If scripted lines like 'San Antone' and 'THE 35' weren't enough to convince you, the ABC-TV program 'Killer Women,' which premiered last night, even though it was supposed to be set in San Antonio, was actually filmed largely in New Mexico, 1200 WOAI's Michael Board reports.
The crew came to San Antonio to film some shots, and also filmed some of the scenes in Austin, but the majority was not even filmed in Texas.
Drew Mayer-Oaks of the San Antonio Film Commission says it’s all about the Benjamins. He says Texas doesn't provide nearly enough of the incentives film crews require to film on location.
"The state Comptroller has said that for every dollar we spend on economic incentives, we get $19 back in economic impact," he said.
But he says Texas is frequently trumped by neighboring states when it comes to filming TV shows. In fact, the governor's office had to step in to prevent the new TNT reboot of 'Dallas' from being filmed in Louisiana.
Tea Party groups complain that Texas tax money should not flow into the pockets of wealthy Hollywood stars and directors.
But Mayer-Oaks says having TV shows filmed in your city means a lot for tourism.
"Even smaller films like 'Miss Congeniality' and 'Selena,' even though they are more than 15 years old, they still elicit responses from people who know that they were filmed here," he said.
And even when it comes to a program which purports to be about a Texas Ranger, New Mexico had better incentives.
He says the movie industry should be considered a major job creator.
"It's not like they require a bunch of new plumbing or water, like the semi conductor industry," he said. "They just come in and they utilize our existing locations."