After gestating for years, TNT has finally given a greenlight to an all-new series based on Dallas, one of the most iconic TV dramas of all-time. However, unlike recent series remakes like Charlie’s Angels and Hawaii Five-0, this series combines stars from the classic show with all-new cast members. Josh Henderson (90210), Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious), Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) and Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives) are the new kids on the block, but they’ll be joined by original Dallas stars Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman, all reprising their roles from the original series. Hit the jump for more details on the series and the full press release.
The original series which ran from 1978-1991, we followed the bitter rivalries and family power struggles between J.R. Ewing (Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Duffy) over a Texas oil and cattle-ranching dynasty. This new series brings the rivalry onto 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. Meanwhile, Brewster stars as Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross and Gonzalo stars as Christopher’s fiancée, Rebecca.
Since I’m a little too young to know the spectacle that was Dallas, especially the infamous “Who Shot J.R.” episodes, I can’t say my interest is at a high for this series. But TNT seems to have found a niche in older demographics, and since those are the viewers who will likely remember the series the most, it just might pull in a decent audience. The 10-episode order for the series is set to premiere sometime in the summer of 2012, but you’ll be able to catch a sneak peak of the news series during the season premieres of The Closer at 9/8c, and Rizzoli & Isles, at 10/9c.
Here are a few cast photos (via the show’s Facebook page):
Here’s the press release:
TNT Greenlights New Series DALLAS
TNT to Unveil Special Sneak Preview of DALLAS Monday
During Season Premieres of THE CLOSER and RIZZOLI & ISLES
New DALLAS Stars Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong,
Along with the Return of TV Icons Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray
TNT has given the greenlight to DALLAS, an all-new series based upon one of the most popular television dramas of all time, about the bitter rivalries and family power struggles within a Texas oil and cattle-ranching dynasty. Famous for its ratings-grabbing cliffhangers, the original series was known for its wealth, seduction, scandal and intrigues. Set in the big state of Texas, TNT’s new DALLAS — from Warner Horizon Television — also lives life large and in the fast lane and brings a new generation of stars together with cast members from the original drama series. The new DALLAS stars Josh Henderson (90210), Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious), Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) and Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives), and they will be joined by iconic stars Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of DALLAS, which is slated to premiere in summer 2012.
TNT will give viewers their first look at DALLAS on Monday with a special sneak peek during the season premieres of the network’s blockbuster hits THE CLOSER, which starts at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), and RIZZOLI & ISLES, which airs at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). TNT is unveiling today a website dedicated to the new DALLAS series, where fans can view an online photo gallery that features a first look into the show’s new and returning cast. Fans can visit the new site, http://www.dallastnt.com, to watch sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes videos. The website will be periodically updated with new materials.
“TNT has explored the possibility of an updated version of DALLAS for several years, but it wasn’t until we read Cynthia Cidre’s outstanding pilot script that we knew we had the foundation for a great new series,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “It is incredibly exciting to see both new and familiar characters in the hands of a dream cast under the guidance of the enormously talented Cidre and Mike Robin. We couldn’t be more pleased with how DALLAS has come together.”
The original DALLAS aired from 1978 to 1991 and centered on the Ewing family, a cattle and oil dynasty occupying the expansive Southfork Ranch in Texas. A long and bitter rivalry between brothers J.R. Ewing (Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Duffy) 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.