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Jun 18, 2013 7:37 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Hallmark to film TV series in Telluride

DENVER (AP) - The Hallmark Channel says it will film a television series in Telluride this summer and state officials credit a revamped film incentives program for bringing the show to Colorado.

Gov. John Hickenlooper joined officials from the channel and lawmakers in making the announcement Tuesday afternoon. The series is called "When Calls the Heart" and the setting is supposed to be a coal town in the 19th century.

Hallmark President and CEO Bill Abbott said in a statement Colorado is "the perfect backdrop for our Western inspired series."

Hickenlooper says it's the first television series filmed in the state since 1991. Lawmakers who support more robust tax incentives for film production have argued Colorado has lagged behind other states with higher tax credits.

Filming begins July 22.

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