The filming for Bravo's Atlanta Housewives has been postponed indefinitely, due to a controversial new abortion law signed into effect by Georgia's governor, MTO News has learned. And it's not clear whether the new law may end up postponing, or even cancelling the upcoming season.
MTO News learned that an edict has come down from Bravo TV's bosses at NBC Universal to halt filming in Atlanta indefinitely.
Here are some receipts, from an NBC Universal worker in Atlanta:
We're told that producers are scrambling to find ways to film outside of the state - and are considering filming the entire season OUTSIDE OF GEORGIA. The show already taped a few scenes in Houston - during the finale of Kandi's Welcome To The Dungeon show.
The Real Housewives Of Atlanta was scheduled to begin taping its first local scene today, with Cynthia Bailey at her pop up shopping Atlanta. But that filming has been cancelled, MTO News has learned.
We spoke with a Bravo producer who told us, "Production has halted. No one knows what's going on. It's a sh*t show."
Georgia’s highly restrictive abortion law was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp on May 7, but is expected to be challenged in the courts.
Georgia is one of the most Hollywood and TV friendly states to film in, after offering lucrative tax credits to production houses back in 2008.
Some of the entertainment industry's biggest hits, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe films and Hunger Games, were shot at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, which has 18 sound stages and a 400 acre backlot.
According to Market Watch, 300 new entertainment-related businesses exist in Georgia, and the state estimates that in the last year alone 455 projects were filmed there. The Motion Picture Association of America claims that Georgia's entertainment industry accounts for 92,100 jobs and almost $4.6 billion in total wages.
And NBCUniversal's Bravo show isn't the only show that's threatening to pull out of the State. Actors and directors have already begun boycotting production in the state.
Last week, director Reed Morano pulled filming for her new Amazon Studios show The Power out of Georgia, telling TIME, "There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there.”
We'll have to see how this develops. Hopefully they can overturn the law quickly . . . cause we can't miss our Housewives.