Even at 12 I remember the sensation surrounding, “Who shot J.R.?” My parents didn’t even tune into Dallas back then, but I’m pretty sure Grandma and Grandpa did. In spite of not watching the show, I seemed to know the characters. As an adult, I tuned in and came to know the Ewing family first hand.
THE Ewing Family, the wealthy, cattle-ranching, oil grubbin’ Texas family. The nation was introduced to the Ewings in 1978 through a five-part miniseries. It was far more popular than imagined and went on to become a regular series, lasting fourteen seasons in total, concluding in May of 1991.
Now, TNT brings the family back as DALLAS returns. It’s not a Brady Bunch reunion of any kind, this return is the continuation of the original series. When my screener kit arrived, I expected characters would be recast and it would take some time to warm up to Southfork again. Not true. It’s as if all this time…21 years to be exact, the Ewings have gone on with their life. Patrick Duffy, Larry Hagman and Linda Gray return in their original roles.
While various originals reprise their roles, this DALLAS is centered around J.R. Ewing’s on, John Ross Ewing II and Bobby Ewing’s adopted son, Christopher Ewing. Both characters were born in the original DALLAS and we saw them as children. Now they are grown, John Ross is greedy, money hungry and has oil for blood, like his father, while Christopher, resembles Bobby with his focus on family and preserving Southfork Ranch.
While I won’t give any spoilers, I can tell you that more happens in one episode of the returning DALLAS than happened in half-a-dozen of the original series. It’s a refreshing story line and the characters being the same allows for fans of the original series to pick up where they left off, and a new generation to meet the Ewing family.
DALLAS will premiere on June 13, 2012 on TNT.
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