SC taxpayers tab for ‘Army Wives?’ More than $37 million

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve

The reality cable television shows “Southern Charm,” “Welcome to Myrtle Manor,” and “Party Down South”were each produced in South Carolina without direct handouts from S.C. taxpayers, according to the state’s tourism agency.

Not so with “Army Wives.”

The fictional Lifetime Television show, which was produced in Charleston and ran for seven seasons before its cancelation last year, received nearly $37.4 million in taxpayer-funded rebates from 2006 through last year, The Nerve found in a review of S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) records. And that doesn’t include sales tax exemptions that the show’s production company likely was eligible to receive under state laws aimed at wooing the Hollywood industry to the Palmetto State.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.