Why Today's Press Conference Wasn't About What It Was Supposed To Be About
|Photos by Patrick Michels|
|Governor Rick Perry, Fox TV veep Jim Sharp and state Sen. Royce West at City Hall about an hour ago|
But, see, I was told several days ago that any day now, 20th Century Fox Television -- the same folks responsible for bringing The Good Guys, Lonestar, The Deep End and, even before that, Prison Break to town -- would announce yet another series set to film in Dallas. And, as I mentioned below, it's called Chaos -- a Fox production for CBS. Several sources confirmed yesterday that today was The Big Day: Perry was coming to town to announce a fourth series shooting here, including NBC's Chase, the Jerry Bruckheimer production.
|The governor and the mayor -- sadly, not a new Fox series|
So I asked around afterward: Why no Official Announcement, especially when Perry prefaced his remarks by calling today "another milestone"? Seems strange to call all these folks together to talk about a few numbers that would easily fit on a press release.
Said Mayor Leppert when I asked him if Chaos was coming to Dallas, "You mean outside of the council?" He smiled. I smiled. I tried again. Are we getting Chaos? "That's what they mentioned." So, that's a yes? "You'll have to ask Jim."
|In no way does Jim Sharp look like Darrell Hammond from this angle.|
"Well ... Chaos, they didn't get the final word that it's been picked up yet." He's referring to the fact that CBS, which only last week announced its fall series, is still trying to figure out which pilots to use as mid-season replacements. Chaos remains at the top of the list. But it's no sure thing. "Evidentaly, they haven't worked out their final negotiations with the studio. They thought it'd be done by now."
Which is why they called a press conference in the middle of a city council meeting. Why they brought in the governor. Why Royce West ducked out of some meeting.
Are you feeling pretty good about it, though, Bob?
"Yeah. But ask Jim. He's the definitive word."
So, Jim Sharp, let's talk Chaos. What's the definitive word?
"Chaos is still in negotiations, so it's not completely done right now," he tells Unfair Park. "CBS is playing, ya know, a little cagey with us, so we don't have a firm answer. It's not official official. The papers have not been signed yet."
How far are you guys from that happening?
"We hope this week."
And if they do go through, it'll shoot here?
"We believe it'll shoot here," Sharp says. "We shot the pilot in Los Angeles, but we expect to shoot here. Bruce [Margolis, exec veep at Fox and the show's producer] is flying home tonight, and we hope to hear officially soon. This has been dragging on because there's more emphasis on the fall schedule right now."
So, for now, that's that. "Jumped the gun" is how someone put it. Or: chaos.