Green Ewing joins black-hearted JR
America's most ruthless, scheming TV family is back, bigger and badder than ever.
More than 20 years after conniving oil baron JR Ewing put a gun to his head in the 1991 series finale, Dallas returns to television tomorrow night in a new version for cable channel TNT with a younger generation joining iconic actors Larry Hagman (JR), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) and Patrick Duffy (Bobby).
The sprawling, white Southfork family ranch, the theme song and the three-way split-screen opening titles are just the same.
But Dallas has joined the 21st century in many ways - there is even a Ewing committed to alternative energy - and the twisted family saga introduces the grown sons of patriarchs JR and Bobby Ewing, their girlfriends, and a steamy love triangle ripe for betrayal, jealousy and manipulation.
The new series was created by Cynthia Cidre with a nod to the show's 1980s heyday and an eye towards the future.
With the original Dallas still airing in syndication in some parts of the world, the new series has already been sold to 32 countries outside the US.
"Cynthia gets that it is quite a simple formula but it is about execution," said Duffy.