USA Network’s Colony to settle in Vancouver

The sci-fi drama is moving out of L.A. for its third season.

The toing and froing between L.A. and Vancouver continued last week after it was revealed that USA Network series Colony is swapping California for B.C. for its third season.

The U.S. net renewed the sci-fi drama for a 13-episode new season and California-based Legendary Television, which produces the show alongside Universal Cable Productions, confirmed the relocation to Playback Daily.

A spokesperson for the prodco also said the series is moving for creative reasons as the storyline requires a different location.

The first two seasons of Colony were filmed in L.A., where the series did not receive the state’s tax credit. The show will now be eligible to receive B.C’s Production Services Tax Credit, which was reduced to 28%, from 33%, last May.

The Colony season two finale premiered last week and new episodes are scheduled to debut in 2018 on USA Network. In Canada, the show airs on Bell Media channel Bravo. 

Executive producers on the series are Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Ryan Condal (Rampage).

Other shows that have previously left L.A. for Vancouver include Supergirl, which last year relocated for its second season after the show switched from CBS to CW, and Mistresses, which announced it was moving back in October 2014, losing its lead star Alyssa Milano in the process.

The move is the latest development for the local industry in Vancouver, following the news that both Lucifer (FOX) and Legion (FX) were leaving B.C. to shoot in L.A. for their upcoming seasons. The series were approved to receive USD $16.8 million and USD $11 million, respectively, through California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program 2.0. At the same time, L.A. also coaxed The Affair (Showtime) and The OA (Netflix), which both previously shot in New York, back to California with the state’s tax incentive.

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