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Dallas revival to get 10 episodes: First picture


Story by Jack Foley

DALLAS is coming back to our screens with 10 new episodes featuring original cast members Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.

TNT confirmed on Friday that it has ordered 10 episodes of the modern make-over of the 1980s hit and will preview the pilot episode on US TV during the season premieres of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles this Monday night (July 11, 2011).

The full series is then due to air next summer.

Commenting on the decision to press ahead with the full series, Michael Wright head of programming for TNT told Entertainment Weekly: “TNT has explored the possibility of an updated version of Dallas for several years, but it wasn’t until we read Cynthia Cidre’s outstanding pilot script that we knew we had the foundation for a great new series.

“It is incredibly exciting to see both new and familiar characters in the hands of a dream cast.”

A statement from TNT then tells viewers what to expect from the pilot, while introducing some of the new characters (photographed above):

“The original Dallas aired from 1978 to 1991 and centered on the Ewing family, a cattle and oil dynasty occupying the expansive Southfork Ranch in Texas.

“The new version will focus on the Ewing offspring – J.R. Ewing’s son John Ross (Josh Henderson of Desperate Housewives), and Christopher, the adopted son of Bobby and Pam Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe of Desperate Housewives) – as they clash over the family dynasty’s future.

“Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious) stars as Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross. Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) stars as Christopher’s fiancée Rebecca.

“The updated Dallas will feature original series stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray. Hagman gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of oil baron J.R. Ewing. Gray played J.R.’s wife Sue Ellen Ewing, while Duffy portrayed J.R.’s younger brother Bobby.”

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