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Must-See Georgia Films & TV Shows this Spring

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Spring has sprung, and that means it's time for new seasons of television series and new films. Georgia-filmed projects are making their name on screens large and small in March, April and May.

New and Returning Television Series

"Underground" Season 2: March 8

UPN's story about slaves escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad was a surprise hit last year. Season 1 was filmed in Baton Rouge, La., but filming wrapped a few months ago for the second season, filmed in Savannah. Chippewa Square and Bull Street were transformed for the series.

"Greenleaf" Season 2: March 15

This series, executive produced by none other than Oprah Winfrey, was a hit on her OWN Network. It chronicles the lives of the Greenleaf family, who runs a church in Memphis. But there's plenty of scandal and drama between these family members. It was filmed in Atlanta, including a church in Decatur and a studio in Norcross. You can catch up on season 1 now on Netflix.

"The Originals" Season 4: March 17

While "The Vampire Diaries," which inspired spin-off "The Originals," has come to a close, this show is still going strong in its fourth season. The story of the world's original vampires living in New Orleans is actually filmed in Conyers. The series is on the CW network.

"Brockmire" Season 1: April 5

"Brockmire," debuting on IFC, is about a major league baseball announcer who has a public meltdown on the air when he finds about his wife's infidelity. Instead of letting it destroy him, he seeks to reclaim his life in a small town. Amanda Peet and Hank Azaria star in the show, which filmed at Macon's storied Luther Williams Field.

New Movies

"Gifted:" April 7

Chris Evans, who is no stranger to Georgia, stars in this film as a man caring for his highly intelligent niece. But his mother steps in and wants to gain custody and raise her differently. Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate and Lindsay Duncan also star. It was filmed in Savannah and Atlanta, including the Emory University campus and the St. Regis Hotel.

"The Fate of the Furious:" April 14

The first film since the death of Paul Walker, "The Fate of the Furious" sees Dom seduced by a mysterious woman from his past, pitting him against those closest to him. Filming for this fast-paced car racing movie took place around the globe, including the streets of Atlanta and the Guardian Center of Perry.

"Guardians of the Galaxy 2:" May 5

Atlanta has become a breeding ground for Marvel's superhero movies. After filming the first "Guardians" in England, producers announced that the sequel would be filmed at none other than Pinewood Studios in Fayetteville. Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana will reprise their roles as travelers in the outer reaches of space.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul:" May 19

The wildly popular book series has launched multiple films, including the latest in the franchise. In it, Greg takes a road trip with his family to attend his great grandmother's birthday, but his motivation is to attend a nearby gamer convention. Filming took place in Roswell, Griffin and other parts of metro Atlanta.

"Baywatch:" May 26

This remake of the television series used much of Savannah and Tybee Island as background. Zac Efron and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson star as lifeguards with competing views on their work. When they uncover a criminal plot, they must team up. 

Caroline Eubanks

Caroline Eubanks is a freelance writer, travel blogger and film geek from Atlanta. She writes about travel in the South and beyond for BBC Travel, Afar, AAA, and her websites, This Is My South and Caroline in the City.

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