SHOWTIME, the premium cable network behind the successful shows Billions, Shameless, and Homeland, plans to film the pilot episode for a potential new series right here in Maryland.
Based on the 2018 novel of the same title, The President is Missing tells the story of an American vice president who quickly and unexpectedly becomes president, along with learning about a secret, world-threatening crisis. Filming is expected to start in Maryland early next year.
“We are thrilled that SHOWTIME will shoot the pilot for The President is Missing in Maryland, and we are hopeful that it will become another successful series for our state,” said Governor Hogan. “Maryland offers an outstanding destination for filming, with a highly-skilled crew base, talented actors, and a variety of locations that can easily double as our nation’s capital.”
According to Jack Gerbes, director of the Maryland Film Office, the potential new series could have a similar economic impact in Maryland as the Netflix series House of Cards. In its six seasons, House of Cards generated $700 million in the state, hired thousands of residents each season, and benefitted thousands of local Maryland businesses with purchases or rented goods or services each year.
“The President is Missing could provide an incredible impact on Maryland’s economy if it becomes a SHOWTIME series, including the potential for new jobs and additional revenue for local businesses throughout the region,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz.