For most of the original run, interior scenes were shot in Los Angeles. The new show, however, is a feast of North Texas locations, thanks largely to a joint venture between the city of Dallas and South Side Studios in the Cedars neighborhood south of I-30.
“There was a high probability that Dallas was not going to be shot in Dallas,” says South Side Studios founder Jack Matthews. “TNT gave us a list of what they needed. We agreed to no rent, and the city paid to finish out the studio.” Two Matthews properties, South Side on Lamar and the Beat Lofts, are filming locations.
Sue Ellen Ewing, now richer than her ex-husband, J.R., runs her empire from a contemporary office in Uptown’s Saint Ann Court. Bobby Ewing’s attorney overlooks the new Klyde Warren deck park. In reality, it’s the office of top-flight divorce attorney Ike Vanden Eykel.
“When they asked if they could use my office, I took a deep breath and said, ‘Of course,’” says Vanden Eykel. “Then, I was avalanched with 50 some-odd people who took over my space. But they put it all back, and there wasn’t a speck of dust on the place.”
If the show gets picked up for a second season, most cast members are pulling for shooting to resume in Texas. “Dallas is a home away from home for me,” Metcalfe says. “I have lots of friends here, and it lends a real authenticity to have it shot in Texas.”
On Wednesday, the day the pilot airs, the City Council will vote on a proposal by the Office of Economic Development that the production company, Warner Horizon, be offered a $200,000-per-season incentive package for the next six seasons to keep filming here.
Always fond of declarative statements, Duffy says, “Here we are and here we will stay.”