick from who are more likely to be availlable (being in their hometown) which could mean more emmy worthy turns from guest actors. Otherwise no.
What could help Veep next year is the fact that 2016 is an election year, even though the election storyline has (almost) ended. Imagine what it would be like if there’s a female running mate in the race. But it seems if Veep couldn’t win during its early years, it’ll never win. There’s a room for it to grow in terms of acclaims, but it will not get much bigger in terms of popularity. It’s just not in the same position as Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond, which were able to win in their later years.