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.
It was all just a bad dream.
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.
I don’t think they should get public subsidies for sure.
Too bad they threw the producer or writer off. I don’t like the green aspect of it either.
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.
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.
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?
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.
“Bobbys 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.
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.
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.
Hollyweird has almost completely run out of ideas and can only do rehash.
A re-make of ROBO COP is in the works. Budget? $100 million.
Bite your tongue, LOL! J.R.’s character was great, but Jock Ewing was the best thing about that show, IMO.
You can't recreate that 80’s vibe anymore than you can reheat yesterday's souffle.
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!
Post-surgery Victoria Principal looks so different that fans would do a double-take.
Well, I’ve watched for 45 minutes and I’m bored. Bad sign.
No surprise. What can you do?
Can’t be JR with all the women he had. Plus, it’s not PC to have homosexuals as villains in Hollyweird now.
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Good to see the original 'survivors' as well.
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.
Sorry to thread bump, but I’m too lazy to post a new one.
Former ‘Goodfellas’ gangster Henry Hill dies in LA:
One of the best films of all time, IMO.
One of the best films of all time, IMO.
For sure. Bad azz movie.
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?)
It appears that Ray Krebbs and Lucy Ewing showed up at Christopher’s wedding together. Maybe Ray ain’t Jock’s son after all.
Richard Dillard, the guy playing the double crossing attorney, is a friend of mine. Haven’t talked to him in a few years.