‘Dallas’ is back in the saddle: Midstate fans deliver verdict on new series

Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray return as JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen Wing and are joined by Brenda Strong among others in the new “Dallas” series.

For 13 years, “Dallas” ruled the small screen.

Sibling rivalry has reached a whole new level with accomplice JR Ewing and the conscience-driven Bobby Ewing.

Located on a Texas ranch dubbed South Fork, “Dallas” followed Ewing’s oil moguls and their antics stabbed in the back. It started in 1978 and ended in 1991, quickly becoming a national icon. JR’s hat belongs to the Smithsonian’s American History Museum.

The show won 21 Emmy nominations and 15 Golden Globe nominations. He won four Emmy Awards for his acting and score and a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series (Barbara Bel Geddes for portraying the Matriarch Eleanor Ewing).

“Dallas” has become part of the lexicon of American pop culture.

Today, more than 20 years later, the Ewings are back with a new generation.

TNT will broadcast its new series “Dallas” on Wednesday. This quickly advances the Ewing saga in 2012. The South Fork Ranch is still at the center of a feud between Bobby and JR, and the sons of the two have their own rivalry. Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray all return to their classic roles of JR, Bobby, and Sue Ellen Ewing, respectively.

But will the original fans give the new show a cowboy hat trick? Or will they dig into their spurs?

We showed the pilot episode of the new series to a group of die-hard “Dallas” fans and asked them what they thought.

First opinions:

Patrick Connor, Township of Hampden. “Love it. I see there will be a lot of twists and turns in the show. The new cast is awesome and it will be a success.”

James Penny III, Camp Hill. “It was very dramatic; I liked the constant plot twists. It doesn’t look like JR has lost touch.”

Darlene Coppola, Township of Hampden. “Very intense, well played with a lot of sibling rivalry, huge egos, double and triple crossovers, gorgeous people and amazing aerial views.”

Christine Ulsh, Carroll Twp. “I thought the story kept the original theme of greed and rivalry between the younger generation of Ewings.”

Willetta Huth, Carroll Twp. “Very quick. It kept my interest. They put together a lot of stories in an hour – you have to be careful. Very intense.”

Dennis Kelly, Township of Hampden. “Very well done; they mixed up the old cast just enough and came up with a good story with lots of backstabbing and double crossing.”

Carol Connor, Township of Hampden. “There were elements of the old intertwined with the new. It’s just as mean and mean and intriguing as the original series.”

On JR:

Huth: “What was going on with JR’s eyebrows?” “

Coppola: “Larry Hagman is the best actor, hands down. He just has to glance at you and you can read his mind.”

Patrick Connor: “He’s like a shark waiting for his meal.”

To take away :

Ulsh: “In ‘Dallas’ egos are as big as hair. … This [new series] could stand on its own. “

Carol Connor: “In ‘Dallas’ crazy things are possible.”

Penny: “It was just as exciting as the original. I’m already addicted and can’t wait to watch the next episode. Hope there will be a lot of involvement from the original cast.”

Huth: “They are certainly true to the family feud and intriguing theme of the original series. Family or not – trust no one in the Ewing clan.”

Dallas TV Show JR EwingJordana Brewster, Josh Henderson, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Jesse Metcalfe and Julie Gonzalo star in “Dallas”.


JR Ewing, played by Larry Hagman: Greedy and determined, JR will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. What he wants most is the rights to the oil-rich South Fork Ranch.

Sue Ellen Ewing, played by Linda Gray: Ex-wife of JR and former Miss Texas, Sue Ellen was known in the original series for battling alcoholism. The new Sue Ellen is a powerful political force in Texas.

John Ross Ewing, played by Josh Henderson: Son of Sue Ellen and JR, John Ross wants to prove himself by forming his own oil empire. He is in love with his childhood friend, Elena Ramos.

Bobby Ewing, played by Patrick Duffy: JR’s younger brother, Bobby is determined to protect South Fork Ranch from oil drillers, which puts him at odds with JR and John Ross.

Ann Ewing, performed by Brenda Strong: Third wife of Bobby and current South Fork Ranch matriarch.

Christopher Ewing, played by Jesse Metcalfe: Adopted son of Bobby and his first wife, Pam, Christopher wants to take the Ewing family into the field of alternative energies. Her heart was broken when Elena Ramos broke off their engagement. He is now engaged to Rebecca Sutter, although he still has feelings for Elena.

Rebecca Sutter, played by Julie Gonzalo: The fiancee of Christopher with a tragic past, Rebecca is in South Fork trying to learn the ropes of life in Texas.

Elena Ramos, played by Jordana Brewster: Daughter of the South Fork Ranch cook, Elena is the center of the love triangle of the younger Ewing generation.


“Who shot JR? ” At the end of the episode “A House Divided” (March 21, 1980) an intruder shoots JR in his office. Viewers had to wait over six months to find out if he survived. The killer was revealed in the episode “Who Done It” from November 21, 1980. While the evidence indicated that Sue Ellen was the culprit, it turns out that the culprit was her sister, Kristin.

The season of dreams. Bobby Ewing was killed at the end of Season 8, and the following season was devoted to the family trying to recover from the loss. Bobby’s widow remarries in the season finale, “Blast From the Past” (May 16, 1986). But when she wakes up after her wedding night, she finds Bobby alive and well in the shower. The whole season, including Bobby’s death, had been a gigantic dream.

The end. The TV series ended on May 3, 1991, with JR considering suicide after imagining what the world would be like if it didn’t exist. At the last moment, JR raises a pistol to his forehead. A gunshot is heard as Bobby Ewing enters the room. During two reunion films made for television, “Dallas: JR Returns” (1996) and “Dallas: War of the Ewings” (1998), it is revealed that JR shot a mirror instead.

DETAILS: “Dallas” premieres at 9 pm Wednesday on TNT. Info: www.tnt.tv.


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