Dallas (2012 TV series)
|Created by||David Jacobs
|Developed by||Cynthia Cidre|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||25 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Cynthia Cidre
Michael M. Robin
Bryan J. Raber
|Running time||Approx. 45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Cyntax Productions
Warner Horizon Television
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
|Original run||June 13, 2012– present|
|Preceded by||Dallas (1978–91)|
|Related shows||Knots Landing (1979–93)|
Dallas is an American television drama series developed by Cynthia Cidre and produced by Warner Horizon Television. The series is a continuation of the American prime time television soap opera of the same name that aired on CBS from 1978 to 1991, though does not follow the events of the TV movies Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996) and Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998).
The series brought back several stars of the original series, including Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing. They were joined by the next generation of Ewings, including Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing III, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing, and Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing, Bobby's adopted son.
The series is made for TNT, sister company to Warner Bros. Television, which has owned the original series since its purchase of Lorimar Television (the original show's production company) in 1989. On July 8, 2011, after viewing the completed pilot episode, TNT gave a green light for the series with a 10-episode order, which premiered on June 13, 2012.
Advance screening reviews of the series were generally positive from critics on Metacritic. On June 29, 2012, TNT renewed Dallas for a second season consisting of 15 episodes, which premiered on January 28, 2013.
On April 30, 2013 TNT renewed Dallas for a third season consisting of 15 episodes set to premiere early 2014.
The series revolves around the Ewings, a wealthy Dallas family in the oil and cattle-ranching industries. It focuses mainly on Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe), the adopted son of Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Pamela Barnes Ewing, and John Ross Ewing III (Josh Henderson), the son of J. R. (Larry Hagman) and Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray). Both John Ross and Christopher were born during the original series' run and were featured in it as children (although played by different actors). Now grown up, John Ross has become almost a carbon copy of his father, bent on oil, money, and greed. Christopher, meanwhile, has become a lot like Bobby, in that he is more interested in the upkeep of Southfork Ranch, much like his adoptive father. As an additional point of contention, Christopher is also becoming a player in alternative energy (methane clathrate recovery), thereby eschewing the oil business. However John Ross is determined to resurrect the Ewings' former position in the oil industry.
Alongside John Ross and Christopher, original series characters Bobby, J. R., and Sue Ellen return in full capacity for the new series. Additional familiar characters, including J. R.'s and Bobby's niece Lucy Ewing Cooper (Charlene Tilton), their half brother Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly), and Ewing family rival Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) appear occasionally as guest stars. Various other actors/characters from the original series have also made appearances, including Audrey Landers (Afton Cooper), Cathy Podewell (Cally Harper Ewing) and Deborah Shelton (Mandy Winger). Ted Shackleford and Joan Van Ark, who first appeared on Dallas in the late 1970s before joining the spin-off series Knots Landing, also returned as Gary and Valene Ewing.
New main characters that made their appearance in the first season included Bobby's third wife, Ann (Brenda Strong); Christopher's new wife Pamela Rebecca Barnes Ewing, introduced as Rebecca Sutter (Julie Gonzalo); and Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster), the daughter of the Ewing family cook, who is caught in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross. Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi), Ann's villainous ex-husband, also appeared. New main characters that made their appearance in the second season included Ann and Harris's daughter, Emma Brown (Emma Bell); and Elena Ramos's brother Drew (Kuno Becker).
Prior to Dallas, Cidre was best known for producing and writing episodes of Cane, an American television drama that chronicled the lives and internal power struggles of a powerful and wealthy Cuban-American family running an immensely successful rum and sugar cane business in South Florida. In 2010, TNT announced it would order a pilot for the continuation of the Dallas series. The pilot was filmed in and around the city of Dallas in early 2011. Production began in late August 2011 in Dallas on the remaining nine episodes in the first season order, based in studios constructed for the FOX television series The Good Guys.
Executive producer Cynthia Cidre wrote the pilot script, while Michael M. Robin served as the director and executive producer for the pilot. David Jacobs reviewed Cidre's pilot script and gave his blessing to the new series though he has chosen not to participate in its production. A dispute erupted when the opening credits were originally planned to read "Developed by Cynthia Cidre, based on Dallas created by David Jacobs". But upon the determination of the Writers Guild of America's screenwriting credit system, there are currently two separate credits: one listing Jacobs as the show's sole creator and another listing Cidre as the new show's developer.
A sneak preview of the series, including clips from the pilot episode, aired on July 11, 2011, during an episode of TNT's Rizzoli & Isles. Patrick Duffy stated that the new show is "exactly the same [as the old show], but it's 2012. We consider this year 14 of the show. It's exactly as if [viewers] forgot which channel we were on."
The new series is a continuation of the old series following a 20-year break, during which the characters and their relationships continued unseen until today. It does not take the events of the reunion TV movies Dallas: J.R. Returns or Dallas: War of the Ewings into account. Instead, we find the characters having evolved over the last 20 years. Cynthia Cidre, show developer, has confirmed that the new series does not pick up from where the TV movies left off because the movies had tried to resolve lingering plot lines in two hours. It continues from the events of the 14th season, their development and consequences extrapolated to 2012.
Cynthia Cidre, Bruce Rasmussen, Michael M. Robin, Ken Topolsky and Bryan J. Raber serve as executive producers for the show. Rasmussen had previously worked as the supervising producer with the hit TV series Roseanne, for which he was awarded the Golden Globe.
In the first two seasons, Jesse Bochco and Michael M. Robin have been the most prolific directors, each directing five episodes.
Unlike the original series, which did limited location shooting in Texas but was filmed primarily in Los Angeles, principal photography for the new series takes place in and around Dallas. The new series is also doing location shooting at the actual Southfork Ranch in the northern Dallas suburb of Parker, Texas.
The opening sequence features a shortened version of the original theme music, and echoes the original series opening with modernized shots of Dallas in sliding panels. Unlike the original series, no cast photos are used, and the actors are not listed alphabetically. Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe alternate top billing, and the original stars are credited at the end ("with Patrick Duffy," "and Linda Gray," "and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing").
Cast and characters
- Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing III, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen. Ambitious and anxious to prove himself by following in his father's footsteps, he is determined to start drilling for oil at Southfork. In the episode 'Love & Family' he marries Pamela Rebecca Barnes.
- Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing, the adopted son of Bobby and his ex-wife Pamela Barnes Ewing. The biological son of Sue Ellen's younger sister Kristin Shepard. In the pilot, after spending years in Asia researching alternative energies, Christopher returns to Southfork, to get married.
- Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos, the daughter of the Ewing family cook, and childhood friend of Christopher and John Ross, both of whom are in love with her. She has a masters degree in energy resources. She is Christopher's fiancée.
- Julie Gonzalo as Pamela Rebecca Ewing, Under the alias of Rebecca Sutter she marries Christopher in the pilot and was pregnant with twins but miscarried them in 'Guilt & Innocence'. It is revealed in the season one finale that she is Cliff Barnes' daughter with Afton Cooper. In the episode 'Love & Family' she and Christopher's marriage is finally annulled and at the end of the episode she and John Ross get married.
- Brenda Strong as Ann Ewing, Bobby's third wife and an old friend of Sue Ellen. She has assumed the role of matriarch of Southfork while dealing with her ruthless brother-in-law J.R. Ewing and her ex-husband Harris Ryland.
- Emma Bell as Emma Brown (Season 2) Daughter of Ann Ewing and Harris Ryland. Her birth name is revealed in the second season as Emma Judith Ryland. She starts romances with John Ross Ewing III and Drew Ramos.
- Mitch Pileggi as Harris Ryland (Season 1 recurring, Season 2 regular), the head of Ryland Transport and Ann's ex-husband. Ruthless, narcissistic and always eager for more power, he has been shown enjoying tormenting his former wife, as well as trying to blackmail Sue Ellen and suing Bobby. It is revealed during the Season Two finale that Ryland's transport company is also a front for cocaine smuggling where the contraband is pressure molded in the guise of designer knockoff merchandise, in this case, women's shoes. Note: Mitch previously played a very minor character named Morrisey who was in conflict with JR (4 episode appearance from 1989-1990 see film bio of actor for source)
- Kuno Becker as Drew Ramos (Season 2), Elena's troubled brother. He witnessed his father's death, which turned him into an angry juvenile delinquent. He ended up enlisting in the military and after a tour in Iraq straightened him up, he found work on oil rigs all over the globe. He is on the run now after blowing up the Ewing rig.
- Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, the youngest son of Jock and Miss Ellie and the adoptive father of Christopher. A family man at heart and owner of the Southfork Ranch, Bobby is determined to keep the promise he made to his now-deceased mother: never to allow oil drilling on Southfork.
- Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing, the mother of John Ross and J.R.'s ex-wife. Since leaving J.R., Sue Ellen has grown confident and influential with a budding career in politics and ran for governor. She still harbours feelings of guilt for using John Ross in revenge against J.R. during his childhood.
- Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing, (Seasons 1—2.07) The eldest son of Jock and Miss Ellie and John Ross's late father. A cunning and ruthless oil baron, J.R. has spent his recent years in a nursing home, being treated for clinical depression. Now back in business, he will stop at nothing to regain power and create a final "masterpiece". (Hagman died during production of season 2, signalling the on-screen death of J.R. Ewing.)
- Brett Brock as Clyde Marshall (season 1 - present), a private investigator hired by John Ross.
- Akai Draco as Sheriff Derrick (season 1- present), the Braddock County sheriff.
- Marlene Forte as Carmen Ramos (season 1- present), the faithful Southfork cook and Elena's mother.
- Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs (season 1- present), Jock's illegitimate son and the half-brother of J.R., Bobby and Gary. A main character in the original series until he left for Europe during season 12.
- Ken Kercheval as Cliff Barnes (season 1- present), the long time rival of J.R., as well as the half-brother of Christopher's adoptive mother and Bobby's first wife, Pamela Barnes Ewing. At the end of the original series, Cliff managed to gain control of Ewing Oil and now - wealthier than ever - his ongoing feud with the Ewings in general and J.R. in particular, continues. As shown in the first season finale, Cliff is behind Rebecca's scheming, as Rebecca's identity as Cliff's daughter is revealed. He was a main character in the original series, appearing throughout its run.
- John McIntosh as Dr. Bennett (season 1- present), Bobby's doctor.
- Glenn Morshower as Lou Rosen (season 1- present), Bobby's new attorney who takes over after Mitch Lobell skips town.
- Kevin Page as Steve "Bum" Jones (season 1- present), J.R.'s private detective and friend that does his dirty work. After J.R.'s death he works for John Ross and Bobby.
- Charlene Tilton as Lucy Ewing Cooper (season 1- present), niece of J.R. and Bobby and the older cousin of John Ross and Christopher. She is the daughter of Gary and Valene Ewing and was a main character in the original series.
- Judith Light as Judith Brown Ryland (season 2 - Present), Harris Ryland's mother, "an authoritative and controlling battleaxe who will fight to the death to protect the people she loves". She is majority stockholder in Ryland Transportation.
- Joan Van Ark as Valene Ewing (season 2- present), wife of Gary Ewing, mother of Lucy. The character originated on Dallas before moving to Knots Landing.
- Ted Shackelford as Gary Ewing (season 2- present), Lucy Ewing's father and J.R. and Bobby's brother, the "black sheep" of the family. Gary and Valene were recurring characters in the original series, and later became main characters in the spin-off series Knots Landing.
- Audrey Landers as Afton Cooper Pamela Rebecca Barnes' mother and Cliff's ex-girlfriend.
- Lee Majors as Ken Richards, an old admirer of Sue Ellen's and a commissioner of T.E.S.H.A., a state agency looking into Christopher's rig explosion.
- Steven Weber as Governor Sam McConaughey Joins forces with Cliff Barnes and Harris Ryland to try and take down the Ewings. It was revealed that when Barnes and Ryland joined forces, McConaughey's campaign for governor was aided greatly by Ryland
Former recurring cast
- Leonor Varela as Veronica Martinez/Marta Del Sol (season 1 only), a mentally unstable con artist who pretends to be a Mexican heiress. She is involved with J.R. and John Ross's plans to take over Southfork, until they turn on her and she is murdered by Vicente's gang.
- Callard Harris as Tommy Sutter (season 1 only), Rebecca's supposed older brother, involved in her plot to extort money from Christopher. It is eventually revealed he and Rebecca are not actually brother and sister, but lovers. As Rebecca's feelings for Christopher grow stronger, her and Tommy's relationship begins to crack, until Rebecca kills Tommy in self-defense during a fight.
- Richard Dillard as Mitch Lobell (season 1 only), the Ewing family attorney. He double crosses Bobby in an agreement with J.R. and John Ross. He then skips town after his crooked dealings are revealed and J.R. turns on him.
- Faran Tahir as Frank Ashkani (season 1- 2.04), Cliff's menacing right hand man. Born Rahid Durani in Islamabad, he was taken off the streets by Cliff some 30 years ago. Cliff gave him a proper education, eventually hired him as his private driver, and "adopted" him as a son. Marginalized and betrayed by Cliff, Askani began colluding with J.R. Cliff learned of the defection, he set up Ashkani to take the rap for Tommy's murder and convinced him to make a statement at the clearing Rebecca, and to afterwards commit suicide by swallowing a poison pill Cliff gave him. Ashkani made the statement and committed suicide while being arraigned for Tommy Sutter's murder.
- Carlos Bernard as Vicente Cano (season 1-2.06), a Venezuelan businessman who finances J.R. and John Ross' deal with Veronica. When the Ewings fail to hold up their end of the deal, he turns violent. He eventually is sentenced to prison, after federal agents raid his house. In season 2, he escapes from the supervision of the Venezuelan consul general while awaiting extradition. He holds the Ewings hostage at Southfork to force Christopher to turn over his methane extraction technology, but this attempt fails and he is shot dead by Elena's brother Drew.
The first season premiered on June 13, 2012, and introduces the central characters of the show: John Ross Ewing III, Christopher Ewing, Elena Ramos, Rebecca Sutter, Ann Ewing, Bobby Ewing, Sue Ellen Ewing and J.R. Ewing. The main focus of the first season is the discovery of oil reserves on Southfork by John Ross and attempts by him and his father, J.R. to wrest the land from Bobby. Other storylines in this season include the love triange between John Ross, Christopher and Elena, Christopher's marriage to Rebecca, Sue Ellen's plans to run for Governor of Texas and Bobby's health problems.
The second season premiered on January 28, 2013, with three new series regulars joining the cast. Mitch Pileggi, who guest-starred in the first season, plays Harris Ryland, Ann's manipulative and cunning ex-husband. Emma Bell is Emma Brown, a sheltered beauty whose father has taught her to distrust the world around her. And Kuno Becker is Andres "Drew" Ramos, Elena's troubled brother who returns to Southfork to continue drilling on his father's land. On November 23, 2012, Larry Hagman (who played J.R. Ewing) died of acute myeloid leukemia. On December 11, the producers announced that J. R. Ewing's funeral will take place in the second season. The funeral episode, titled "J.R.'s Masterpiece" aired on March 11, 2013 with Hagman's name being formally removed from the title cards. The main focus of the second season will be on the death of J.R. Ewing. Other storylines in this season include the revelation to the Ewings of Rebecca's true identity as Pamela Rebecca Barnes; and the fight between the Ewing family for control of Ewing Energies.
|1||10||June 13, 2012||6.86||August 8, 2012||4.29||4.5|
|2||15||January 28, 2013||2.98||April 15, 2013||2.99|
|DVD Title||Region 1||Region 2|
|The Complete First Season||8 January 2013||13 November 2012|
In the UK, Dallas is screened on Channel 5 from September 5, 2012. In Canada, the series airs on Bravo. In Australia, the series aired on the Nine Network; however, after a few episodes, it was rested due to poor ratings. In Italy, the series was aired on Canale 5 as it was in the early 1980s, but after only two weeks it was cancelled due to poor ratings; the rest of season 1 was aired on La5, another Mediaset channel.
|Country||Network||Premiere / air dates|
|Arab world||MBC4||March 2013|
|Bulgaria||bTV||June 3, 2013|
|Argentina||Warner Channel||June 18, 2012 – present|
|Australia||Nine Network||August 22, 2012 – stopped after several episodes aired. It is scheduled to be aired from Season 1 Episode 1 on GEM starting on 16 May 2013.|
|Austria||ORF||January 27, 2013|
|Belgium||RTBF (French)||November 15, 2012|
|Vijf (Dutch)||September 2012|
|Canada||Bravo (English)||June 13, 2012 – present|
|TVA (French)||April 2013|
|Czech Republic||Nova||January 3, 2013|
|Denmark||Kanal 4||August 7, 2012 – present|
|Finland||MTV3, AVA||November 2, 2012|
|France||TF1||June 22, 2013 (Prime time broadcast with three episodes every Saturday)|
|Germany||RTL Television (Season 1)||January 29, 2013|
|Super RTL (Season 2-)||April 8, 2013(moved from RTL to its sister channel due to low ratings)|
|Hungary||RTL Klub||August 29, 2012 – present|
|Iceland||Stöð 2||June 15, 2012 – present|
|Indonesia||WarnerTV||November 29, 2012 – present|
|Ireland||TV3||September 3, 2012 – present|
|Israel||Yes Drama||August 5, 2012 – present|
|Italy||La5||October 16, 2012 – present|
|Malta||Melita More||October 7, 2012 – present|
|Netherlands||NET 5||September 4, 2012 – present|
|New Zealand||TV One||Double episodes from December 28, 2012|
|Norway||TV 2||July 2, 2012 – present|
|Portugal||RTP1||January 20, 2013|
|Philippines||Jack City||TBD, 2013|
|Romania||Antena 1||January 12, 2013 – present|
|Slovakia||Markíza||January 2, 2013|
|Slovenia||POP BRIO||September 14, 2012|
|South Africa||M-Net||August 28, 2012 – present|
|Spain||TNT||June 18, 2012 – present|
|Sweden||TV4||August 20, 2012 – Present|
|Turkey||Star TV||August 18, 2012 – present|
|United Kingdom||Channel 5||September 5, 2012 – present|
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