TV productions bringing S.C. money, jobs

Staff Report
Published August 6, 2014

CBS spent nearly $18 million in South Carolina last year filming the Lowcountry-based television series Reckless, according to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

Charleston was home to the show’s pilot, which was filmed in February and March 2013, and first season, which was filmed from July through December. In that time, more than 860 jobs were created, including 90 temporary positions for police, firefighters and extras, the department said.

The show’s cast and crew purchased goods and services at more than 835 suppliers and generated 17,300 lodging nights in the Charleston area, according to the department.

Reckless, the legal drama starring Cam Gigandet and Anna Wood along with Michael Gladis, Georgina Haig, Gregory Harrison, Shawn Hatosy and Kim Wayans, currently airs at 10 p.m. Sundays on CBS.

TV cameras were also rolling north of Charleston recently.

Golf Channel filmed Big Break Myrtle Beach in June at Pawleys Plantation on Pawleys Island and at Barefoot Resort’s Dye, Fazio and Love golf courses.

Six men and six women looking to become professional golfers will compete for a chance to play in a 2015 PGA Tour or LPGA Tour event during the show’s debut at 9 p.m. Oct. 7. The competitors, who are expected to be announced this month, must survive a series of skills challenges each week to continue in the competition.

The Marina Inn and Resort at Grande Dunes hosted the competitors and production team during filming.

Big Break Myrtle Beach will illustrate what so many golfers already know about South Carolina — that it is the best golf destination in the country,” said Duane Parrish, director of the state’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. “Our year-round mild climate, naturally beautiful settings, challenging courses and major events combined to make South Carolina just right for golf.”

Golf has a total economic impact of $2.7 billion in S.C. each year and creates more than 34,000 jobs, according to data from the department.

In an interview with Golf Channel to announce the location, Gov. Nikki Haley said the show is huge for South Carolina and she hopes it will inspire golfers to bring their families to Myrtle Beach for vacations.

“We know that everybody in South Carolina loves golf. South Carolina is known as a major golf destination,” Haley said. “We want to make sure more people experience Myrtle Beach.”

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