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Dallas: TNT Orders New TV Series

Dallas 2012 TV seriesIt’s time to go back to Southfork! TNT has given a greenlight to their new Dallas series. The TV show will pick up years after the end of the popular CBS TV series and subsequent reunion movies. Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, and others will return to their beloved roles and will hopefully be around for more than just the pilot.

TNT has ordered 10 episodes and the new Dallas is expected to premiere next summer. A special sneak peak will air this Monday night on TNT.

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 fiancee, Rebecca. And Strong stars as Ann, Bobby’s wife.

Executive producer Cynthia Cidre, who wrote the acclaimed film The Mambo Kings and produced the TV series Cane, wrote the pilot for the new DALLAS. TNT’s series is based on the original series created by David Jacobs. The new Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television. Michael M. Robin (The Closer) is the director and executive-producer of the pilot.

About Warner Horizon Television
Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of scripted series for the cable marketplace and primetime reality series for both network and cable. Founded in 2006, this second production entity allows the Warner Bros. Television Group to expand its programming offerings and explore creative options made possible under a new business model. WHTV’s current unscripted series are The Voice for NBC, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad and the upcoming Take the Money and Run for ABC, H8R for The CW and Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew for MTV. Scripted programs from WHTV are Rizzoli & Isles and Memphis Beat for TNT, as well as Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game for ABC Family.

About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy? winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; the Peabody Award-winning Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher; Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle; Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; Hawthorne, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER). TNT also presents such powerful dramas as The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting next year, Castle; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards?; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

What do you think? Will you be watching the new Dallas on TNT? Plan to watch the sneak preview on Monday night?

 

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Michael S April 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I think the new Dallas is off the chain. I think if given a chance could be as great as the original.

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Barbara Finley August 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

I just love the New Dallas Series, but I wouldn’t be watching it if J.R., Bobby or Sue Ellen weren’t on it. I do hope they bring the rest of the original cast back from the first Dallas that’s still around.

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Jeanine August 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I love it. So happy to watch this my husband and I feel this is one of the best TV shows on TV. When does second season start? I was a die hard dallas, knots landing so I love it.

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A.Christopher Lacunza July 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I wrote a story or a “script treatment” and sent it to the president Michael Wright, and the vice president of developement Sharon Byron at TNT/TBS network, it was also for the executive producers at WarnerBros.TV/ Warner Horizon – TV, for the rebooted new “Dallas”series. I was told it is a good story, it had a good story lines, and was true and sincere to the original “Dallas” series, and the made for television movies. It can be updated and revised to be used for the new second season. I would like to see more of the original cast members as well as latter additions brought back and used on a more regular basis, not just a recurring role status. The diehard fans have no real connection to all the new characters on the series, the executive producers need to bring back more or as many of the original cast and latter additions and characters to mix with the new cast. Also it is time to resurect and bring back the character of Pamela Barnes Ewing from the presumed dead. And since Victoria Principal no longer wishes to do the role, bring back Margaret Michaels to do the role, she played her briefly as Pamela Barnes Ewing#2/Pamela Monahan, as well as Pam look a like Jeanne O’ Brien. And it also makes sense, becouse of her storyline. Also I think the diehard fans want to see a reunion with Bobby and Christopher, Cliff, as well as a remarrage of Pamela to Bobby. Besides it make for a good story line, and her return would have or cause a massive rippling effect with all the characters of the new series. Also a catalist to bring more of the original casts and latter additions to the new show, that made the original series what it was. If the executive producers can bring back “Dallas”, they can also bring back its spin-off sister series “Knots Landing”, and do the samething that they did to “Dallas”. I do not have a computer or always access to one, so it is better by phone or mail to contact me, not my email. And I really want to work on the new “Dallas” series as a consultant, writer, executive producer. I can be of real use to the people who are on the series, network, studio.

Sincerely,
Chris Lacunza

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MN July 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Dang, Where is the old Dallas glamour? All the sets are dark and dingy, there is no fashion to speak of, everyone is so common looking,,,this is certainly not the old Dallas.
Even the places where these people live are unimpressive, is this budget or lack of creativity? Or do they simply call that more contemporary? I miss Victoria Principal too, she owes it to us to come back!!!!

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Lucky lady June 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I’ve been looking forward to this series starting, and somehow missed the pilot and first show. Is there a way to see these? I loved Dallas and rember my family hurdled around yelling at JR. We are sick of the alphabet stations, so we are very much looking forward to this show. Linda Grey looks wonderful!

Oh. and BTW, we wouldn’t have known it started except that Rush was talking abnout it on his radio show.

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Anonymous June 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I love it yes it is old but it was a great. I think it is exciting to see how creative the writers are to keep every one glue to the TV. Go Dallas!!!!!!!!

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