Dallas: What Past Storylines and Characters Should Be Revisited?

DallasTNT recently released more information about the pilot for a new Dallas TV series. Unlike most other new incarnations of classic shows, this one will be a continuation of the original, not a reboot. Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray have all signed on to play their original characters. The new 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.

Its unclear how much of the original series’ history will be incorporated into the pilot and (if it gets a greenlight) a new series. Producers would like to satisfy fans of the original but obviously wouldn’t want to scare off potential new viewers by overwhelming them with backstory.

Still, with 14 years of history from the original Dallas, there are lots of storylines and characters that could be utilized in some way.

J.R. had at least one illegitimate son that we saw during the series — James Richard Beaumont (Sasha Mitchell). At one point, he tried to keep J.R. locked away in a sanitarium and ended up moving back East to get away from his father.

How about the return of Pam? When Victoria Principal left the Dallas, Pam was badly burned in a car accident with an oil truck. Pam later returned after plastic surgery, played by Margaret Michaels. The character eventually left the series because she didn’t want her loved ones to see her die of a fatal illness. Pam’s death is never actually mentioned or confirmed so presumably she could return. Word is that, in the new series, Bobby is remarried to a woman named Ann.

How about Pamela Cooper, the daughter of Ewing longtime nemesis Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval)? Or, how about seeing the some of the Knots Landing characters again and perhaps their offspring? Surely there are more.

What do you think? What older storylines would you like to see explored? Which characters would you like to see return?

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  1. Jimmy says

    I think because there were so many former characters,and so very many former storylines,that it would be feasible to bring some of them back,even if by just “name dropping” some characters,such as Harve Smithfield,Jrs. lawyer,who could now have a grandson ,who like his granddad,could be a real straight-shooter honest guy.What about April`s little sister?How about other character`s relatives?:granddaughter`s former boyfriend, Mickey,who died after one season?He could have a nephew,or someone who would come along with some news?Maybe someone connected to Jack Ewing,who also passed away?You see,this could go on and on,so there really is no good reason to stop writing for it.There will always be fans for Dallas!If all else fails,get Pricilla Presley to manage advertising,etc.(Jenna Wade)

  2. says

    PAMELA OF COURSE. SHE WILL NEVER RETURN, FOR SOME REASON SHE FELT HER ACTING ABILITIES WERE NOT UTILIZED THE WAY SHE WANTED. SHE WAS NOT A TEAM PLAYER, LIKE SUE ELLEN.

    DON’T GET ME WRONG, I LOVE THE CHARACTER OF PAMELA EWING PLAYED BY VICTORIA PRINCIPAL. NO ONE CAN BE HER, AND NO ONE CAN BE JR, BUT LARRY HAGMAN.

    I LOVE THE NEW DALLAS, THE ACTORS ARE REALLY BELIEVABLE AND MY HUSBAND ENJOY THE NEW DALLAS TOO. UNFORTUNATELY, HE PASTED AWAY DEC 21, 2012. I MISS HIM AND I WILL MISS THE CHARACTER JR.

    GOOD LUCK NEW DALLAS, YOU WILL MAKE IT – I KNOW FOR SURE YOU WILL – ITS IN THE CARDS.

  3. gloria says

    I would love to see KnotLanding come back. I sure hope that Dallas would consider adding them to the show. Or do another spin off again.

  4. Pat says

    Pam needs to come back. Please do your best to bring her back. Pam and Bobby belong together. No one else will do.

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