Dallas is back for a new round of backstabbing, feuding and passion! Based upon one of the most popular television dramas of all time, the series centres on the Ewing clan, an enormously wealthy Texas family whose sibling rivalries, romantic betrayals, corruption and even acts of murder are legendary. Secrets, schemes and shady alliances abound as the iconic elder Ewing’s – with original Dallas series stars Larry Hagman (in his final performance), Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray as J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing, respectively — are joined at the Southfork ranch in Dallas, Texas, by the next generation of Ewing’s who take ambition and deceit to new levels.
In its premiere season, the all-new Dallas ranked as basic cable’s #1 new drama with key adult demos.
Developed by Cynthia Cidre (The Mambo Kings, Cane) from the series created by David Jacobs (Dallas [original], Knots Landing), Dallas stars Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives, 90210, Over There), Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die, Desperate Housewives, Chase), Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious films), Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars, Eli Stone), Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives), Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files, Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy), Emma Bell (The Walking Dead, Arrow, Final Destination 5), Kuno Becker (Goal! films, CSI: Miami), with Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman.
During the first season of Dallas, the decades-long rivalry between brothers J.R. Ewing (Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Duffy) flared up again when John Ross Ewing (Henderson) — the son of J.R. and his former wife, Sue Ellen (Gray) — began working on a scheme to drill oil on the family’s Southfork ranch. Bobby, determined to honor his late mother’s wishes, refused to allow for the drilling.
Bobby’s health problems, however, including a form of stomach cancer, forced him to consider selling the family’s property to a conservancy. Unfortunately, Bobby was unaware that the entire deal was a ruse by J.R., who emerged after a stint in an assisted-living facility more determined than ever to take control of Southfork.
Meanwhile, Christopher Ewing (Metcalfe), Bobby’s adopted son, had recently returned to Dallas with his wife-to-be Rebecca Sutter (Gonzalo), causing some awkward moments with his former fiancée, Elena Ramos (Brewster), who, as the daughter of Southfork’s housekeeper, had grown up on the ranch with Christopher and John Ross. Christopher and Rebecca’s marriage faced early problems when Christopher discovered Rebecca was partially responsible for his untimely breakup with Elena — and he later uncovered evidence that Rebecca was collaborating with a man posing to be her brother Tommy (Callard Harris) in order to rip off the Ewing family. Rebecca wound up shooting and killing Tommy when he threatened to harm her unborn twins.
By the season’s end, Ann managed to get Ryland on tape trying to blackmail her, and Bobby’s medical problems began to escalate. Elena ran into Christopher’s arms after realizing John Ross is as deceptive, scheming and power-hungry as his father, and Rebecca, dumped by Christopher when he learned she was lying about being related to Tommy, went to meet her father — long-time Ewing enemy and Bobby’s one-time brother-in-law, Cliff Barnes (recurring guest star Ken Kercheval – Dallas [original series]).
New faces join the cast this season as series regulars: Pileggi, who guest-starred the first season as Harris Ryland, Ann’s manipulative and cunning ex-husband, is now a series star, as is Emma Bell, who joins the cast as Emma Brown, a sheltered beauty whose father has taught her to distrust the world around her. Finally, Kuno Becker stars as Drew Ramos, Elena’s troubled brother who returns to Southfork during the season.
As the second season of Dallas continues, Sue Ellen’s run for governor is threatened by the secret that she bribed a medical examiner to help get John Ross off the hook for murder. Ryland will come to Ann claiming to have news about her daughter. Christopher will head to Des Moines to find the real Becky Sutter, while the woman he married will start to show her true colors as Cliff Barnes’ daughter, Pamela Rebecca Barnes. Plus, J.R. will team up with John Ross to take over Sue Ellen’s loan to Elena, which means total control over Christopher and John Ross’ new start-up company, Ewing Energies — and this is all just in the first episode!
“Bringing a show like Dallas into the 21st century has been both exciting and daunting,” said executive producer Cynthia Cidre. “It would have been very easy for the show to devolve into camp or cheap melodrama. Instead, we decided to concentrate on making a smart, passionate family drama told on an epic scale.”
Shot on location in the title city, Cidre and Michael M. Robin (The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Nip/Tuck, The D.A., NYPD Blue) executive produce Dallas, and the series will feature many a familiar face from the original series. In addition to Kercheval, guest appearances include Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs, J.R.’s one-time nemesis, and Charlene Tilton as Lucy Barnes, J.R. and Bobby’s niece. Additionally, Judith Light (Ugly Betty, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Who’s the Boss?) guest stars as Ryland’s mother, and proves to be just as evil as her son. Let the ruthless rivalries and Texas-sized power struggles continue!
Don’t miss Dallas, airing on SABC3 on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm from 11 March 2015.