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Dallas (2012)

TNT version of Dallas TV seriesNetwork: TNT
Episodes: 40 (hour)
Seasons: Three

TV show dates: June 13, 2012 — present
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo, Brenda Strong, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, and Patrick Duffy.

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TV show description:
The original Dallas TV series ran for 357 episodes on CBS and ended in 1991 but there’s still plenty of drama left at SouthFork. In 2012 we find that JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing have returned with new secrets, schemes and betrayals. They’re joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a wicked new level.

John Ross Ewing III (Josh Henderson) is the ambitious son of JR and Sue Ellen Ewing. A chip off the old block, John Ross is determined to strike it rich in the oil industry and prove himself capable of stepping into his father’s shoes. Growing up, John Ross was enticed by promises that the Ewing Oil Empire would one day be his. With his parents feuding and using him to manipulate each other, John Ross lacked a stable childhood and divided his formative years between Dallas, Europe and boarding school. Even though he enjoyed the same privileges of growing up a Ewing as his cousin Christopher, he exploited his wealth and family’s power to get ahead with little personal effort, giving him a reputation of being a spoiled rich kid. John Ross never felt the love and emotional support he longed to receive from his parents growing up, so he turned to his compassionate and patient friend Elena who was always seeing the best in him. Now as an adult with a lot to prove, John Ross is determined to impress his father, despite their lack of a relationship, and he has his eyes set on SouthFork and the girl he’s loved since childhood, Elena.

After keeping off the radar in a nursing home for a few years, JR Ewing (Larry Hagman) returns with a new plan to take back what is rightfully his and restore himself to power as the true heir to SouthFork — even if that means stepping over his scheming son. JR’s years of feuding with Sue Ellen made his relationship with John Ross virtually nonexistent, always using him as a tool to get back at his mother. JR knows the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree, and will enlist the help of John Ross to get SouthFork back to the rightful side of the Ewing family: His. After years of fighting over power and oil, JR’s relationship with Bobby is strained, despite Bobby’s best efforts to put their past behind them. JR still has oil in his blood and on his brain, and he will stop at nothing to take back power.

Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) is a true survivor and, as the former wife of JR, she’s seen it all. After leading successful fundraising campaigns, taking on causes and making connections with influential Texans, her success has led her to a possible run for governor. Campaign backers already lining up to support her. Despite this success however, Sue Ellen harbors deep regret for her mistakes as a mother raising John Ross and will do anything to make things right for him. With her newfound power and influence, Sue Ellen offers herself as an ally to her son in his quest to find oil, making one last effort to try to right the wrongs of her past.

As the cook’s daughter, Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster) grew up on SouthFork ranch with John Ross and Christopher Ewing. Elena moved to Dallas from Mexico with her parents when she was eight years old, where her mother Carmen was the beloved cook to the Ewing family. Growing up, Elana and the boys were very close and while she never played favorites, it was always Christopher who secretly had her heart. Despite John Ross’ rebellious ways, Elena always saw the good in him and supported him, which led to John Ross secretly caring for her. Christopher won her heart though when they began dating in graduate school and eventually became engaged. When a misunderstanding led to calling off their wedding, Elena was heartbroken and fled to Mexico where John Ross found her and confessed his love. Elena had dreams of her own to make it big in the oil industry, so armed with her masters degree in energy resources and a new Ewing business partner, she’s returned to Dallas to strike it big.

Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) is the compassionate younger brother of JR Ewing. The current proprietor of SouthFork, Bobby is determined to protect the promise he made to his late mother Miss Ellie: to not let anyone drill for oil on SouthFork. His nephew John Ross is bent on finding oil in places he shouldn’t so the promise proves more difficult to keep than he’d thought. Bobby is thrilled to have his son Christopher back at SouthFork with his new fiance Rebecca. He wants to ensure that Christopher and John Ross’s relationship isn’t as tumultuous as Bobby and JR’s.

Ann Ewing (Brenda Strong) is the third wife of Bobby Ewing and is his rock. Introduced by mutual friend Sue Ellen, Bobby was instantly struck by Ann’s quiet strength and beauty. A consummate horse cutter, she fell in love with SouthFork Ranch. They quickly fell in love and married, and the pair settled in to SouthFork and began making it their own. A woman who can work a gun and ride a stallion, Ann fits right into the Ewing lineup of beautiful women who know their way around a ranch. Ann’s first marriage to big-time Texas transportation executive Harris Ryland, a man who’s as sly as he is rich, continues to haunt Ann in her new life. But despite her past, she is a supportive wife to Bobby and has assumed her role as the new matriarch of SouthFork with dignity and grace.

Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe) is the adopted son of Bobby Ewing and his first wife, Pam. Ever since childhood, Christopher was keenly aware that he was adopted, and his cousin John Ross was always eager to remind him that he wasn’t a “real Ewing.” Growing up, his was the softer temperament to that of John Ross, who frequently used Christopher as a scapegoat for his shenanigans. Together with Elena, the cousins were best friends during their formative years, before John Ross left for Europe. Christopher worked hard and aimed to make the Ewing name great again, all while harboring insecurities about his place in the family. At grad school, Christopher later fell deeply in love with Elena and proposed to her. But when Elena broke off their engagement on the day of their wedding, a heartbroken Christopher fled to Asia to research alternative energies. While overseas, he fell in love with the beautiful Rebecca Sutter who was traveling after completing her law degree. The pair were engaged and returned to SouthFork to plan their wedding, with Christopher determined to make a name for himself in the alternative fuel industry without the financial favors of his father.

Beautiful and intelligent Rebecca Sutter (Julie Gonzalo) and Christopher Ewing met on a train in Asia, just days after he arrived overseas, heartbroken. Despite his traumatic break up, Christopher was intrigued by the friendly American girl who was traveling Asia after completing law school. Rebecca is a self made woman, having lost her parents at a young age in a car accident, leaving her to grow up alone with her brother Tommy. She worked hard to put herself through law school with Tommy’s support. Meeting Christopher was the greatest thing to happen in her life, and for the first time in a long time, she feels truly safe and ready to lean on someone. Soon after she arrives at SouthFork, she quickly befriends Elena in the hopes of learning more about Christopher and finding her own place at SouthFork as the new Mrs. Ewing.
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Series Finale

Episode #40 — Endgame
Christopher races to find Elena, Bobby is double-crossed by the cartel. No longer able to sit by, John Ross puts his own life on the line to attempt a rescue and the Ewings and the Rylands finally force the cartel to pay the piper as some lives are saved and others are lost.
First aired: September 22, 2014

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What do you think? Do you like the next generation of Dallas? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?

 

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Chris Downing March 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Great characters, great show. Put in on air at a sensible time and on a proper popular channel and it would be watched by millions! Put the pressure on the other channels to show it. Shame on Channel 5.

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Anonymous March 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I am loving the new Dallas. I hate reality shows and this is a great night time soap. Please don’t take it off the air.

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Eliot March 19, 2013 at 4:44 am

One of my favorite shows growing up, was the original Dallas, I even believe one of the most watched single shows, was “who shot J.R.” They left the cliffhanger that series while they worked out contract disputes, how ironic that in the original series j.r. S TV father passed away in real life, and now well over 20 years later the same thing happens with Larry hagman, I’m not sure if the series could have ever been resarected with out Larry hagman, I believe if the show continues, the show will still relvove around J.R and his greatest master plan, or atleast I hope it does, the new cast is great as well as the original, but I’m not sure if the younger generation, will truly ever appreciate, just how much the original series brought to TV back in the 1980s

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jada williams March 17, 2013 at 8:59 am

Im 13 years old and i love dallas. R.I.P to Jr. We qll miss and love you. Booby please dont leave ann she is a good woman. John ross your father is in a better place. Christipher you will finf your mother. Love to all the dallas cast. Take the barns down. Not pamala.

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Leah March 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I absolutely love new Dallas! They’ve really hit the right note with it, and the writting is solid gold! I think JR’s been amazing! I was very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing, he really was what legends are made of.
My only complaint would be that they show it pretty late over here in the UK, So most people are recording it and watching it on catch up. That’s fine but doesn’t count towards their viewing ratings, and I heard a horrible rumour that there was talk of it being axed because it wasn’t pulling in the viewers! Really hope that’s not the case!

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Zachary Summers February 20, 2013 at 1:55 am

I love this show! I hope they keep it going because that is what Larry Hagman would want from his costars. Can’t wait for more episodes! If they cancel I wouldn’t be surprised but I doubt they would cancel it!

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John Davey February 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm

J R and Larry Hagman were the greatest and will be immortal.

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Judy January 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I just came across it this morning by accident. I am thrilled that it is back on and I hope they keep it going eventhough Larry Hagman has passed. JR would have wanted it to go on. Jon Ross Jr looks like he could step right into his daddy’s footsteps and keep the suspense going. Wish there were more of the old characters on it. But it was great to see Due Ellen, Cliff Barnes and Bobby Ewing. Love that show.

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sue January 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm

loving the old dallas on cbs drama. been watching it head to head from september 2011 and ends in just over 4 weeks, brilll

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RKB December 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

LET IT GO DALLAS 2012 WILL NEVER RATE LIKE THE ORIGINAL LET IT PASS IN THE NITE NO ONE WILL MISS IT HONESTLY

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Gill December 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

What will they do now that Larry Hagman has died?? and is that the reason why the series has stopped over here in London?

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admin December 9, 2012 at 8:00 am

No, the second season hasn’t started here yet.

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Ines October 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I am also very disappointed that channel nine has taken Dallas off air it was change to all the other shows currently on ,sham on you…..

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john September 26, 2012 at 4:52 am

i, for one, am enjoying the new version of dallas…a lot!

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Eve September 22, 2012 at 7:26 am

Spewing about Dallas 2012 was really loving it plz bring it back to channel nine or another channel ,just bring it back

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Lisa September 12, 2012 at 5:51 am

Would love to comment – have enjoyed the last 3 eps but chanel 9 in Australia looks like they have canned the show – so dissapointed – Loved the original Dallas – cannot find out if they will continue (channel (9))

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Donna September 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I agree with you Lisa! It was just getting good, shame on channel 9. I heard this morning that they have cancelled it, hope its moved to another channel…

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