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"Dallas" review by Suzanne
Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT starting June 13, 2012

I really loved the first "Dallas" series and watched every episode when it aired the first time around. I was in high school when it started and it continued well into the 90's as I recall. It was always a very good show, even when it got a little in ridiculous one or two seasons.

You might be surprised to learn that it was not a soap opera when it first started, and J.R. was not the focus of the show. The episodes were self-contained and the focus was on Bobby and his new bride Pam. J.R. was just one of the large ensemble cast. They quickly realized they should change things, though.

This new show is also very good and it barely seems as if the show even took a break.  Sure, most of the old cast is older, and they have new characters, and they get to say some swear words. But otherwise, it's just as good as, if not better than, the old show.

They have a lot of great plot twists here and there that you don't see coming. It is a really entertaining show. The actor who plays J.R.'s grown-up son John Ross (Josh Henderson) is AMAZING and just really really great.

Bobby is married to a woman named Ann, and she has a horrible ex-husband. J.R. is catatonic in a nursing home when the show begins, but of course that doesn't last long. I love the way they turned that around. Bobby and J.R.'s sons are fighting over - what else? Ewing Oil, Southfork, and women. Just like their dads.

There are four other fabulous things I love about this show. First, they're not afraid to show people of all ages, no matter how old they look. Second, everyone has secrets, just like on any great soap opera, especially "Dallas". Third, they finally have core cast members who are Latino, which was sorely lacking on the old show. It takes place in Texas, in 2012, for god's sakes. If anything, they should have more African-Americans because Dallas has a huge black population. And four, they kept the same theme!

If you never watched an episode of the old show, you should still enjoy this one. They do a good job of introducing everyone. Anyway, I hope it's a big hit because it is outstanding and well worth your time. TNT sent me a wonderful promotional package. It was a nice box, and when you open it, has a little fold-out thing with photos of the show and then it plays the "Dallas" theme!  Really cool. And all that is just the DVD holder. It makes a nice collectible, too.

More Information:

The show stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray as returning favorites JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing, and this time they're joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Dallas will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning with two back-to-back episodes on June 13.

TNT's Dallas also stars Josh Henderson as John Ross, JR Ewing and Sue Ellen Ewing's son; Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher, Bobby's adopted son; Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos, John Ross' girlfriend and Christopher's former fiancée; Julia Gonzalo as Rebecca Sutter, Christopher's current fiancée; and Brenda Strong as Ann, Bobby's wife.

The Battle for Energy, Power, Love and Money Rages Again in TNT’s All-New Series Dallas

New Series to Air Wednesdays at 9 p.m., Beginning with Back-to-Back Episodes on June 13

The Ewings are back and only on TNT. Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray return to Southfork as JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing in TNT’s all-new series Dallas, and they’re bringing with them a whole new collection of secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they’re joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a new level. The ruthless rivalries and Texas-sized power struggles within the oil and cattle-rich Ewing dynasty are ready to heat up TNT’s summer lineup in Dallas, which will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning with two back-to-back episodes on June 13.

Fans can catch the latest Dallas news online at http://www.tnt.tv/series/dallas and via Twitter @Dallas_TNT.

TNT’s Dallas stars Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives) as John Ross, JR Ewing and Sue Ellen Ewing’s son, who is determined to undermine his grandmother’s legacy by drilling for oil on Ewing land. Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die) is Christopher, Bobby’s adopted son, who hopes to take the family business in the new direction of alternative energy sources. Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious movies) plays Elena Ramos, John Ross’s girlfriend and Christopher’s former fiancée. Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) is Rebecca Sutter, Christopher’s current fiancée, who is trying to find her place in the vast Ewing family tree. And Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives) is Ann, Bobby’s wife, whose beauty and grace are matched by a fierce resolve to maintain peace within the family.

“Bringing a show like Dallas into the 21st century has been both exciting and daunting,” said executive producer Cynthia Cidre, who took up the challenge of writing the pilot for the new series. “It would have been very easy for the show to devolve into camp or cheap melodrama. But instead, we decided to concentrate on making a smart, passionate family drama told on an epic scale. We’re especially thrilled to work so closely with the leaders of Dallas in making the city a key character in the show.”

From the very beginning of TNT’s new Dallas, it’s clear the rivalry between John Ross and Christopher is just as fierce as that of their fathers, especially when it involves the love of both of their lives, Elena. The intertwining relationship among the three is a source of constant tension that could eventually tear the Ewing family apart.

With an increasingly volatile feud now brewing between John Ross and Christopher, the stage is set for JR (Hagman) to return to his nefarious ways and rekindle his own long-standing rivalry with his younger brother, Bobby (Duffy). As the current family patriarch, Bobby will stop at nothing to keep the younger Ewings from perpetuating the battle that nearly brought down the entire family. But when a medical issue threatens his life, Bobby is forced to make a tough decision that could forever alter the lives of everyone he loves. Always ready to stir the pot is Sue Ellen Ewing (Gray), John Ross’ mother, who hopes to see her son take his rightful position as head of the family.

TNT’s Dallas will also feature guest appearances by stars from the original series, including Ken Kercheval as Cliff Barnes, Bobby’s former brother-in-law; Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs, JR’s one-time nemesis; and Charlene Tilton as Lucy Barnes, J.R. and Bobby’s niece.

Shot on location in the title city, Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with premiere episode writer Cynthia Cidre and director Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. It was developed by Cidre and created by David Jacobs.

ABOUT WARNER HORIZON TELEVISION
Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of scripted series for the cable marketplace and primetime reality series for both network and cable. Founded in 2006, this second production entity allows the Warner Bros. Television Group to expand its programming offerings and explore creative options made possible under a new business model.
WHTV current unscripted series are “The Voice” for NBC, “The Bachelor”, “The Bachelorette”, “Bachelor Pad” and “Take the Money and Run” for ABC; and “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew” for MTV. Scripted programs from WHTV are “Rizzoli & Isles” and the upcoming “Dallas” for TNT; “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Lying Game” for ABC Family and “Longmire” for A&E.

ABOUT TNT
TNT, one of cable's top–rated networks, is television's destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Major Crimes, Dallas, Perception and Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer's The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (w.t.) and 72 Hours (w.t.). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.


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