WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Will 'House Of Cards' Leave Maryland? At Least One Lawmaker Isn't Worried

Play associated audio
Maryland Senate President Mike Miller says of "House of Cards" producer Beau Willimon: "He is a politician."
Netflix
Maryland Senate President Mike Miller says of "House of Cards" producer Beau Willimon: "He is a politician."

The failure of the Maryland General Assembly to approve an increase in tax credits for film companies before it adjourned for the year last night has some in Annapolis worried that the producers of the show "House of Cards" will follow through on their threat to leave the state.

But one top lawmaker isn't sweating. Senate president Mike Miller views the threat from "House of Cards" producers as nothing more than politics.

"Beau Willimon is the producer and writer for 'House of Cards.' He is a politician. It's the reason he's able to come up with these wonderful scripts, because he's worked in half of the statehouses in the United States," Miller says. "He understands politics. And knows why things get done and don't get done."

Miller isn't worried at all that the show will leave Maryland. Even though it's set in Washington, D.C., "House of Cards" is mostly filmed at a soundstage in Harford County. HBO's "Veep" is also shot in Maryland at a facility in Howard County.

"We're going to resolve the issue with 'House of Cards' and 'Veep.' We're very proud to have these productions in the state of Maryland. It's not because we're starstruck. These people put their pants on one leg at a time like we do," Miller says. "But it's like keeping Joe Flacco as the quarterback for the [Baltimore] Ravens. We want to keep these moneymakers in the state."

The House and Senate passed differing versions of a bill that would have increased the tax credits. And late last night, a conference committee made up of lawmakers from both branches ended in testy fashion without the differences being resolved.

NPR

Not My Job: Sharon Jones Gets Quizzed On Handshakes

We've invited the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings to play a game called "Let's shake on it."
NPR

Salvage Supperclub: A High-End Dinner In A Dumpster To Fight Food Waste

The ingredients — think wilted basil, bruised plums, garbanzo bean water — sound less than appetizing. Whipped together, they're a tasty meal that show how home cooks can use often-tossed foods.
NPR

Barbershop: Speechwriters Speak On The RNC And DNC

Republican speechwriter Mary Kate Cary, Democratic speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum and historian from the University of Virginia Barbara Perry dissect the last two weeks of speeches at the RNC and DNC.
NPR

From 'The Water's Edge To The Cutting Edge': Fish Skeletons, CT Scans And Engineering

Professor Adam Summers is a "fish guy." He uses fish to get engineering ideas. His latest project is to CT scan every type of fish — all 33,000 of them.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.