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'Dallas' Synopsis and Other Essential Information

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Premise:

"Who Shot J.R.?" was easily one of the biggest television events in the '80s and J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing are back and they've brought along a whole new generation of Ewings to make the summer hotter than ever. J.R. and Bobby's sibling rivalry was legendary and they've passed it along to their sons John Ross and Christopher, who, like their father's, will wrestle for control of Ewing oil. After losing control of Ewing Oil years ago (along with billions of dollars), J.R. is determined to get back what was rightfully his and has his son following in his footsteps.... with no thought of the collateral damage.

Series Premiere:

June 13, 2012

When is it on?:

Wednesdays at 9:00 PM ET (Check local listings). The latest episodes can be viewed online at TNT's Dallas website. In addition to the latest episodes, viewers with service from specific providers can also watch ten key episodes from the original series, which include the pilot and the infamous "Who Shot J.R." episode from 1980.

'Dallas' Cast:

  • Brenda Strong as Ann Ewing
  • Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing
  • Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos
  • Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing
  • Julie Gonzalo as Rebecca Sutter
  • Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing
  • Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing
  • Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing

Returning From the Original Cast:

Along with Larry Hagman (J.R.), Patrick Duffy (Bobby) and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen), the following original series cast members will appear on a recurring basis:
  • Charlene Tilton as Lucy Ewing
  • Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebs
  • Ken Kerchevel as Cliff Barnes

The Original 'Dallas':

The original series ran from 1978 to 1991, 14 seasons and 357 episodes. The series started out in 1978 as a mini-series, but its instant popularity turned it into a full-fledged series.

The Ewing Men:

Jock Ewing was the patriarch of the powerful family and he and Miss Ellie had J.R., Bobby and Gary Ewing. It was discovered years later that Southfork foreman Ray Krebs was Jock's illegitimate son.

J.R. was married to Sue Ellen and together they had a son, John Ross.
Bobby was married to Pamela Barnes and they adopted Christopher.
Gary married Val and they had Lucy, Bobby and Betsy. Gary would later move to California and as such, the spin-off Knots Landing was born. The popular series ran from 1979 to 1993.

Who Shot J.R.?:

In the season three episode airing on March 21, 1980, an unidentified person walked into J.R.'s office at Ewing oil and shot him, sparking a marketing campaign that would become one of the most famous slogans in the history of television. The slogan was so big that even during the presidential election, the Republican party created campaign buttons saying "A Democrat shot J.R." With so many suspects, odds were placed on various characters and bets placed all over the country. In the episode airing November 21, 1980, we learn that it was Sue Ellen's sister Kristen (and J.R.'s lover) who had shot J.R.

Trivia:

  • The original series was supposed to revolve around Bobby and his new wife Pamela, with J.R. as a secondary character.
  • This series has been in the works since 2010 and took quite some to to properly cast and negotiate contracts with the original cast members to return.
  • The real Southfork Ranch is located in Parker Texas and was used for exterior shots throughout the majority of the show's run. The new series occasionally films at Southfork, but it primarily films in Dallas, TX.
  • Series star Jesse Metcalfe appeared in most of the first season of ABC's Desperate Housewives as Gabby's teenage lover, John.
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