Hiring underway for new TV show filming in Baton Rouge

    Paramount Television executives remain tight-lipped about the details of the 10-episode TV show they plan to begin shooting at Celtic Studios and other locations in Baton Rouge later this summer.

    But industry sources say the activity is gearing up locally, hiring is underway and the name of the planned production—Heaven of Hell—has surfaced on various public documents, including Paramount’s application for movie industry tax credits with Louisiana Economic Development.

    Earlier this month, Hollywood Reporter shed a little light on the premise of Heaven of Hell, which the trade pub describes as a drama set in small-town Mississippi that involves both elements of mystery and a deep, complex family saga.

    The show is a “searing vertical look at life in the contemporary south and combines strong psychological exploration of characters with deep mystery,” the write-up says.

    There’s no word on who will star in the show.

    Though the series will be filmed in Baton Rouge, the city will not be identified as such in the storyline. But locals will likely recognize familiar sites like downtown streets and the City Park Lakes.

    Officials with Celtic, where Paramount has leased three sound stages, and the Baton Rouge Film Commission have declined to comment.

    The deal, which has been in the works for months, was finalized in April and is a major win for the Baton Rouge film community. Though the state has gradually recouped some of the business that was lost following legislative reforms in 2015 to the once-generous movie industry tax credit program, most of the work has gone to New Orleans.

    Baton Rouge, which in the late 2000s was home to several major tent pole productions, has seen little of the action—and none from the likes of a major Hollywood motion picture studio like Paramount.

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