Patrick Stewart’s ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Why Women Kill’ Win California Tax Credits

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Dominic Patten on December 15, 2018.

On Star Trek: The Next GenerationPatrick Stewart’s Capt. Jean-Luc Picard was well known for telling his first officer to “make it so.” Well, it seems that the California Film Commission has followed the Enterprise commander’s order to the lucrative letter in its latest round of small screen tax credits allocations.

First announced on August 4 that The X-Men franchise alum would be back as Picard on a new CBS All Access expansion of the Trekverse, the “New Star Trek Series” was among three new shows series to be rewarded from the $90 million available for this TV projects period. Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry’s Why Women Killalso for CBS All Access, and the very under the radar Flowers of Helvetica are the two other new shows to reap tax credits in this latest period. …

Among the dozens of projects applying in the November 5 to 9 slot, Season 3 of The Orvilletook took that top spot with almost $15.8 million in tax credits. That makes Season 3 of The Orville, which had tax incentives for its first and second seasons, one of the highest allocated shows ever in the four years that the 2.0 version of the $330 million annually California film and TV tax incentives program has trying to return and retain big and little screen projects in the home of Hollywood. …

Deadline Hollywood 12/10

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