TNT airing "Dallas" pilot


We all know that TNT has greenlighted a redux of the iconic CBS nighttime soap “Dallas” for a full season, and it will now offer a preview of the series 7/11. The show is returning with original series stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray. The 1978 to 1991 hit show’s new version got a 10-episode series order, but viewers don’t have to wait until next summer, when the series debuts, to get a look at the show: TNT will give viewers a preview of the pilot on Monday night during the season premieres of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles.

“TNT has explored the possibility of an updated version of Dallas for several years, but it wasn’t until we read Cynthia Cidre’s outstanding pilot script that we knew we had the foundation for a great new series,” said Michael Wright, head of programming for TNT. “It is incredibly exciting to see both new and familiar characters in the hands of a dream cast.”

The original Dallas centered on the Ewing family, a cattle and oil dynasty occupying the expansive Southfork Ranch in Texas. The new version will focus on the Ewing offspring — J.R. Ewing’s son John Ross (Josh Henderson of Desperate Housewives), and Christopher, the adopted son of Bobby and Pam Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe of Desperate Housewives) — as they clash over the family dynasty’s future. Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious) stars as Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross. Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) stars as Christopher’s fiancée Rebecca. Hagman gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of oil baron J.R. Ewing. Gray played J.R.’s wife Sue Ellen Ewing, while Duffy was J.R.’s younger brother Bobby. There is a rumor that Lucy Ewing (Charlene Tilton) will return as well.

The updated version of Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television. Michael M. Robin is the director and executive-producer for the pilot.