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TNT's 'Dallas' cast includes Hagman, Gray, and Duffy

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  February 2, 2011 07:55 AM

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This is good news, I suppose, for those who like remakes of old shows -- reboots, as we call them now to give them an air of relevance. TNT is rebooting the iconic nighttime soap opera "Dallas," which ran from 1978 to 1991, and, after some dealmaking drama, the network has officially announced that three stars from the original series have joined the new cast. Larry Hagman (above, right) will return as J.R. Ewing, Linda Gray will come back as his wife Sue Ellen Ewing, and Patrick Duffy will be brother Bobby. Technically, I guess, that makes the new "Dallas" a sequel.

The show will revolve around the children, of course, as J.R.'s son John Ross, played by Josh Henderson ("Desperate Housewives," above left), vies with Bobby's adopted son, Christopher (still uncast), for the future of the Ewing empire and for a woman named Elena, played by Jordana Brewster (above, center). Elena is the daughter of the Ewing ranch cook. The new "Dallas" joins the wave of TV reboots, sequels, updates, and remakes -- all known as brand extensions -- that have recently included "Hawaii Five-0," "Melrose Place," "La Femme Nikita," "Beverly Hills 90210," and "The Bionic Woman." By the way, I'm betting there will be an "it was all a dream" joke in the very first episode, to get attention.

Are you looking forward to this?

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