Friday, July 08, 2011

TNT Orders New, Updated Dallas

Dallas (CBS)

OK ... this is a bit of a stretch for us ... but TNT announced today that an all new series based on the characters from the nighttime drama Dallas is a go. The original aired on CBS from 1978 through 1991.

Famous for its cliffhangers, Dallas was known for its wealth, seduction, scandal and — yes, here's the mystery connection — intrigues. (The resolution to "Who shot J.R.?" was, at the time, the highest rated television episode in US history.)

The new Dallas stars Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong, who will be joined by original series stars Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman.

During the original series run, a long and bitter rivalry developed between brothers J.R. Ewing (Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Duffy) that eventually led to J.R. losing control of most of the Ewing industries. In the new Dallas, this explosive rivalry now lives on through another generation, with the future of the family fortune in the hands of the Ewing offspring: cousins John Ross Ewing (Henderson), the son of J.R. and ex-wife Sue Ellen (Gray), and Christopher Ewing (Metcalfe), the adopted son of Bobby. Brewster stars as Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross. Gonzalo stars as Christopher’s fiancée, Rebecca. And Strong stars as Ann, Bobby’s wife.

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which is slated to premiere in summer 2012.

TNT will give viewers their first look at Dallas on Monday, July 11th, with a special sneak peek during the season premieres of The Closer (9 PM ET/PT) and Rizzoli & Isles (10 PM ET/PT). The cable network is also unveiling a new website, DallasTNT.com, which promises to keep fans up-to-date on the behind-the-scenes action.

(Source: TNT Press Release)

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