J.R. Ewing lives again.
TNT has greenlit its long-in-development remake of “Dallas,” which will have a new cast but also feature the returns of several of the original series’ stars, including Larry Hagman as J.R. Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray will also reprise their roles as Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing.
“Dallas” will also star Josh Henderson (“90210”), Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Chase”), Jordana Brewster (“Fast Five,” “Chuck”), Julie Gonzalo (“Eli Stone”) and Brenda Strong (“Desperate Housewives”). Cynthia Cidre (“Cane,” “The Mambo Kings”) wrote the pilot and will executive produce with director Michael Robin (“The Closer,” “Nip/Tuck”).
The series won’t premiere until next summer, but viewers can get their first look at the show Monday (July 11) during the season premieres of “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles” on TNT.
The original “Dallas” aired from 1978-91 on CBS and was followed by a couple of TV movies, most recently “Dallas: War of the Ewings” in 1998. The new series will focus on J.R.’s son John Ross (Henderson; Omri Katz played the character for most of the original series) and Christopher (Metcalfe), Bobby’s adopted son. They’re involved in a love triangle over Elena (Brewster), even though Christopher’s engaged to another woman, Rebecca (Gonzalo). Strong will play Bobby’s wife, Ann.
The old “Dallas” was a giant hit for CBS, finishing as the No. 1 or No. 2 show on TV for five straight seasons in the 1980s. The infamous “Who shot J.R.?” episode in November 1980 was watched by an estimated 83 million people, making it the third most-watched episode of a scripted TV series in U.S. history (behind the finales of “M*A*S*H” and “Cheers”).