Television Series to Begin Filming at Crime and Punishment Museum

Badlands will be produced in studio once used for America's Most Wanted

By Natalie Lopez
|  Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012  |  Updated 2:26 PM EDT
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New TV Series to Begin Filming in District

Metropolis Studios

"Badlands," a new fictional TV series, will start filming in NW D.C. this spring.

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District of Columbia Councilmember Vincent Orange is trying to bring some of the bright lights of Hollywood to the District. A new action television series titled 'Badlands' will be partially filmed and produced this spring in the Crime and Punishment Museum in Chinatown.

“I’m elated to have played a major role in promoting the production and entertainment industry in the nation’s capital," said At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange.  "My primary focus is making DC’s film and television industry an increasingly vibrant and important sector of the District’s economy”

Orange chairs the District's Committee on Small and Local Business Development.

The series, Badlands, will be the first television series filmed this year in the District and will begin its production in the coming months.  Orange appeared at the Crime and Punishment Museum Wednesday with representatives from Metropolis Studios and Movies, the company producing the series.

Orange told News4 he hopes the show will create jobs for District residents.

Here's a summary of the show from Metropolis Studios:

"Set in the fictional urban jungle of Three Rivers, BADLANDS follows a group of diverse characters as they vie to survive in this cosmopolitan, but often deadly town."

The series is one several projects to begin production in the District this year.  Also scheduled to begin shooting this spring: Tyler Perry's movie "the Marriage Counselor," Netflix's "House of Cards," a Ben Stiller program for HBO, political drama "Political Animals" produced by USA Networks, and the taping of several episodes of Jeopardy!

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