The Return of Dallas

I am pleasantly surprised by all the positive reaction to the news that TNT is bringing new episodes of Dallas to television.  I didn't even think people remembered what Dallas was.  At its peak on CBS, it was the best televised serial of its time, maybe of all time.  Its opening credits theme music was unforgettable and its plots sparked watercooler conversations the day after each episode, back when there was no Internet to generate instantaneous widespread pop culture discussions. From the brilliant "Who shot J.R.?" cliffhanger mystery to Bobby's ludicrous "It was all a dream?" shower scene, it managed to get people talking.

The adventures of the Ewing clan, the good guys and the bad guys, enticed millions of viewers.  It will be great to see Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, and Charlene Tilton reprise their classic roles, even if the bulk of the new storylines will focus on a new, younger generation (led by Jordana Brewster and Jesse Metcalfe).

There were previous attempts to bring back Dallas -- two made-for-TV movies (J.R. Returns in 1996 and War of the Ewings in 1998) and rumors of a film version starring either Bruce Willis or John Travolta as J.R.  When the original series aired from 1978 to 1991, it was one of the highest rated programs on TV.  Let's see if the new TNT version will be able to do it again.  I'm rooting for it.

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