Reality TV fuels L.A. production surge

'Preachers Wives,' 'Made' led television shoots last week

Hollywood’s offlot production saw a late-summer surge last week thanks to reality TV lensing.

TV shoots totaled 424 days, up 45 days from the same week in 2011. “Preachers Wives” was by far the most active TV shoot with 63 days, according to figures released Tuesday by the FilmL.A. permitting agency, followed by 14 days for the reality show “Made.”

“Wives” — one of the most active productions this year — used nine different locations during the week. Other TV shows shooting include “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “90210,” “Joan & Melissa” and “Zach Stone Is Going to Be Famous.”

Feature activity was moderate at 168 days, led by indie projects “Hero” and sci-fier “Uncanny” with 19 and 14 days, respectively. Other films shooting locally included “Assassins” and “Dark Skies.”

Report comes with legislation due to be voted on the State Assembly floor later this week to extend California’s three-year-old production incentive program for two years. FilmL.A. execs have urged the state to support the program amid extensive competition for productions from other states and countries.

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