July 12th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
Love the idea or hate it, a new “Dallas” is definitely happening.
Talk of TNT’s pilot has been floating around since last fall, and now the network (which, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner) has announced that it’s been greenlit as a series, and that the network has ordered 10 episodes to air next summer.
As we told you before, the plot for the updated version tells the story of the Ewing descendants, John Ross Ewing, son of JR (played by Larry Hagman in the original series) and his ex-wife Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), and his cousin Christopher Ewing, the adopted son of Bobby (played by Patrick Duffy).
All these years later, and the drama is alive and well within the Texan oil and cattle dynasty, with John Ross and Christopher not only battling over the family's fortune but also winding up in a love triangle with the ranch cook’s daughter, Elena.
Duffy, Gray and Hagman all reprise their roles in the series, and TNT has tapped "Desperate Housewives" alums Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe to play John Ross and Christopher, respectively. Jordana Brewster's taking the role of the love interest, Elena.
A preview of the show aired last night during the season premieres of “The Closer” at 9 p.m. and “Rizzoli & Isles” at 10 p.m. ET. Check out the clip above - did TNT make the right call in resurrecting the long running show?
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