New Dallas TV Show
New Dallas TV Show
The TV show Dallas returned to our screens last night and over 6 million viewers tuned in to watch the show. Has Dallas lost any of its sparkle and edge? Of course not!
Early burning questions already have viewers wondering who to cheer or jeer.
Will Marta steal the show from the Ewing clan with her switcheroos - Nobody is sure whose side Marta is on yet, J.R.'s? Bobby's? Wait and see.
Love interest is provided by Christopher and Elena with John Ross Junior plotting in the background to pull the rug out from Christopher's feet - those Ewing boys never change do they?
Bobby and J.R. are both suffering from serious illness so we're hanging onto our seats to see if either or both of them make it to the end of the series. Surely, the producers aren't going to make us feel compassion for J.R. this late in the game?
John Ross Junior looks like he's going to be the shapeshifter in the show this time.
Is he good and sweet or as mean and rotten as his daddy? Joel Henderson who plays JR Junior isn't giving anything away."He'll be walking a fine line all season."
Soap operas like Dallas need characters like John Ross Junior to keep the conflict interesting and this is a smart move by producers to get a younger audience in addition to Dallas' stalwart fans.
The original Dallas TV show came to screens in 1978 and at its height between 1980 and 1984 was regularly number 1 or number 2 in terms of both US and UK viewing figures.
Now I’ll freely admit, I quite like reprising good TV shows but when Dallas made its last proper episode in 1991, it was a far remove from its 1981 heights.
We had the brief return of one of its characters, J.R. Ewing in ‘JR Returns’ in 1996 and in 1998 we got ‘War of The Ewings’ in 1998 so Dallas never really ever went away.
That should tell us that there is still a hardcore Dallas fanbase – and yeah, most of us are in our forties and fifties (and sixties and seventies?) but we know a good TV show when we see one and there has been nothing since to rival Dallas for pure storytelling.
The scripts zinged with everything – ambition, greed, money, sex, family feuds and it even had dead people coming back to life; Pammy’s nightmare lasted a whole series but Bobby was alive when she woke up at the beginning of the next show.
And Dallas was a TV show which created one of the best TV characters ever created, J.R. Ewing.
Larry Hagman who played J.R. Ewing played him to perfection from start to finish.
Every time he was in a scene, you hung on his every word. The scripts were electrifying and some of Larry Hagman’s scenes with Linda Gray, especially during her character, Sue-Ellen’s heavy boozing phase were amazing.
We had pathos mixed in with cruelty but we always knew the Dallas scriptwriters would have us rooting for Sue Ellen and hope she would exact her revenge later.
Patrick Duffy and Victoria Principle were Dallas’ golden couple, the rock solid good to J.R. and Sue-Ellen’s dysfunctional family.
And young Lucy, once described by a UK TV critic as ‘the poisoned dwarf’ (she would never get away with that now in these PC days of ours) is back too. Lucy was one of those annoying characters in a TV show, who started off bad but ended up good – it was so confusing! That girl’s personality could turn on a dime! Let’s see how she is doing as one of the show’s mature characters now.
Steve Kanally, the Ewings’ trusty cowhand is back too – I always had a soft spot for him in the original series – he was loyal, dumb and good looking, always a winning combination in a TV show full of rich, manipulative narcissists.
We will also see Ken Kercheval reprising his role as Cliff Barnes.
The new young stars of the show include Jesse Metcalfe as Bobby Ewing’s son, Christopher. Jesse Metcalfe has enjoyed success in a more recent series, Desperate Housewives.
Josh Henderson will play Christopher Ewing’s main rival, John Ross, J.R.’s ambitious son.
Julie Gonzalo, recently seen in the TV show, Veronica Mars appears as Christopher’s fiancée Rebecca.
But pilots often have the stars and then when the show actually begins, we sometimes see different faces. I wonder if we will even care if this happens with the new Dallas?
If the producers of the new Dallas TV show are able to reproduce the original 1980-84 Dallas then we are in for a real treat. The anticipation is killing me!
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