DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There’s no place like home to film the pilot for the new version of the old TV show ‘Dallas.’
Though Warner Horizon Television chose shoot the pilot in Dallas, they did consider other places with attractive financial incentives.
“They had mentioned New Mexico, Louisiana, I know Atlanta was mentioned, Georgia has a strong program. Canada I believe was even brought up,” said Janis Burkland.
Burkland heads up the Dallas Film Commission and drove the producers and director around the city, showing them landmark locations.
Burkland said at one point, the director framed the Dallas skyline with his two hands the way directors do, in the shape of a camera frame and said he considered the skyline was a key selling point.
The new Dallas will feature several of the old characters. J.R. is coming back, along with Sue Ellen and Bobby.
Darla Hallmen remembers watching Dallas as a little girl. “I would love to meet Patrick Duffy. I been watching him since Dallas. I watched him in Step by Step,” she said with a laugh.
The Ewing offspring will become the focus in the hopes of luring another generation of fans. Kametra Long wasn’t even born when the original series made its debut in 1978.
“Just me being from Dallas I would probably watch it,” Long said.
It also makes a lot of dollars and cents.
“Their direct spend is probably going to be in the neighborhood of three million dollars on a pilot.
And that’s their local direct spend.
Just about everyone in Dallas is happy they’re going to shoot J.R. again in Dallas.
The 12 day shoot is set to begin in late April.