Washington basks in Emmy limelight... or maybe not

Washington basks in Emmy limelight... or maybe not
Programmes like popular TV series'Homeland' have glorified torture to a generation.

WASHINGTON - Five TV series with 32 primetime Emmy nominations between them have two things in common: they're set in Washington, and they're not made in Washington.

For all the real-life political drama in the nation's capital, hit shows like "Homeland" and "House of Cards" are filmed somewhere else, much to the frustration of Washingtonians who would like a bigger slice of the Hollywood action.

"It's a real challenge," admits Crystal Palmer, head of the city's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development.

"People tend to think (a Washington-themed series) originated here, when in actuality it did not."

"House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey as a congressman with a serious Machiavellian streak, is up for nine Emmys - but it's filmed up the road in Baltimore, Maryland.

"Homeland" casts Claire Danes as a bipolar CIA agent tracking down terrorists. It received 11 nods - but it's shot 400 miles (600 kilometers) away in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The comedy "Veep" and the mini-series "Political Animals," with five nominations apiece, were made in Baltimore and Philadelphia, respectively.

And political thriller "Scandal" is produced on the other side of the country in Los Angeles. It has two nominations, including a best drama actress nod for the aptly-named Kerry Washington.

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