Pop Goes The News — ABC’s hit drama series Quantico is moving out of Montreal.
The sophomore season will be shot entirely in New York City, state governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday — a day after filming of season one wrapped in Montreal.
The 22-episode inaugural season had been in production in Montreal since last summer.
Quantico shot at locations throughout the city and used the main hall of the historic Royal Bank Building on Saint-Jacques Street West as the FBI headquarters.
Most of the show’s interiors were filmed on sets at Mel’s Cité du Cinéma.
According to reports, cast and crew members were informed of the move to New York several months ago.
Quantico, which airs Sunday nights, stars Priyanka Chopra, Josh Hopkins, Jake McLaughlin and Graham Rogers.
Montreal hosted a record $313 million in foreign productions last year, including blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse (in cinemas on May 27); the family comedy Nine Lives starring Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken (out Aug. 5); and the sci-fi drama Story of Your Life starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.
This past winter, Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates were in the city making Bad Santa 2.
Montreal’s production slate for 2016 includes season two of the Crackle series The Art of More with Dennis Quaid and Kate Bosworth; the feature film The Glass Castle starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson and Max Greenfield; and the Irish co-production Song of Granite.
Darren Aronofsky, who made 2006’s The Fountain in Montreal, is coming back to the city this summer to direct a still-untitled film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Domhnall Gleeson, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris.
Homegrown filmmaker Xavier Dolan will shoot a few scenes for The Death and Life of John F. Donovan in Montreal this year. The cast includes Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Adele, and Susan Sarandon as well as Canadians Taylor Kitsch and Emily Hampshire.
Earlier this year it was reported that the TV series The Alienist would be made in Montreal this summer.