Phantom Menace: Billy Zane Needs Some Helicopters in Downtown Dallas, Pronto!

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If you're downtown this afternoon -- say, beginning at 4 p.m. but most likely after dark-thirty -- and start to wonder what the what those helicopters are doing flying so danged low, fret not: It's all for Billy Zane! (See? The Phantom? Get it? Forget it.) Or maybe you forgot: Back in June we told you that Fox was producing for ABC a mid-season replacement series called The Deep End, which is, sigh, another hourlong drama set in ... dunh-dunh-dunh ... "one of L.A.'s most prestigious law firms."

They're two days into shooting the first episode -- and, so far, ABC has only ordered six, including the pilot sneak-peeked at top. Odd thing is, the show's actually set in Los Angeles, but they're shooting here. Which is why Janis Burklund, director of the Dallas Film Commission, has been trying to convince producers to actually set the show here. No luck so far."They will occasionally do some B-roll in Los Angeles, but the lion's share is being shot in Dallas," she tells Unfair Park.

But, she says, today's set -- a fabtastic downtown rooftop -- "looks very L.A.-ish." Yes, yes it does. They don't call the show The Deep End for nothing. Wha?

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