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The flight of drama series production out of Southern California during the past decade has been so significant that some actors now consider Los Angeles an “exotic” shooting location.

Josh Holloway, star of USA Network’s new supernatural thriller “Colony,” noted how unusual it is that the new series is produced in Los Angeles.

L.A. “has become an exotic location,” Holloway said Wednesday during the Television Critics Assn. press tour at the Beverly Hilton. “No one shoots here anymore.”

Holloway emphasized how happy he is to be able to come home at night to his wife, his 6-year-old daughter and year-old son. In “Colony” he plays a father trying to find his son and fight back after Los Angeles is occupied by a mysterious race of aliens. “To be reminded of the stakes I’m playing for every day at work is gold for an actor,” Holloway said.

Another event set for Thursday also illustrates the ongoing battle to bring production back to Los Angeles. ABC is hosting a photo-op celebration of the start of production on the second season of “Secrets and Lies.” The limited series lensed last season in Wilmington, N.C. This year the ABC Studios production qualified for the tax credit that the California Film Commission offers to series that relocate to the state after filming outside it.

“Secrets and Lies” exec producer Barbie Kligman will be on hand for the 1 p.m. event on the Paramount lot, along with California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and other legislators. Showbiz-friendly pols often fight an uphill battle in the legislature to secure incentive coin for productions, as some view tax credits as handouts to well-heeled Hollywood studios.

Thursday’s event is clearly designed to emphasize the economic impact of TV series production on middle-class wage earners.

“It is great to be employed back home after spending most of the last 10 years out of town. Seeing my family every night and sleeping in my own bed are things that I, and all of my co-workers, have missed terribly,” said “Secrets and Lies” camera operator Tommy Lohmann in a statement. “The business belongs in California for so many reasons, and it’s great to have it back.”

(Pictured: “Colony”)