DALLAS—It was a big night in Big D as the cast and crew of the TNT series 'Dallas' walked the red carpet for the premiere of the show Thursday.
The actors who were in the original series could only talk about how important it was to be filming in Dallas for the new series.
"That everything is influenced by where you work. Not just your script and your director but your location or where you are at," said Patrick Duffy, who played Bobby Ewing.
"You feel very, very connected. I always felt connected to the city," said Linda Gray, who played Sue Ellen Ewing.
The new additions to the show also felt a strong connection to Dallas.
"I think the new series really hinges on showcasing the city of Dallas, and just like the show has evolved, so has the city and we really want to show that on the show," said Jesse Metcalfe, who played Christopher Ewing.
"I think Dallas is another character in the show. Within every scene it is a beautiful backdrop to the show. I think it has changed a lot in the last 20 years and the producers did a beautiful job of showcasing that," said Jordana Brewster, who played Elena Ramos.
While the city of Dallas was good for the show, the show was also good for the city.
"For the film industry folks, it's jobs. People want to work in this business and this is a great job to have. Everybody wants to have 'Dallas' on their resume," said Dallas Film Commissioner Janis Burklund.
Burklund said 300 jobs were created. There was also money flowing into Dallas economy: An estimated $12.5 million in direct spending and a total of nearly $19 million in economic impact.
"They're renting all sorts of equipment, and not just film equipment, they also go out and by props and wardrobe and lumber and they're buying gas. Money goes all over the community," Burklund told CW 33 News.
But perhaps the greatest exposure was the name itself, 'Dallas.'
"The number one rule in marketing is have your name known. The name of the show is the name of our city," said Burklund.
And Burklund said the show provided unbelievable free publicity.
"Every time the show airs, just the opening title sequence alone is worth gold. We couldn't afford as a city to buy that kind of advertising," she said.
While season one was shot in Dallas, if TNT picked up the show for a second season, there were no guarantees that filming would continue in the Metroplex. The Dallas Film Commission has sent the Dallas City Council an agenda item to try and lure the show back for another year.