Classic 1980s series Dallas has been resurrected and will broadcast on M-Net and M-Net HD as from Tuesday, 28 August in the 21h00 timeslot. Dallas centres on the fabulously wealthy oil baron clan, the Ewings.
This all-new series of Dallas features original cast members Larry Hagman (JR Ewing), Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing), who are joined by the next generation of Ewings. The new characters drive the story line forward and take ambition and deception to a whole new level.
Starring in the series are many faces familiar to M-Net viewers: Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives, 90210, Over There), Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die, Desperate Housewives, Chase), Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious) and Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars, Eli Stone).
M-Net’s head of Communications Lani Lombard, says bringing the new Dallas to pay-television viewers soon after its international debut underwrites M-Net’s promise to acquire the best international series available.
“If you’re old enough to remember Bobby’s miraculous resurrection in that famous shower scene or tried to answer the question “Who shot JR?’ you’ll understand why it’s such big news to have Dallas back. This new version, adapted to suit modern audiences, is bound to attract many viewers and create brand new Dallas fans,” comments Lombard.
According to the series’ executive producer, Cynthia Cidre, who took up the challenge of writing the pilot, bringing a show like Dallas into the 21st century was both exciting and daunting. “It would have been very easy for the show to devolve into camp or cheap melodrama. Instead, we decided to concentrate on making a smart, passionate family drama told on an epic scale.’
In the all-new Dallas, John Ross (Josh Henderson), JR Ewing and Sue Ellen Ewing’s son, is determined to undermine his grandmother’s legacy by drilling for oil on Ewing land. Meanwhile, Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), Bobby’s adopted son, hopes to take the family business away from oil and in the new direction of alternative energy sources, motivated by Rebecca Sutter (Julie Gonzalo), Christopher’s fiancee, who is trying to find her place in the vast Ewing family tree — a far cry from her upbringing with only her brother, Tommy (Callard Harris), for support. Making matters complicated is the presence and ambitions of Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster), John Ross’s girlfriend and Christopher’s former fiancee, whom the cousins grew up with at Southfork.