Having recently received the go-ahead to shoot 100 episodes in the next 15 months, the new TBS sitcom “Are We There Yet?” deserves some attention from Hollywood East. To add to the intrigue, it is now being shot on our turf! The state-of-the-art Connecticut Film Center studio on Stillwater Avenue in Stamford, not Los Angeles, will be the new filming location of the show, which details the life of a man — played by former NFL player Terry Crews — who has just married a divorced mother of two.
According to StamfordAdvocate.com, creator of the sitcom, Ali LeRoi, says Connecticut is becoming more attractive to the television industry because of the state’s film credit program as well as the ready access to New York City acting talent. The filming of “Are We There Yet?” will also benefit Connecticut’s economy according to Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia; with a budget of over $60 million and a 15-month filming time line, the show will bring lots of business to local vendors. Many of the cast members and production crew have even moved to the area with their families.
In addition, the Film Industry Tax Incentive Act, established in 2006, provides a 30-percent tax credit for film production expenses that exceed $100,000. The filming of “Are We There Yet?” brings a four-to-one return to the state based on these film tax incentives; for every $1 that is discounted by the state, the show injects $4 into the economy.
“It’s another great day for Stamford,” Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele told StamfordAdvocate.com last week after taking a tour of the set.
One of the executive producers of “Are We There Yet?,” rapper “Ice Cube,” promotes the show — which airs Wednesday nights on TBS — in the trailer below: