HOLLYWOOD VIA LAS COLINAS: As you’ve no doubt heard by now, ABC’s lawyer drama The Deep End has been shooting around North Texas with a home base at the Studios at Las Colinas. And if the cast is upset about being so far from the traditional confines of L.A. or New York, they’re definitely putting on a happy face. “When I heard we’d be filming 1,200 miles away from my family and friends, I was like, ‘Oh, no’,” Tina Majorino tells dfw.com. “But then I got here, and I’ve been having a ball.” Billy Zane, the cast’s most high-profile member, agrees. “Being on location has provided an esprit decorps and a great sense of ensemble that wouldn’t have been captured had we been in [L.A.].” That’s all well and good, but tonight we’ll get a chance to see if all that chumminess translates into good TV when the show debuts at 7. Tom Maurstad got an early look at the premiere and was non-plussed. “At a time when Damages is setting a new standard in lawyer-based storytelling on TV, The Deep End seems content to rework old familiar ground,” he writes in his dallasnews.com review. Oh well. At least The Office is new tonight.
MUSIC BITS: Fort Worth’s Stella Wood has big goals for its third album, Drag. Now if the TCU grads can just get people to listen to it (fwweekly.com) … Neon Indian joins the NX35 lineup, which is well over 100 bands at this point (DC9 at Night) … A lot of buzz surrounds Midlake‘s new album, The Courage of Others. Texas Monthly says, “eh.” (texasmonthly.com).
QUOTABLE: “The first 15 are the toughest, the last 28 are a breeze.”
– Eddie Izzard, on running a whopping 43 marathons in 51 days. The comedian brings his latest show to the American Airlines Center tonight. Read more of Rob Clark’s interview with Izzard at quickdfw.com.