Dallas is headed back to TV: Sneak peek of new series on Monday
Make it official.
As CultureMap reported back in March, a reconstituted Dallas is headed to a TV set near you. In a media statement released Friday, TNT announced it has ordered 10 episodes of an all-new series based on the popular 1980s soap opera.
The new Dallas will premiere in the summer of 2012, but the cable network is offering a sneak peek Monday night during the season premieres of The Closer (8 p.m.) and Rizzoli and Isles (9 p.m.).
The new Dallas will premiere in the summer of 2012, but TNT is offering a sneak peek Monday night during the season premieres of The Closer and Rizzoli and Isles.
In the new Dallas, the plot will follow the rivalry between the sons of J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy). Hagman, Duffy and Linda Gray, who played J.R.'s wife Sue Ellen Ewing in the original series will be back in the sequel. But most of the action will revolve around the young studs, played by Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe.
Dallas originally ran from 1978 to 1991 and became part of television history when an estimated 83 million viewers tuned in to the third season opener in 1980 to find out who shot J.R. after a cliffhanger riveted the nation. It was the highest rated television episode in U.S history at the time and remains near the top of most-watched shows.
If the new series draws even a fraction of that audience TNT will be deliriously happy.
The network unveiled a Dallas website with photos of the new stars along with pictures of a grizzled Hagman, Duffy and Gray, who haven't aged particularly well over the years.
The show has a Desperate Housewives connection as Metcalfe portrayed Eva Longoria's gardner boyfriend in that soap's first year. Brenda Strong, who played the pivotal role as the housewife who committed suicide in season one of Desperate Housewives and continues to narrate that show, joins the new Dallas as Duffy's wife.