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TV series pilot to be filmed in Maryland beginning in 2020

Posted at 1:43 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 13:47:17-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WMAR) — A pilot episode for a potential new SHOWTIME series will be filmed in Maryland beginning in early 2020.

The President is Missing in Maryland is based on a 2018 novel that tells the story of an American president and a secret world-threatening crisis.

It will star NAACP Image Award winner David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, and also starred in Jack Reacher, and the BBC television mini-series Les Misérables.

Officials with the Maryland Department of Commerce believe if the series is picked up full time, it could have a similar impact on the State's economy as House of Cards, which generated $700 million and 12,000 jobs over its six seasons of filming.

“The President is Missing could provide an incredible impact on Maryland’s economy if it becomes a SHOWTIME series, including the potential for new jobs and additional revenue for local businesses throughout the region,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz.

It's unclear right now where in Maryland the pilot will be filmed.

The novel was a collaboration between author James Patterson and former president Bill Clinton, and reached The New York Times Best Sellers list shortly after its release, and has sold more than 2.3 million copies across North America.