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‘Get Shorty’ TV series to be filmed in ABQ

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Actor Ray Romano is to star in a TV series based on Elmore Leonard’s “Get Shorty.” It will be filmed in Albuquerque. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Elmore Leonard’s “Get Shorty” is getting the TV treatment, and it will be filming in Albuquerque and Los Angeles.

The New Mexico State Film Office announced Wednesday that the Epix and MGM Television project will be in principal photography through May 2017.

According to the film office, the production will employ 289 New Mexico crew members and about 3,500 New Mexico background talent.

Actor Chris O’Dowd will star in the Epix series, “Get Shorty.” (Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

Actor Chris O’Dowd will star in the Epix series, “Get Shorty.” (Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

The series stars Chris O’Dowd and Emmy Award-winner Ray Romano and is inspired by Leonard’s 1990 New York Times best-selling novel, which was adapted into a 1995 film.

Series regulars include Sean Bridgers, Lidia Porto, Megan Stevenson, Goya Robles, Lucy Walters and Carolyn Dodd.

O’Dowd is set to play Miles, a hitman from Nevada who tries to become a movie producer in Hollywood as a means to leave his criminal past behind. Romano is set for the role of Rick, a washed-up producer of low-quality films who becomes Miles’ partner and guide through the maze of Hollywood.  Bridgers will play Miles’ partner within the organization, Louis.

Porto will portray Amara, the godmother of a Nevada crime ring. Stevenson is set for the role of April, an attractive and ambitious studio executive, and Robles will portray Yago, Amara’s dangerous nephew.

It is created and executive produced by Davey Holmes.

“Elmore Leonard’s work was formative for me, and the world of ‘Get Shorty’ felt ready for a reinvention, while staying true to the creative spirit of the book,” Holmes said. “Leonard had a fantastic ability to illuminate thuggish characters and find not only menace, but also comedy that springs from their humanity. It’s a story about murderous tough guys with wistful dreams and fragile egos. Our lead character is an outsider, doesn’t come from Hollywood. We are delighted to be shooting in New Mexico.”

This is the second Epix production that has filmed in New Mexico. The first was “Graves,” which also filmed in Albuquerque.

“Albuquerque welcomes the TV series “Get Shorty” to our city,” said Albuquerque’s Mayor Richard Berry. “The film industry provides high-paying, creative jobs to our citizens and many businesses are affected positively by the filming here in Albuquerque.”

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