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Dallas: Is the New TNT Series Worth Watching?

Dallas TV show on TNTThe big night is finally here. The Ewings of Dallas are back on the air after 14 years away. Will this new series outlast the original or does it deserve to be quickly cancelled instead?

The new Dallas on TNT is a continuation of the primetime soap opera that began in 1978. John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) are fighting over Southfork, just like their fathers (Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy) did back in the CBS days. Others in the cast include Linda Gray, Brenda Strong, Jordana Brewster, and Julie Gonzalo.

Is the new Dallas worth your time? Here’s what some of the critics are saying:

NY Daily News: “So we’ve got love and money both in play here, and soon they swirl together into a tale that’s got more kick than Texas chili made with live rattlesnakes. It’s also soapy, of course, not to mention campy. Hagman in particular hasn’t lost an ounce of his villainous sleaze. No one expects Dallas to have the kind of reach now that it had three decades ago. But between old fans who will enjoy a revisit and young folks who never even heard of Miss Ellie, TNT is placing a sound bet.”

TV Guide: “Unfortunately, these young ‘uns are not larger than life, paling next to the icons that bore them, buzzing around like gnats in the shadow of legends. Still, the comfort level in the new/old Dallas is considerable, as we gawk at which of the old-timers is still on their game and who are the worse for wear. (Linda Gray’s Sue Ellen seems especially mummified, given no help by the writers turning her into a most improbable politician and professional wet blanket. She was more fun when she drank.) The show’s predictably melodramatic rhythms and telegraphed twists will be like nectar to those still pining for this old-school style of skullduggery.”

USA Today: “Forget Dallas; they should have called it Thebes. You can find mummies who look fresher than this mold-encrusted relic, and who have newer ideas in their empty, embalmed heads. Not, of course, that this embarrassing throwback has any idea to offer beyond a desire to cash in on the standard-setting success of the CBS original in the 1980s… There will no doubt be some out there who so loved the original Dallas, they’ll still find this little “D” enchanting. There will be others who come for the camp value alone, from the wooden performances to the often risible dialogue. As for the rest of us, we can be grateful that a busy TV summer offers plenty of other choices.”

LA Times: “Then as now — and acknowledging some good work among the younger set, especially the Texas-born Henderson — it is Hagman’s show. To say there is no series here that would be worth watching without him is indeed only to point out another way in which the new Dallas is very much like the old… The pilot dawdles until the right word rouses [JR] back to action like a demon from his thousand-year sleep. His eyes light up, and the party starts.”

Hollywood Reporter: “The writing is not there. Neither is the acting. And the plot -– well, it’s not like that was a strong point of the original version anyway. But none of the elements is present, just soap bubbles and silliness. This is a remake that should never have been remade.”

STL Today: “TNT has wisely scheduled Dallas for 10 episodes, all completed before the premiere. More could be ordered, but at least the audience can be assured of one complete story arc. Executive producer Cynthia Cidre (Cane) and her team have provided many entry points for new viewers, and references they may not get are either explained or expendable. The young cast, especially the male leads, is appealing, and the show looks good, benefiting from shooting on location in Dallas. The storytelling was compelling enough to lead me to watch three episodes (TNT provided all 10) in a row.”

Tampa Bay Times: “Filmed for the HD world with better landscapes, better acting and slightly better writing, this newly retooled Dallas feels upgraded from the early, fumbling pace of the original series’ early days… I’m probably in the minority, but for me a world of oil leases, adultery and methane gas wasn’t quite enough to snare the attention of the iPad generation, anymore.”

So, the critics are quite mixed on the new Dallas series to say the least.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the original? Have you watched the new series? Will you go back to watch again?

 

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Michael October 12, 2014 at 4:29 am

Please don’t cancel Dallas series!! Give it time and it will rise!!

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Daniela Flores September 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I ‘be been watching Dallas since. Bobby was on the show the man from Atlantis I feel I have Histhory with Dallas their awesome_never a dull moment keep up the excellent work! A Must to see please contiue!

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Michael September 16, 2014 at 1:33 am

They need to keep making dallas there ain’t no show better than the ones in the 80.Dont care for the new stuff they play so I think they need to keep making dallas and put it on all year long

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Melissa R April 15, 2014 at 2:36 am

I like the older version of Dallas from 1978 . I like the new version of Dallas as well & look forward to watching the next season . I watch it every time its on .Please keep it going its awesome .No reason to cancel the new dallas . John Ross keeps everything going & that’s what keeps the ratings up .

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George Ryals April 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

why after all the years that Dallas was off and then the new series came out and just as alot of people enjoyed the new series, now you are taking it off,just because J.R. died in real life, now you going to end the series. yet when Jock died on the old series and Ms. Elly died the series keep going. I wish you wouldn’t end the new Series but keep it on, for I enjoyed watching it very much and have not missed any part of it.

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frances April 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm

leave the new dallas on it getting really good to watch I would hate for it to stop now it all most like the old dallas

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Regina April 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Dallas-The only show on tv that I watch EVERY week. It is by far the best written show I’ve seen in years. Storylines that keep you guessing. Loving every minute with the Ewings for the second time around. Thanks for bringing the Ewings back!!

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madam March 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Where has all the glam gone in the new version?

All the young ladies look the same to me as do all the new guys which makes it hard to follow what and who.

The filming style is a big no no. The ranch looks like its shrunk. All these millionaires going round looking like tramps?

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Johnny C. February 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I watched the original Dallas faithfully, and now that they have made the new Dallas I still watch it faithfully. I’m really sick of watching all these reality shows, watching a night time soap has now become refreshing. If you don’t like the show then don’t watch it, don’t spoil this for the rest of us with your dumb comments!

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Don Castellani February 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

The new Dallas is very entertaining and has very good possibilities. The young cast is on the whole very good. Comparing the new Dallas to the original Dallas would be like comparing Paul McCartney ( who was exceptional on his own ) to the Beatles. It is an unfair comparison.

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anna whitworth January 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Don’t you even think about taking dallas off the air..it is well worth watching for every minute it is on.so please dont take it off the air.

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dave longo November 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Now that Larry past and Dallas just come back i had said yrs and yrs ago to re make this show,they waited to long but now writters need to make john ross 3 times bad as his daddy was ,fries he needs to team with chris and take down cliff barns and his doughter ,then go after ewing enegery

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John Werner November 24, 2012 at 3:08 am

While long-time fans will easily admit the latter day Dallas is a pale imitation of the original series, that isn’t a slam. The fact is that the new Dallas has legs and it if one lets it stand more as an inspired later day series it does quite well. Well you zy? Yes, it has the backbone of what made the original so devilishly good; J.R. is still trying to get the goods on Bobby as well as anyone else who stands between him and his beloved SouthFork. This is a premise worth revisiting and the new Dallas does just that and doesn’t make excuses for doing so. In fact it relishes in it and since even at this late date JR is still the standard for all villians the series has a real pulse. Bobby is the new combination Miss Ellie and “good” Jock as he stands for everything pure. JR is still the ultimate “black sheep” you love in spite of knowing you shouldn’t. This is the crux of what made Dallas great and it is the reason The New Dallas doesn’t have to depend on the new faces and their much weaker storyline. The old bad blood is there and it propels everything in spite of a decidedly weaker new storyline. The writers are fully aware of that and as the season progresses it seems to mimic the basic premise of the old show much more, and to good effect.

So, after a shaky start in it’s later day incarnation The New Dallas works. It isn’t a game-changing blockbuster like the original, but it is in no way a sad imitation either. As stated: it has “legs” and can stand on it’s own since it has some of the integral origianl cast (namely JR and Bobby), which it moves it forward fairly well in a realistic sense.

Late breaking news: November 23rd, 2012, Larry Hagman succumbs to his battle with throat cancer due to complications. This is not only a loss to Mr. Hagman’ family, but to one of the largest fan bases any actor ever created. This is a worldwide loss and even though Dallas got a second season starting in January 2013 casts doubt that The New Dallas will be able to survive. If ever a show was based on an array of characters that all depended on one central character Dallas was it and remains to be so. Rest in peace JR, I mean Larry, but someone somewhere figure out how to make The New Dallas not die with JR. Now that’s a bigger deal than even JR ever attempted.

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John October 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

The original was bad and the remake is worse. Let it fire in peace, the oil ran out 14years ago and you can not frak thay well any further there is nothing more to get from it.

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Krista August 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I used to watch the old Dallas with my Dad every Friday night. Now my son is watching the new Dallas with me!! I love it…. Please continue to make more.

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