Today we are taking a closer look at some TV shows that have filmed in Santa Fe. This doesn’t include reality shows like The Bachelor; but actual dramatic series.
Manhattan was set in 1943 and 1944 at the time of the Manhattan Project. The TV series focused on the scientists at Project Y and their families in the newly created Los Alamos, New Mexico. It was a town few people knew anything about except those who lived and worked there.
“Though slow to start, Manhattan is a top-notch drama thanks to a talented cast, beautiful cinematography, and a keen eye for period detail.”
The show was loved by critics and viewers alike.
Both seasons of Manhattan were filmed in and around Santa Fe.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican paper, Manhattan was “being shot at the long-abandoned Bruns Army Hospital adjacent to the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design… where crews refurbished the old hospital to create barracks, laboratories, offices, stores and the PX, which is the social center for the characters in the series.”
The TV series pumped tens of millions of dollars into the economy of Santa Fe and New Mexico. Here’s a look at the actual buildings and sets used in the show:
As you can see, as of 2017 the set was still in pretty good condition… ripe for a “continuation” or “reboot?”
Messiah is the story of the world’s reaction to a unique man from the Middle East who claims he is sent from God. Told from multiple character viewpoints, Messiah captures the interest of the world’s media as he begins to turn the geopolitical order upside down. The series aims to challenge the viewer to examine exactly what he/she believes in.
Notorious criminal Frank Griffin and his gang of outlaws are on a mission — get revenge on Roy Goode, a former protege who betrayed the brotherhood. On the run, Roy seeks refuge in isolated mining town La Belle, N.M., where he lives with Alice Fletcher, a hardened widow and outcast. When word reaches La Belle, which is governed mainly by women, that Griffin is headed there, the residents of the town band together to defend against his murderous gang.