It’s hard to imagine Dallas without J.R. Ewing’s number one nemesis, Cliff Barnes, and now we won’t have to. TV Guide has reported that Ken Kercheval has signed on for a multi-episode arc on the new Dallas series which will debut next summer on TNT.
Ken Kercheval and Larry Hagman share the distinction of being the only two actors who appeared in the entire run of the original Dallas series on CBS, from April 2, 1978 until May 3, 1991. He reprised his role in the 1996 reunion movie, Dallas: JR Returns, but was not in the second one, War of the Ewings. Kercheval did however take part in the 2004 special, Dallas Reunion: The Return to Southfork, in which the cast got together to reminisce.
In July, TNT gave the go-ahead for a new Dallas TV series. It will focus on John Ross Ewing III (Josh Henderson), the son of JR Ewing (Hagman), and Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe), the adopted son of Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy). Original castmembers Hagman, Duffy, and Linda Gray have signed on for all of the first season’s 10 episodes.
It will be interesting to see what Cliff Barnes has been up to and how much, if any, of his past will be utilized in the new series. As you may recall, his late sister Pam (Victoria Principal) was married to Bobby and was mother to Christopher. Cliff had a romantic relationship with JR’s ex-wife, Sue Ellen (Gray), for awhile and even proposed to her. Cliff also had a young daughter named Pamela and reunited with her in the first reunion movie.
What do you think? Are you glad to hear Cliff Barnes is returning to Dallas? What would you like to see happen? Perhaps his daughter could be involved with one of the young Ewing men, echoing the start of the original Dallas series?