The "emotional resonance of 'Grey's Anatomy,' the Dior-cloaked back-stabbing of 'The Devil Wears Prada,' combined with the sun-drenched bed-hopping of 'Entourage' " -- that's how TV show creator and executive producer David Hemingson (pictured) describes "The Deep End," a television series being shot at The Joule hotel in downtown Dallas. He says the "saucy, salty" show depicts the trials and travails of first-year lawyers in the winningest firm in the West and explores the "tension between keeping the lights on and doing the right thing," which Hemingson says informs most businesses and firms. "The Deep End" revolves around nine main characters. There are five associates starting their careers, plus Hart Sterling, an old liberal lion and moral center of the firm who returns after several years away (played by Clancy Brown of "The Shawshank Redemption"); Cliff Huddle, a nefarious managing partner/prince of darkness character (played by Billy Zane of "Titanic"); Susan Oppenhiem, the head of litigation and Huddle's wife (played by Nicole Ari Parker); and Rowdy Kaiser, a recruiting associate and associate mentor who is a bit of a Han Solo character (played by Tony award winner Norbert Leo Butz). Today, production took over The Joule hotel lobby, with echoes of "rolling, rolling" bouncing off the walls and cameras, microphones, cords, lights and carts of equipment everywhere. So where did Hemingson get the idea for the show? He says he lived it as a young attorney fresh out of Columbia Law School 19 years ago, who was recruited into a small, selective class of associates. In between takes today, when the temporary hush on the set lifted to allow conversation, he said the show combines moral quandaries people can relate to with "sexual politics and intrigue." He plans to shoot six or 13 episodes in Dallas, so the production is here indefinitely. Co-executive producer Garry Brown (of "Prison Break") says this is a mid-season show, meaning they're preparing to go on the air in January or February. The show's five associates, with the actor's name followed by character's name, are: Matt Long as Dylan Hewitt; Ben Lawson as Liam Priory; Leah Pipes as Beth Branford; Tina Majorino as Addy Fisher; and Mechad Brooks as Malcolm Bennet.
-- Anne K. McMillan