NBC will film ‘Bluff City Law’ in Memphis

By Updated: June 04, 2019 5:40 PM CT | Published: June 04, 2019 5:40 PM CT

NBC will shoot its new legal drama, “Bluff City Law” starring Jimmy Smits, in Memphis this summer.

"This project will bring high-quality jobs to the area, and I’m hopeful the show will have a long and successful run in Tennessee," Gov. Bill Lee said in a statement June 4.

Several hundred cast and crew will be part of the production, which will begin filming in July. The show, which shot a pilot  episode in Memphis and Oxford, Mississippi, in March, will air at 9 p.m. on Mondays, beginning in September.

According to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s office, $4.25 million in incentives were given to the project: $2.5 million from the state, $1.4 million from Memphis and Shelby County through the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE), and $350,000 from Memphis Tourism.

“I’m just so proud that everybody really worked in unity,” Linn Sitler, executive director of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, said on Tuesday. “We’ve seen so many diverse groups get together and support this project.”

Last month, she estimated the production could bring $55 million per season to the area.

<strong>Linn Sitler</strong>

Linn Sitler

“The fact that it is network and national and coming on once a week in prime time, in a 9 p.m. time slot, will be great,” she said.

Sitler said the show about a lawyer who is estranged from her father but decides to rejoin his Memphis law firm, which is known for fighting injustice, will showcase the city as “progressive” and “dynamic.”


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Elle Perry

Elle Perry

Elle Perry covers arts and culture and other news for the Daily Memphian. She is a native of Memphis and a two-time graduate of the University of Memphis. Elle previously worked for the Memphis Business Journal and has written for publications including The Memphis Flyer and High Ground News.

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