Charlene Tilton, Steve Kanaly
When I was down at the Southfork Ranch last May for the taping of TNT's new Dallas pilot, I was thrilled to see two original cast members turn up for cameos in a wedding scene, but with all the action going down during the heated nuptials, Charlene Tilton's Lucy Ewing and Steve Kanaly's Ray Krebbs didn't have time to offer up much more than a few hugs and well-wishes to the bride and groom. That's why I'm over the moon to report that both actors have been invited to return to Southfork for another family gathering in the new series' fourth episode.
For those of you who need a refresher on Dallas 101, Lucy is the daughter of Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and J.R. Ewing's (Larry Hagman) brother, Gary, who fled Dallas with wife Valene for the sun and scandal of Knots Landing, California. As a reckless teen, Lucy had enjoyed a fling in the hayloft with trusted ranch hand Ray before it was discovered that Ray was Ewing brother No. 4. That's right — Lucy's uncle!! All together now: Eewww!
We will apparently learn that Lucy had been in Italy after her two failed marriages to hunky plastic surgeon Mitch Cooper, while Ray's been living off the $50 million he made from selling his ranch to evil J.R.
TNT's continuation of the 1978-91 CBS series is set to premiere next summer, with Desperate Housewives' Brenda Strong, Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe joining iconic original stars Hagman, Duffy and Linda Gray.
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