Big D's Starring Role on the Small Screen

By Omar Villafranca
|  Wednesday, May 26, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 PM CDT
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Dallas Goes Hollywood

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At least three network television shows will shoot or are shooting in North Texas.

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Dallas Goes Hollywood

At least three network television shows will shoot or are shooting in North Texas.
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Dallas has gone Hollywood.

At least three network TV shows will shoot or are shooting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Fox's "The Good Guys" is filmed in the Dallas area, and Fox's "Lonestar" and NBC's "Chase" will be shot in the Dallas area.

The production schedule is keeping Janus Burklund, the director of the Dallas Film Commission, busy.

"(It's) frenzied, to say the least," she said. "It's really picking up. We've had a big uptick in production, which is great."

Burklund said Dallas has become a popular place to shoot because of its diversity of space as well as economic reasons. The state of Texas and sometimes the city have offered economic incentives to production companies, Burklund said.

"It's absolutely a business decision," she said. "Any type of economic development to attract shows, business, jobs -- you have to give a little to get a lot."

Burklund said the production crews spend their money on equipment, rental space and other production costs -- along with the little things.

"These people spend money everywhere you can think of: the dry cleaners, the lumber yards, the list goes on and on," she said.

It's good work for local actors, too.

Cameron Huddleston, who earned a spot as a permanent stand-in on the set of "The Good Guys," said it's a great way to break into the business without having to leave his McKinney home.

"That's what everyone talks about -- going to LA and getting into the field and industry and that stuff -- but it's good to have local stuff here to try and be a part of," he said.

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