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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26 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. says

    I want to watch it, but I don’t get cable, I think it should be on a prime network. They would certainly get more followers. Nice to have something different for the summer. Hope everyone else enjoys it!

  2. sam says

    Ill will defo be watching the new series . Im catching up on the original one at the minute on CBS Drama. Can’t wait to see the new series. Its just a pity that some more original characters couldn’t come back. It would be good to watch them all in it again. Good luck with it and i hope it lasts.

  3. Dan says

    Very excited about the return of this iconic show. It is a real tribute to the fans an to the staying power of its original stars, and so clever that it is a continuation and not a reboot or remake. What I have read and seen so far looks great. Love the way it’s being filmed, and that original actors are being featured alongside the younger next generation. Of course, if it turns out to be just about the young ones, it will likely lose the fans of the original show.

    Sad to see that Victoria Principal has not yet been approached, since her exit from the show was never handled properly or resolved to the satisfaction of most fans. Hopefully this will be rectified and she will return as Pam.

  4. Michele says

    Most definately.. We love Dallas (Have every season in DVD) I wish I would have read this earlier to watch the sneak preview on Monday night…. But for now I will have to write it down on next year’s calendar & pray that I remember why I wrote it, haha…..

  5. Anonymous says

    Absolutely a Great Ideal. I hate the crap that is on tv now. I miss Dallas, Falcon Crest and Dynasty. And,I especially miss KNOTS LANDING, this was the best show out of all them. They need to bring all the reruns of these old shows. (this is a clue to you TNT).

    You would think somebody would take advantage of these types of series but you definetly need good writers to develop good plot lines in order to keep people watching and that is why all those series I mentioned we’re OUTSTANDING.

  6. Debra says

    Yes of course I will be watching. It was a Friday night can’t miss event (before tevo)
    My favorite show. Our daughter is getting married in August 2011 at Southfork Ranch
    so of course we will not miss the new Dallas Series. Love the old and the new-and quite frankly tired of so much Reality TV. GO DALLAS!

  7. Laurie says

    Yes, I’ll be watching. Brings back fond memories of Friday nights. Can’t believe you are teasing us with this information until NEXT summer!

  8. Kevin says

    Ok why bring this damned show back after like along time off the air..?? use this money and bring back Human Target ..a much better show then Dallas ever was. TNT needs to use the money to revive this show to renew Franklin and Bash, bring back Human target from the retarded Rupter Murdock Fox company…and develope new shows. Don’t they know all soaps are dying and that CBS,NBC and ABC canceled all there soaps cause of cost and not making money

  9. Sambo says

    Another re-do of a long expired and tired show instead of keeping the TNT originality blasting forward? Sorry, not interested in a Dallas zombie. I finished Dallas and moved on. Too bad TNT didn’t and can’t leave the dead in peace.

  10. fred alvaro says

    I have oil rig pictures that wee once noticked to be shown in JR’s office in Dallas TV Please let me
    know if you can use them. Thanks.

  11. says

    I am totally into Dallas’ show.

    I was expecting JR Ewing’s rival Ken Kercheval as Cliff Barnes and his “sister” Pamela Barnes-Ewing (Victoria Principal) to return the Dallas show…eventho she got an accident in end of season 10 – she burnt her face/body but with her current face lift to mask her burnt face on the show? I personally think it would be great to see her back on the show.

    What about (always short role) Ted Shackelford as Gary Ewing? And his daughter Charlene Tilton as Lucy? And her “doctor” husband, Leigh McCloskey? Where’s all of the Ewing’s half brother – Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs?

    I am not fond of currently Hollywood’s too good to be true on television with their fake Crest whitening teeth and all had “braces”. That is no good show if it is just like another Spanish speaking channel with their perfect faces. Come on, just be original! Jordana Brewser…ummmm….OKAYYYY but it is not what I am looking for in this show.

    I was expecting a movie not TV series. I *believe* it will not last long because those new characters has no sparks for DALLAS. It would be nice to see JR Ewing gets Sue Ellen to marry him for the third charm.

    Good luck and hope it lasts…I hope Larry Hagman has energy for this “DALLAS: Next Generation” series.

    No pun taken (I am still watching 11th seasons on DVD and trying to complete all of the series before next summer series.)

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