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ROB NIKOLEWSKI

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Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:52 pm, Sat Feb 22, 2014.

So let me get this straight:

An award-winning television show featuring a fictitious chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine kingpin gets hailed by practically everybody as the greatest thing to come out of New Mexico since green chile, but another TV show about real-life police officers fighting crime supposedly makes Albuquerque look so toxic that city officials want the producers of the show to hit the road?

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3 comments:

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:38 pm on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 568

    That's a really good point. I hadn't thought of that being a reason that APD (Another Person Dead) and the mayor wouldn't want cameras documenting their "protecting and serving" the community.

     
  • Meredith Madri posted at 1:12 pm on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    FilmArtPhoto Posts: 34

    Of course they don't want "Cops" filming in ABQ.
    Of course it "makes ABQ look bad."
    Numerous shootings (and killings) by police probably aren't incidents ABQ PD wants highlighted. But they should be!
    With cameras rolling, it might be tough to defend ABQ's "Shoot First, Ask Questions Later" protocol.

    m. madri

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 3:27 am on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 568

    If the "Cops" TV show will be receiving New Mexico’s 25 percent film subsidy rate, I hope there's some oversight and audit of their expense/rebate report, since most of that show is shot with one or possibly two cameras. A crew of three that don't even have to rent a van, since they already get a free ride in the cop car. I can see how a small production like that could easily claim expenses beyond their actual requirements and end up with ALL their costs covered by NM taxpayers. Not to fault anyone in particular, but there's no good reason to expect or assume competence and accountability from state burrocrats. And good riddance to the bad candy lady. Her blue goop warn't all it's cracked-up to be nohow; just worse.

     

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