Dallas Redux

30 Oct

TNT is doing a Dallas reboot, set to air Summer 2012.

The show is going to revolve around John Ross Ewing III (John Henderson), son of J.R. and Sue Ellen and Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe) son of Bobby and Pam. J.R III has grown up to be just like his daddy all oil and greed, Christopher has grown up to be just like his daddy, all about Southfork and maintaining the land.

On hand for the re-boot, are Larry Hagman, who created the iconic role of J.R. Ewing, who will ever forget the summer when the question on everyone’s lips was “Who Shot J.R”?.  Linda Gray as Sue Ellen, Patrick Duffy as Bobby, his new wife Anne played by Brenda Strong, Ken Kerchval as Cliff Barnes and Charlene Tilton as Lucy Ewing.

A large part of the success of the orignal show was due in part to what was going on in America at the time. Dallas premiered in 1978 and ran until 1991.  The country was on the verge of big change, we were heading into a presidential campaign that would change the economic landscape of the country for a longtime. Ronald Reagan would become one of the most popular presidents of all time.

We were in the middle of the Iran hostage crisis, the end of a recession, disco and polyester. The 80’s and all it’s excessive, greedy glory was about to be born.  Don’t get me wrong I loved the 80’s, I was in high school and college during that time. I worked retail and made a lot of commission selling designer clothes, everyone was shopping, big hair, big shoulder pads.

Interestingly enough, Dallas will première next summer, and we are once again in a recession and will be in the middle of a very heated presidential election. I wonder how the Dallas re-boot will do? 

Will you be tuning in?

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2 Responses to “Dallas Redux”

  1. chitownstarconnections October 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    I liked the article because I was a huge fan of the original show. I also write about tv so check out my blog chitownstarconnections.

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