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Patrick Stewart’s ‘Star Trek’ Series Among 9 TV Projects to Get $90 Million in California Tax Credits

Marc Cherry’s ”Why Women Kill“ and HBO’s ”Flowers of Helvetica“ also accepted into the state’s program

CBS All Access’ upcoming “Star Trek” series, which marks the return of Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard, will be one of three new TV series to film in California as part of the state’s ongoing Film & TV Tax Credit 2.0 program.

Along with “New Star Trek Series,” the working title for the series set to debut sometime at the end of 2019, CBS All Access’ drama “Why Women Kill” and HBO’s “Flowers of Helvetica” will be produced in California. The three shows join six recurring series that are already filming in California under the program as part of its fourth year.

These three series alone will employ an estimated 1,500 cast members, 2,100 crew and 23,000 extras/stand-ins — the latter measured in “man-days” — over a combined 916 shoot days for the season.

FX’s “American Horror Story” and “Mayans, M.C.,” Freeform’s “Good Trouble,” Fox’s “The Orville,” ABC’s “The Rookie” and CBS All Access’ “Strange Angel” round out the six. The tax credits for all nine productions total $90 million, according to the California Film Commission.

“Our TV tax credits are in high demand, so we’re pleased to have ample credits available now to bring these three large-scale series to California,” said California Film Commission Executive Director Amy Lemisch. “So many producers tell us that California is their first choice because no other locale can match what we have to offer, including the ability [to] leave the set and go home each night.”

In addition to the three new series and six recurring series announced Monday, there are 21 recurring TV series in various stages of production currently in the program and eligible for tax credits. Since the launch of Program 2.0 in 2015, a total of 61 television projects in various stages of production have been selected for tax credits.