Twice in November the Dallas County Commissioners Court approved requests from reality-TV crews to film inside the county jail -- first from Brits bearing 3D cams, then from the National Geographic Channel. But tomorrow, Dallas comes to Dallas County: Per the commissioners court agenda Warner Horizon Television, which is behind that next-gen Dallas reboot set to bow on TNT this summer, is asking the county commissioners for their OK to shoot on county property. In return, Horizon will fork over a $25,000 security deposit and $1,000 for every day camera roll and cast John Wiley Price as J.R.'s long-lost son. Or, perhaps, not.
As you may recall, the city council OK'd spending $235,000 last summer to finish out Jack Matthews's South Lamar warehouse; council was told Horizon would go elsewhere without a proper facility. Principal photography began in October, with the expectation that they'd be here till "the end of January." Per the contract, Horizon wants to shoot on county property early this month. And where? "Locations could potentially include unoccupied jails, court space, and general office buildings." Too bad they weren't here June 27.