Okay, admit it: if you were a TV watcher in the 80s, at some point you loved ‘Dallas‘, the show that basically defined the prime-time soap opera and ruled its niche for a good part of its thirteen-year run on CBS.
I have no shame in admitting I wondered ‘who shot J.R.’, or wondering what on Earth was going on when Bobby Ewing, hit by a car and killed at the end of one season, showed up alive and well in the final scene of the following season.
It was all a dream!
TNT is out to try to recreate the ratings dominance of the original ‘Dallas’ with a sequel series, and they’re bringing back some familiar faces and names to do it.
TNT announced that original ‘Dallas’ stars Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing), and Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) would be returning for the pilot of the new series, which would focus on the next generation of the Ewing clan, battling for control of their oil empire.
Whether or not they will remain a part of the series should it be picked up remains to be seen, but the options are in place for that to happen if the pilot does well.
The bigger question is will today’s TV audiences want to watch a show about millionaire sibling oil barons feuding with one another when we’re all counting pennies to afford a gallon of gas?