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2 TV Shows Awarded Michigan Film Incentives

FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ/AP) - The Michigan Film Office says it has awarded a $1.5 million film incentive to the "Ask Dr. Nandi" talk show — and $308,869 to American Muscle.

"Ask Dr. Nandi" is hour-long program focuses on medical and lifestyle issues and is filmed, produced and edited in the state. Dr. Partha Nandi is a gastroenterologist who practices in suburban Detroit. The show features patients and practitioners discussing diseases or other health problems and developing solutions for patients and their families.

Heading into its third season, it's currently shooting in Farmington Hills and airs on Doctor Television Channel and the Diya TV network.

"American Muscle" will premiere July 9 and follows Michigan gym owner and health guru Mike Barwis and his staff as they work to train professional athletes and the middle-aged dads that work out alongside them.

"Michigan-based television series help expose audiences to the state, while offering opportunities for crew and local businesses," said Margaret O'Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office, in a media release. "Both of these projects highlight talented entrepreneurs who call Michigan home."

According to the film office, 14 projects have been awarded $58 million in incentives during fiscal year 2014. These projects are expected to create 1,500 hires with a full-time equivalent of 1,195 jobs.

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