DALLAS -- It was only fitting that the Dallas Film Commission's watch party for the modernization of the iconic show Dallas take place at the historic and newly renovated Texas Theatre. The evening began at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP cast, crew and "Friends and Family of the show" reception that was buzzing with the news that the Dallas City Council voted to spend $200,000 per season in incentives to keep the filming of the TV show in Dallas.
The show's producer Ken Topolsky could not have been more complimentary of his workings with the city and Janis Burkland, director of the Dallas Film Commission. "The city of Dallas has been great to work with," Topolsky said. "They have made us feel at home, and that is coming from a Yankees fan." Topolsky added that he was ecstatic that the entire show would be filmed in Dallas -- the original show was filmed primarily in Los Angeles.
With the reception taking place upstairs, the downstairs lobby area complete with its cool bar area was beginning to fill up as fans were eager to celebrate TNT's newest series. Following a champagne toast for the big crowd in attendance, the lights dimmed to the sound of huge applause set to the backdrop of the classic Dallas theme song on the opening credits.
The crowd got into the two-hour premiere, especially the scenes involving Larry Hagman, reprising his role as J.R. Ewing. While some of the younger fans in the audience connected with the new faces such as Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo, the majority of the crowd cheered the sights of the returning cast members including Hagman, Patrick Duffy as Bobby and Linda Gray as Sue Ellen. I'll admit, it was rather enjoyable to see Hagman steal every scene he was in. It is good for die-hard Dallas fans to see that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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