Dallas: Three Original Stars Reunite for “Next Generation” Series Pilot

DallasBack when “Who Shot J.R.?” was sweeping the country, Larry Hagman decided he could use this phenomenon to play hardball and get a big pay raise on Dallas. It ended up working very well for him. More recently, Hagman was reportedly holding out for more money to secure his involvement in the new Dallas pilot that’s being shot for TNT. Things came down to the wire so that producers actually prepared two pilot scripts, one of which would have shown J.R. Ewing in flashbacks only, via footage from the original series.

Now, it appears Hagman is on board for the project, as are Patrick Duffy and and Linda Gray. The new Dallas series will revolve around conflict between John Ross (Josh Henderson), the son of Sue Ellen and J.R., and Christopher, the adopted son of Bobby and Pam. When we last saw the young men in the first reunion movie, they were getting along quite well. That doesn’t make for good drama of course and now apparently their relationship has gone south — at least in part because of a young beauty named Elena (Jordana Brewster). It’s unknown how involved the senior members of the family will be if the pilot gets picked up as a regular series.

Here’s the press release from TNT…

TNT’s Pilot of Updated “Dallas” to Feature Returns of Original Series Stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray
Cast of Younger Dallas Generation to Include Jordana Brewster and Josh Henderson

Three iconic stars who played pivotal roles in the original version of Dallas have joined two next-generation talents in the cast for TNT’s pilot of an update of the famed series.

The original Dallas ran from 1978 to 1991 and followed the Ewing family of Southfork. The modern story of Dallas focuses on the Ewing offspring — J.R. Ewing’s son, John Ross, and the adopted son of Bobby and Pam Ewing, Christopher — as they clash over the future of the family dynasty.

The updated Dallas will include original series stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray. Hagman gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of oil baron J.R. Ewing. Gray played J.R.’s wife, Sue Ellen Ewing, while Duffy portrayed J.R.’s younger brother Bobby. In the pilot for the new Dallas, Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives) will play John Ross. Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious) will play Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross.

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. The pilot script is based on characters created by David Jacobs. The updated version of Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television. Michael M. Robin (The Closer) is the director and executive-producer for the pilot.

About Warner Horizon Television
Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s fastest-growing television companies, specializing in the creation 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 is currently producing more than a dozen projects. Its unscripted shows include The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad and the upcoming Take the Money and Run for ABC, School Pride for NBC and Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew for MTV, among others. Scripted programs from WHTV include Rizzoli & Isles and Memphis Beat for TNT, Glory Daze for TBS and Pretty Little Liars for ABC Family, among others.

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; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; Hawthorne, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula; and Southland, from Emmy?-winning producer John Wells (ER); as well as the upcoming Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle, and Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer. TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting in late 2011, The Mentalist; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards?; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. TNT is available in high-definition.

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

What do you think? Were you a fan of the original Dallas TV show? Does the new series interest you?

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  1. Norma Castillo--Munguia says

    I remember how each character had an enormous impact but that J.R. took the icing off the cake, waiting for the new series it will bring back all memories as I was in my mid 20’s hurry up looking forward to my favorite drama series !!!!

  2. Joann says

    Just put Dallas back on TV and the true fans will watch.
    We’ve been waiting a long time to see old JR and Bobby fight in the pool again, the Ewing’s try to rule Dallas and Sue Ellen try to out smart JR. Big Dallas fan and can’t wait till summer 2012 comes. Why wait bring it on NOW!

  3. sunshine says

    I personally am glad that Dallas is returning. It is not a lot of good shows on any more and we need some excitement. I pray it is a big hit.

    • says

      after watching that show for as maney years that our house hold and meney years outher familys have whatched dallas thay should be able to see it on a local channel in dallas i personaly live aproximantle 19 miles from there and been to southfork many times its just one of those things you neveer get tired of whene people come to vist the first thing than want do is go to southfork,thgen fortworth and bill bobs

  4. Ken Mitkowski says

    Great News!
    Don’t wait til the summer of 2012. You have a hit right now . Start filming! It will be
    great again to see some talented actors and a good dramatic series. It will raise
    the bar for TV programming and the audience will love it. The public is sick
    of cheat sit-coms, no-talented actors , cops & robbers shows and dancing with nobody. This series might be a start of quality programming that has been missing for a decade.

  5. greg foster says

    not to sound negative but what is going to happen to ray kreebs cliff barnes lucy,did pam really die in that car crash,whatever happen to the oil cartel? in other words,you really should not move forward untill you clear up the past!

  6. David Howard says

    I was a very big fan of Dallas in the 80″s and 90’s. My favorite character was Lucy Ewing . I hope Charlene Tilton will make some appearances on the new Dallas. OMG!!! I am so excited and I can’t wait to meet the new generations of Ewings. Also I wonder was Victoria Principle asked to join the new Dallas as well. This is going to be a blast. TNT you have gold on your hands and I can’t wait to watch it. Dallas Fan forever.

  7. Maddy says

    Can not wait for the new revival of the show Dallas. Does anyone know when it will return to regular TV? The date, channel and time slot? Maddy

  8. says

    I loved Dallas ! I even watched the reruns on the soap network faithfully!! I am so looking forward to the new Dallas. O f course my favorites are the original cast members. They are truly icons. I hope it will be a total success! We Baby boomers need some tv programs we so enjoyed in the early years. So much trash on television these days. Hope they keep Dallas clean.

  9. Sidney Gladstone says

    You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. It’s like trying to wake up Shakespeare and asking him to write a sequel to one of his plays. Yes, let’s let sleeping dogs lie. Especially in a case like this one, we should let the show do what it would probably have done had not a few unimaginative capitalists wanted to wake up the ghost.

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