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“CSI:San Antonio” would be far preferable

Oh, hell no.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is planning a neo-Western crime drama from executive producer Anthony Zuiker called “Desperado.” It focuses on a group of lawmen who enact cowboy-style justice in modern times on criminals in San Antonio.

The publication compared it to “Justified” on FX, which is based on an Elmore Leonard character and stars Timothy Olyphant.

I’m hard pressed to think of a phrase that encompasses greater potential for crappiness than “a group of lawmen who enact cowboy-style justice in modern times”. Well, anything that doesn’t involve a Kardashian, anyway. And what does the city of San Antonio get for this burnishing of its image?

San Antonio’s film marketing manager Drew Mayer-Oakes said the city has been working with Zuiker’s Dare to Pass production company for a few months now. “Hope it makes it all the way to pilot!” Mayer-Oakes wrote in an e-mail.

How much of it would be filmed in the Alamo City is still up in the air, he said. “They have told me they would like to film here. But all his (Zuiker’s) ‘CSI’ shows are filmed in L.A., not in Vegas, Miami, or N.Y.”

On the other hand, the exterior shots come from those cities.

So nothing will actually get filmed there, but they might use a few stock photo images during scene changes. What a deal!

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