Skip to comments.TNT’s ‘Dallas’ is a solid update of the original
Posted on 06/13/2012 4:12:30 PM PDT by JennysCool
When you aim to remake Dallas, partner, youre putting on a big hat.
But TNT and the producers of Dallas 2.0, which launches with back-to-back episodes Wednesday night, have the cattle to do it.
They start with the smart move of bringing back the original Ewing brothers, Larry Hagmans J.R. and Patrick Duffy's Bobby.
Then they make the smarter move of not pretending this old guard would still be dominating the world of Southfork Ranch, as if no descendant of this screwed-up family had ambitions of his or her own, good or evil.
Instead, the producers simply let the gene pool do the work.
J.R.s son John Ross (Josh Henderson) shares J.R.s obsession with money, power and domination. Bobbys adopted son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) envisions a future where clean energy will replace fossil fuel and make the world a better place.
Fossil fuel, of course, by which we mean oil, has been the Ewing family ticket to vast, unapologetic wealth.
So there are those in the family who see this alternative energy foolishness as a direct personal insult.
So weve got love and money both in play here, and soon they swirl together into a tale thats got more kick than Texas chili made with live rattlesnakes.
Its also soapy, of course, not to mention campy. Hagman in particular hasnt lost an ounce of his villainous sleaze.
No one expects Dallas to have the kind of reach now that it had three decades ago. But between old fans who will enjoy a revisit and young folks who never even heard of Miss Ellie, TNT is placing a sound bet.
Larry Hagman and Josh Henderson are father and son in the new Dallas.
Nobody can play JR like Larry Hagman. The ultimate in evil.
I don’t usually like remakes or sequels, but this could be fun to watch. I admit I watched the original faithfully. A guilty pleasure.
Same here. Should be a lot of fun. Have seen a few interviews with Larry lately and he is definitely defying his 80 years!
Mrs. abb is gearing up as we speak to watch the show. I used to enjoy it, back in the day...
I thought wrong.
Yes, I will be watching, as well. Huge fan, back in the day. As was mentioned, above, it should be fun to watch. Hope so.
Larry’s on his 3rd liver and 3rd TV show.
Throughout the 1980’s, I had hoped that a battle between Ewing Oil and ColbyCo of Denver were started over a productive oil discovery. J.R. Ewing vs. Alexis Carrington would have been great, great television.
PS: LOL @ the Tundra Torque!
I await the remake of Gilligan’s Island, but funny this time. Maybe cast “Pee-Wee Herman” as Gilligan, Michael Moore as the Skipper, Lindsey Lohan as Mary Ann, Paris Hilton as Ginger, John Larouquette as Thurston Howell III, Richard Belzer as the professor, etc...
I read where Ken Kercheval will be back soon as Cliff ... Scheming against J.R. as always ...
I'm guessing in this version she wrecks the Minnow?
Didn’t really watch it much back in the day (on and off), but am definitely watching tonight. Gotta give them credit for getting all the originals back.
Don’t give up ... She’s apparently in negotiations ... :-)
Every series has a character that comes out as gay, who will it be on Dallas, JR or Bobby?
Or perhaps some flashback scenes of Jock Ewing as a drag queen.
And then she offers Gilligan dough and a blow if he will say he was drivin’ the boat....
“Allegedly” wrecks the Minnow.
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