Best sign that Atlanta's a new mini-Hollywood

"The Walking Dead"

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Between Tyler Perry's Atlanta-based media empire, Georgia's financial incentives for film production, and Screen Gems' new deal to convert Lakewood Fairgrounds into a soundstage, the A has increasingly raised its profile as a destination for making movies and television shows. Perhaps no project could do more for the city's cachet than the local filming of "THE WALKING DEAD," American Movie Classics' undead miniseries developed by director Frank Darabont and based on the cult graphic novel series of the same name. AMC is essentially the new HBO, boasting such critically acclaimed fare as "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad." If "The Walking Dead" lives up to those shows when it debuts in November, it could boost our cool factor by several orders of magnitude. Either way, it's always fun having zombies around. &emdash;

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