Gone since the end of "The Wire," HBO returned to Baltimore and Maryland in major way with the making of a much-anticipated made-for-TV movie, "Game Change," and the pilot and first season of a political satire starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "VEEP." Both are top of the TV heap in terms of talent and aspiration. "Game Change," which is based on a non-fiction best-seller about the 2008 presidential race, stars Ed Harris as John McCain, Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, and Woody Harrelson, as a senior McCain adviser. It debuts in March. No date yet on "VEEP," but filming wrapped last month, and a March or April premiere is expected. The takeaway here is jobs, jobs and jobs -- and anything that provides employment in these dark, hard times has to head the list. On a set visit to "VEEP," I was approached by local actors, crew members and small business operators who live here and were for the first time in years able to make a living without moving away for months at a time from their families to take jobs on productions in other states. That's a big story in this economy, and they wanted to tell me about it.
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