EDA approves grant for canceled TV show

TRENTON – The state Economic Development Authority approved a nearly $7.3 million tax credit for an NBC medical drama that was cancelled two years ago.

The show, a hospital drama called “Mercy,” was filmed in or around Jersey City.

In addition to Mercy, the EDA also approved film tax credits for the 10th and 11th seasons of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” which date back to 2008 and 2009. That show is still airing.

According to the application, “Mercy’s” production company, Open 4 Business LLC, spent $36.48 million. The tax credit it received was for $7,297,061.

The production expenses took place for the show’s one and only season that stretched between August 2009 and April 2010.

Production companies could receive a 20 percent film tax credit, as long as they spend 60 percent of the production costs within the borders of the Garden State.

Caren Franzini, CEO of the EDA, explained that the office receives several applications and they are not always reviewed immediately.  Credits are generally given after the money has been spent. EDA approves grant for canceled TV show