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TNT’s ‘Dallas’ is a solid update of the original
New York Daily News ^ | 6/13/12 | David Hinckley

Posted on 06/13/2012 4:12:30 PM PDT by JennysCool

When you aim to remake “Dallas,” partner, you’re 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 Hagman’s 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. Bobby’s 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.

-Snip!-

So we’ve got love and money both in play here, and soon they swirl together into a tale that’s got more kick than Texas chili made with live rattlesnakes.

It’s also soapy, of course, not to mention campy. Hagman in particular hasn’t 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bobbyewing; dallas; jrewing
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Larry Hagman and Josh Henderson are father and son in the new ‘Dallas.’

1 posted on 06/13/2012 4:12:40 PM PDT by JennysCool
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To: JennysCool

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.


2 posted on 06/13/2012 4:18:56 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy
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!

3 posted on 06/13/2012 4:23:02 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: fatnotlazy

Mrs. abb is gearing up as we speak to watch the show. I used to enjoy it, back in the day...


4 posted on 06/13/2012 4:23:48 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: JennysCool
I thought 'Dallas' in this house was a thing of the past after the Mrs. finished season 14 on DVD.

I thought wrong.

5 posted on 06/13/2012 4:23:51 PM PDT by South40
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To: JennysCool

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.


6 posted on 06/13/2012 4:25:53 PM PDT by MasonGal
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To: JennysCool

Larry’s on his 3rd liver and 3rd TV show.


7 posted on 06/13/2012 4:26:13 PM PDT by AU72
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To: fatnotlazy; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; GOPsterinMA

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.


8 posted on 06/13/2012 4:26:19 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: fatnotlazy
The original jumped the shark when Cliff Barnes bested JR in the Gulf story line. Before that JR always won.

PS: LOL @ the Tundra Torque!


9 posted on 06/13/2012 4:28:42 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: AU72

Ha!


10 posted on 06/13/2012 4:29:10 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JennysCool

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...


11 posted on 06/13/2012 4:29:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: JennysCool
Won't be the same...


12 posted on 06/13/2012 4:30:19 PM PDT by wvguy
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To: I see my hands

I read where Ken Kercheval will be back soon as Cliff ... Scheming against J.R. as always ...


13 posted on 06/13/2012 4:31:15 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Lindsey Lohan as Mary Ann

I'm guessing in this version she wrecks the Minnow?

14 posted on 06/13/2012 4:33:14 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JennysCool

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.


15 posted on 06/13/2012 4:34:00 PM PDT by mykroar (October race riots bring November martial law.)
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To: wvguy

Don’t give up ... She’s apparently in negotiations ... :-)


16 posted on 06/13/2012 4:34:26 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: wvguy
thank you...
17 posted on 06/13/2012 4:35:38 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: JennysCool

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.


18 posted on 06/13/2012 4:36:47 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: JennysCool

And then she offers Gilligan dough and a blow if he will say he was drivin’ the boat....


19 posted on 06/13/2012 4:39:43 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired high up in the mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: JennysCool

“Allegedly” wrecks the Minnow.


20 posted on 06/13/2012 4:41:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: JennysCool
***** Spoiler Alert *****

It was all just a bad dream.

21 posted on 06/13/2012 4:42:09 PM PDT by x
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To: JennysCool

Hagman is indeed pretty talented. I even thought his earlier comedic chops in “Jeannie” were pretty sublime. But I did read a really long interview of him, where he recounted his experiments with LSD and mind-altering drugs, and I have to say he came across as one of the most bratty and embarrasingly self-absorbed people I could possibly imagine.


22 posted on 06/13/2012 4:42:16 PM PDT by greene66
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To: JennysCool

I don’t think they should get public subsidies for sure.


23 posted on 06/13/2012 4:44:02 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: JennysCool

Too bad they threw the producer or writer off. I don’t like the green aspect of it either.


24 posted on 06/13/2012 4:45:33 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: JennysCool
Bobby’s adopted son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) envisions a future where clean energy will replace fossil fuel and make the world a better place.

Oh cripes. What's next, will we find out Cliff & JR had a Brokeback Mountain thang goin' on??

Growing up, Dallas was a "banned" show for my sister & me. Yet somehow we managed to catch enough of it to keep up (dad travelled a lot). Despite itself, it all seems so innocuous, nowadays.

25 posted on 06/13/2012 4:47:40 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I gotta say.. that's some mighty fine casting!

26 posted on 06/13/2012 4:47:53 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: wvguy

I agree. “Dallas” worked best when Bobby was married to Pam(providing the sugar) while J.R. was married to Sue Ellen(providing the spice). That stupid nonsense about Pam leaving Bobby because of her car accident burn injuries was even worse than the “whole season where Bobby died was a dream!” idiocy.


27 posted on 06/13/2012 5:00:16 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: JennysCool

How will they explain it? She found out she’s not dying and her plastic surgeon kidnapped her and kept her prisoner for 2 decades?


28 posted on 06/13/2012 5:03:44 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: JennysCool

Bah!
I never watched the original, I will certainly not waste time on a remake.
Oh, and it’s cable?
Non-starter right there, until cable goes commercial-free.


29 posted on 06/13/2012 5:04:41 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition
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To: JennysCool

“Bobby’s adopted son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) envisions a future where clean energy will replace fossil fuel and make the world a better place.”

Ugh. Leave Dallas in the pre-PC 1970s and 1980s where it belongs.


30 posted on 06/13/2012 5:05:18 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: JennysCool

I watched an extended preview online. It looks good.

I don’t think I ever missed an episode during the original run.

I do recall the first season. The 3 broadcast networks, for some reason, moved weekly series around that year. A show might be on Tuesday one week, Friday the next, then Monday, etc. It was havoc ‘chasing’ favorite programs. It was actually with the 2nd season that Dallas really became popular.


31 posted on 06/13/2012 5:11:50 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: JennysCool

It used to be that I watched Dallas before I went out on Friday nights. It was a great show, particularly the early years.

It’s great that Hagman is still able to do his cameo appearance as I recall his health was bad in years back.


32 posted on 06/13/2012 5:17:11 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: JennysCool

Hollyweird has almost completely run out of ideas and can only do rehash.


33 posted on 06/13/2012 5:45:20 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: SoldierDad

A re-make of ROBO COP is in the works. Budget? $100 million.


34 posted on 06/13/2012 5:55:27 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Grifin, FAMILY GUY)
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To: Uncle Slayton

Bite your tongue, LOL! J.R.’s character was great, but Jock Ewing was the best thing about that show, IMO.


35 posted on 06/13/2012 6:13:56 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fatnotlazy; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; unkus
I smell bomb...

You can't recreate that 80’s vibe anymore than you can reheat yesterday's souffle.

36 posted on 06/13/2012 6:25:27 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: ReformationFan

Couldn’t disagree more. A fight over energy between the sons is the perfect way to update “Dallas” and get the conflict going. We don’t have to agree with either of them to enjoy watching them fight it out!


37 posted on 06/13/2012 6:28:37 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: ReformationFan
How will they explain it? She found out she’s not dying and her plastic surgeon kidnapped her and kept her prisoner for 2 decades?

Post-surgery Victoria Principal looks so different that fans would do a double-take.

38 posted on 06/13/2012 6:45:57 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Well, I’ve watched for 45 minutes and I’m bored. Bad sign.


39 posted on 06/13/2012 6:46:23 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy

No surprise. What can you do?


40 posted on 06/13/2012 7:10:01 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: Uncle Slayton

Can’t be JR with all the women he had. Plus, it’s not PC to have homosexuals as villains in Hollyweird now.


41 posted on 06/13/2012 7:28:51 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Clintonfatigued; fatnotlazy; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; unkus

Looming “Dallas” Disaster: How Show’s Creator Was Cut Out of Reboot

http://www.showbiz411.com/2012/06/12/looming-dallas-disaster-how-shows-creator-was-cut-out-of-reboot


42 posted on 06/13/2012 7:30:44 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: fatnotlazy
Watching it now; and liking it. Surprised. They are throwing oil and gas around (methane too) of course; all measures of 'green'; but the real story; is the back-stabbing; sultry and economic 'intrigue'; the excesses - guilty pleasures - and Machiavellian 'family life' along with some authentically 'good' characters - I think. . .

Good to see the original 'survivors' as well.

43 posted on 06/13/2012 7:31:06 PM PDT by cricket (Narcissism IS the 'heart' of Liberalism . . .)
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Here’s something the producers never tried to explain. In the very first episode Ray Krebbs, the ranch hand, was in the hay loft with teenage niece Charlene Tilton. Down the road Ray Krebbs found out he was Jock’s son. That means he was doing the dirty deed with his niece.


44 posted on 06/13/2012 7:31:06 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Grifin, FAMILY GUY)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; unkus; raccoonradio; NFHale; BillyBoy; ...

Sorry to thread bump, but I’m too lazy to post a new one.

Former ‘Goodfellas’ gangster Henry Hill dies in LA:

http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2012/06/13/former_goodfellas_gangster_henry_hill_dies_in_la/?page=full

One of the best films of all time, IMO.


45 posted on 06/13/2012 7:38:58 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

One of the best films of all time, IMO.


For sure. Bad azz movie.


46 posted on 06/13/2012 7:46:55 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

Yep!


47 posted on 06/13/2012 7:56:24 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: Terry Mross

Indeed. I thought of that when they came up with Ray being Jock’s son. They just ignored it as if it never happened(was it all a dream, too?)


48 posted on 06/13/2012 8:06:28 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

It appears that Ray Krebbs and Lucy Ewing showed up at Christopher’s wedding together. Maybe Ray ain’t Jock’s son after all.


49 posted on 06/13/2012 8:47:01 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Grifin, FAMILY GUY)
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To: ReformationFan

Richard Dillard, the guy playing the double crossing attorney, is a friend of mine. Haven’t talked to him in a few years.


50 posted on 06/13/2012 8:51:53 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Grifin, FAMILY GUY)
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