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Baton Rouge says goodbye to Breakout Kings

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 2:52pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — All good things must come to an end. In the world of entertainment, sometimes that happens sooner than expected.

The A&E television series “Breakout Kings” did not get picked up for a third season. One of the show creators, Matt Olmstead, signed on to run the new NBC drama “Chicago Fire.”

“Breakout Kings” filmed its second season here in Baton Rouge, with its primary location being housed at the Raleigh Studios located in the Celtic Media Centre. This was the first scripted television series to set up shop in the Red Stick. Although the show has packed up and moved out of the city, studio executives did take note of what was done here.

“We were sorry to hear A&E didn’t pick up Breakout Kings for a third season despite decent ratings, but that’s show business,” Patrick Mulhearn, Director of Studio Operations for Raleigh Studios at the Celtic Media Centre, explained. “A Fox Television executive personally assured me that they had ‘a great experience at the studio and in Baton Rouge’ and their words to me were that they are ‘confident’ that they ‘will be back.’ It is safe to say that Baton Rouge’s first scripted TV series will not be its last.”

Right now, things are quiet at the Raleigh Studios. The Universal project “Oblivion” staring Tom Cruise just wrapped, so now they’re turning focus to getting the next big project through their doors.

“We are in talks with several major studios who are interested in bringing some big projects to the stages in Baton Rouge,” Mulhearn noted. “We are excited about what may likely happen here this fall.”

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