By Barb Oates
It’s been talked about for years, but TNT is officially pulling the trigger and has greenlit a “Dallas” remake that they will preview to audiences this Monday during the season premieres of “The Closer,” which starts at 9pm ET/PT, and during “Rizzoli & Isles” at 10pm.
The famed 1980s primetime soap dominated ratings for 13 seasons as the series followed the bitter rivalries and family power struggles within a Texas oil and cattle-ranching dynasty in Texas. The remake picks up with the Ewing offspring and stars Josh Henderson (90210) as J.R.’s son John Ross, Jesse Metcalfe (Chase, Desperate Housewives), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious), Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) and Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives). The new cast will be joined by series legends — Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman who will reprise his role as J.R Ewing (remember, the reunion show proved he wasn’t dead, he shot the mirror instead of himself).
Dallas joins a small, but growing, list of TV remakes that includes last year’s remake of Hawaii 5-0 and this season’s remake of Charlie’s Angels. TNT has order 10 episodes of Dallas and it’s slated to debut in summer 2012.