Dallas, one of the most popular TV shows in the 1980s, is coming back to the small screen.
The prime time soap opera about the Ewings, a wealthy Texas family in the oil and cattle-ranching business will be airing on TNT next summer. Original stars, Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing), Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing) will be on the reboot along with new stars Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster and Jesse Metcalfe.
According to TNT, the new series will focus on the second generation of the Ewings. Henderson will play John Ross, J.R. Ewing's son and Metcalfe will play Christopher, his adopted son. They will clash over the family dynasty and who should take control. Brewster will star as Elena, who will have a love triangle with the two younger Ewings.
TNT will air a preview of the pilot of the new Dallas this Monday during the season premieres of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles.
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, said Micahel Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT.
During the 1980s, Dallas was considered must-see TV on CBS. The episode Who Shot J.R.? a cliffhanger was one of the most popular TV episodes of all time according to TV Guide.