Repeating its success when it first aired back in the late 80′s, TNT’s ‘Dallas‘ reboot is proving to be just as successful and it’s been picked up for a second season. It took a long time to get this reboot off the ground, but the waiting obviously was worth it this time around.
‘Dallas’ has had many attempts to bring it back with everything from John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez once rumored to be attached, and then when TNT declared that they’d be bring the show back not as a reboot, but as a continuation of the Ewing story, it got people’s attention. TNT is continuing its winning streak for Number 1 shows on a basic cable network with ‘Rizzoli & Isles‘ in 2010 and then ‘Falling Skies‘ last year. ‘The Closer’ finishes up it’s final season this month guaranteeing the network more ratings overload as it’s picked up steam in creativity for that show with Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.
‘Dallas’ has been averaging 6.9 million viewers, and diehard fans will be elated to know that there’ll be another 15 episodes to check out in 2013 after ranking as the Number 1 new series on basic cable. The show stars Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong and featuring the return of original castmembers Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman. Now if only they’ll do a fun surprise and bring back famous tv vixen Abbey (Donna Mills) from the original Dallas spin-off ‘Knot’s Landing‘. Mills already proved she’s till looking great after doing an episode of the failed ABC show ‘GCB‘.
“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 (TCM). “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.”
I was surprised that I found myself liking the show after watching a couple episodes, and the fact that the writers and producers were smart enough to not camp up the show (like what would have been done if John Travolta had done it in a movie) and stick to its original roots.