If there’s one thing TNT wants you to take away from the teaser for its new version of “Dallas,” it’s this: The show is not a remake, just a continuation of the story that played out for 13 seasons from 1978-91 on CBS.
“Television’s landmark drama returns,” the voiceover intones on the teaser, which aired during “The Closer” on Monday night (July 11). Sure, there’s been a 21-year break (not counting a couple of TV movies in the latter half of the ’90s) since the last episode, but unlike, say, “Hawaii Five-0” or ABC’s upcoming “Charlie’s Angels,” TNT is selling continuity with the old show.
Three prominent cast members from the original — Patrick Duffy, Larry Hagman and Linda Gray — are in the new series, which centers on J.R.’s (Hagman) son John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Bobby’s (Duffy) adopted son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe). And from the glimpses we get of them, the old hands haven’t changed too much in the intervening years: Bobby’s still conflicted about his family’s legacy, and J.R. still wants everything he can get his hands on.
You’ll have to wait until summer 2012 to see the full show, but we’re guessing the next 12 months will include more teases of “Dallas.” For now, what do you think of the teaser?