It looks like J.R. Ewing is rising to the top once again. TNT announced today it wants 15 more episodes of Dallas, which means there will be a season two.
The second season is scheduled to air in 2013, so it looks like fans will see what dirty deeds J.R. and John Ross can come up with next.
According to The Dallas News, Dallas is TNT's no. 1 new series, averaging 6.9 million viewers, and only three episodes shown so far.
“Dallas has been a success for us on every level: pitch-perfect writing, smart directing and buzz-worthy performances by a new generation of stars and their iconic counterparts,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies in a statement. “With Dallas‘ top-flight ratings, robust growth through time-shifted viewing and the extensive online buzz, it’s clear the Ewings of Southfork have once again captured the imagination of viewers.”
The original cast of Dallas. Clockwise from top right are: Larry Hagman (in cowboy hat), Linda Gray, Jim Davis, Charlene Tilton, Victoria Principal, Patrick Duffy, and Barbara Bel Geddes.
The newly debuted Dallas series, which really isn't new but a continuation of the original show, brings the next generation of feuding Ewings. Of course, J.R. is still up to his nasty deeds without skipping a beat. The show has fast-forwarded several years, with the characters aging as they would have, had the show been running since its 1991 retirement.
Often dubbed in the press as Dallas 'reboot', the show brings back popular members of the original cast, and has branched out with the next generation. In 2012 it moves at a faster pace, but still manages to Dallas-pack a lot of the original show's flavor.
Patrick Duffy is back as Bobby Ewing, Linda Gray reprises the now-confident Sue Ellen Ewing, and Larry Hagman has returned as the devious J.R. Ewing. The trio are a part of the regular cast on the show; other original cast members Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing), Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs) and Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes) have been making guest appearances.
New cast members added are Josh Henderson as a grown-up John Ross, J.R. and Sue Ellen's son. Jesse Metcalfe has been cast as Christopher, Bobby’s [and Pam Barnes'] adopted son, and Brenda Strong plays Bobby's latest wife, Ann. Other new additions to Dallas are Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos, who is in a triangle with the J.R. and Christopher, and Julie Gonzalo, who portrays Rebecca Sutter, Christopher's new bride.
At this time it is unclear if any other characters from the first series will pop up at Southfork. Last year it was rumored Priscilla Presley might make a return, but that hasn't materialized to date.
Writer Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers. Dallas was developed by Cidre and created by David Jacobs. Last year Patrick Duffy gave major accolades to Cidre's script.
In July 2011 he said, "a woman named Cynthia Cidre, the most brilliant Dallas writer ever, which will be obvious when you see it, wrote a pilot script. And I read it, Larry read it, Linda read it, and it was fantastic. That’s why we’re here."
Dallas is rumored to have also inspired another 1980s nighttime drama to do a reboot of its own. Celebrity Laundry reported Dynasty divas Joan Collins and Linda Evans have met and had secret talks about bringing the show back and reprising their roles.
Dallas airs on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.