Dallas: TNT Orders a Pilot for “Next Generation” Series

Dallas TV showLast October, we reported on early plans by Warner Bros. to do a Dallas: The Next Generation-style show for sister company TNT. The rumor was that the new Dallas series would focus on the offspring of some of the original main cast — John Ross III, the son of J.R. (Larry Hagman) and Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), and Christopher, the adopted son of Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Pam (Victoria Principal).

Hagman, Gray and Duffy had reportedly been contacted to see if they’d be interested in taking part (Principal’s character was in an accident and her face was dramatically altered by plastic surgery). Hagman said that he’d be open to it but his interest really would depend on the quality script. And, not surprisingly, that was the last we heard of it. Projects like this often fall by the wayside.

Today, TNT announced plans to shoot a pilot for a new Dallas series. Here’s the info from the press release:

Dallas: Executive producer Cynthia Cidre, writer of the acclaimed film The Mambo Kings and creator/executive producer of the TV series Cane, has crafted an update of the long-running series about the Ewings of Southfork, whose betrayals, jealousies and passions have made them famous.

The story focuses on the offspring of bitter rivals and brothers JR and Bobby Ewing, who clash over the future of the Ewing dynasty while the fate of Southfork itself weighs in the balance. This project, based upon the iconic series created by David Jacobs, comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television.

It’s unknown what ages the next generation will be in this new incarnation or if Omri Katz, the actor who played John Ross III for seven seasons and in the reunion movie, will be considered. He’s now 34 and, based on his IMDB resume, hasn’t been very active in the business for awhile.

What do you think? Are you interested in seeing a continuation of the Dallas series or should they do a reboot instead (ala CBS’ upcoming Hawaii Five-0)?

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  1. jeannie says

    Dallas was and always will be THE BEST program on TV. Even today I put Dallas in and opt out of regular TV. These reality shows..ugh!

  2. Amy says

    YAY!!!! I would LOVE for a new generation of Dallas to return to tv. There isn’t anything good to watch on most nights, and if this is done right, and done like the original series was, then this will be the show to tune in to each week. How fun it would be to have the anticipation of “what will happen next week” again with a tv show. I’m sick to death of all these reality shows. Bring back the good old nighttime soaps!

  3. Vivian says

    Terrific!!! I watched “Dallas” faithfully and cannot wait for the new series to begin! How great can it be to see some of the original cast members again! Brilliant idea!!!!

  4. Andrew says

    Go for it, it was a great show with great charcters. I have a feeling the next generation would be just as great with the revival of their TV parents roles.

  5. Rosanne says

    I would be thrilled to have this series come back. I am currently watching the 11th season. I do this everyday on my lunch hour. This is a great show. I just hope I will be able to get the DVD’s for this to add to my collection. I only wish more of the original characters would come back.

  6. says

    fantastic news I CANT WAIT, i have just watched season 13 and i have ordered season 14 which is out in march so this news has cheered me up no end and kiefer sutherland playing GR son well what can i say he was fantastic on 24 and i know he will be brilliant on Dallas .I will be glued to it ,so exciting [sad arnt i LOL] SOYA who was in lost i think he is going to be bobby son sorry forgot his name thats good news too and most of all the best news is larry hagman is going to be on it yeah how cool is that

  7. Bowie says

    Dallas coming back with some of the original characters is fantastic. A great show.
    It’s timeless. Their age is irrelevant. We did’nt watch it for JR’s looks anyway. Linda Gray still looks great, as does Bobby. Can’t wait till the theme song begins. Speakers blarring loud!

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