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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wooing actress Bo Derek

Actress Bo Derek testifies on Capitol Hill in 2011. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Actress Bo Derek testifies on Capitol Hill in 2011. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is pulling out the stops for starlet Bo Derek (professionally, of course!)  in the hopes of convincing her to film an upcoming TV series in the commonwealth.

The charm offensive continued last weekend, when McAuliffe and his wife, Dorothy, hosted Derek overnight at the at the governors’ mansion and feted her with a Sunday garden reception. The “10” star met with state tourism and film officials Monday.

And it sounds like it’s working. “Virginia is very sophisticated and they already have so much high-quality production going,” Derek said Tuesday in an interview with Middleburg Life editor Vicky Moon. “They don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”

Derek is developing a television project based on a series of crime novels set in Richmond and Washington penned by former Washingtonian Warren Adler, author of “War of the Roses.”  “Capital Crimes” follows the gritty adventures of homicide detective  (and daughter of a senator) Fiona Fitzgerald, whom Derek would play.

Andy Edmunds, director of the Virginia Film Office, said Virginia has to compete with other states, such as Maryland (see: Cards, House of), North Carolina and Georgia for the big bucks that productions like Derek’s bring in. Tax incentives, scenic locales — including those that can stand in for Washington — and tourism tie-ins are all part of the package, he says.

Though he met Monday with Derek, he’s happy to let his boss close the deal. “Governor McAuliffe  is a great salesperson and marketer for Virginia,” Edmunds said. “He understands the economic value of film and TV. He knows these projects are like super-tourists in our state  — with a payroll.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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