TNT is back at Southfork Ranch with its newly launched Dallas reboot, but what happened to some of the stars of the original series?
The dummies' guide to Dallas
Check out Snakkle's gallery here to see what the prime-time soap's cast members — including Charlene Tilton and Ken Kercheval, as well as Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman who are reprising their roles in the updated series — look like today.
Ratings: Dallas debuts as No. 1 scripted cable premiere this year
It's one of TV's biggest cliffhangers: Can the soaps survive? In daytime, the outlook is murky at best for what is becoming an ever more endangered species. At night, though, the genre is once again thriving.
On ABC, where daytime soaps as legendary as All My Children have been unceremoniously retired and General Hospital hangs on by a thread, the lurid nighttime potboiler Revenge was last season's breakout guilty pleasure — and has been rewarded the plum Sunday night time period vacated by Desperate Housewives. Taking over Revenge's Wednesday slot is one of the fall's most buzzed-about pilots: the delicious Nashville, a country-fied "All About Eve" pitting veteran diva Connie Britton against scheming crossover upstart Hayden Panettiere.
Who shot J.R.? That was the question that plagued millions of Dallas viewers during the summer of 1980. But that famous phrase may also be the only thing today's advertiser-coveted youths know about the veteran CBS nighttime soap. However, it's both of these groups, the obsessive former fans and those unacquainted with the Ewing family, that TNT hopes to win over with its reboot, which premieres Wednesday at 9/8c. Just in case, TVGuide.com has devised a handy cheat sheet to catch newbies up on all the romance, backstabbing and, of course, who actually killed J.R. (Um, spoiler alert?)....
Pass the ribs, kick up your heels and get ready to hoof it till the cows come home. As far back as the '70s, the annual Ewing barbecue has been the hottest ticket in Texas, and this year TV Guide Magazine scored an exclusive invite. While the land down at Southfork looks remarkably untouched, time has changed the Ewings since CBS aired the last of Dallas' 357 episodes back in 1991, after 13 sudsy seasons.
Taking center stage on the dance floor...
Larry Hagman has been diagnosed with cancer, but doctors have told him it's a highly treatable form that might not impact his return as TV baddie J.R. Ewing on TNT's upcoming Dallas reboot.
Hagman, who turned 80 last month, is still set to report to work on October 17, when production begins on the revived primetime soap. Hagman is confirmed to appear in at least the first four episodes, and it's likely he'll appear in more beyond that. It's unclear whether he'll need to take any time off while undergoing treatment. Insiders say there's a chance that he'll be able to continue on the show in some sort of capacity throughout the first season, which wraps production at the end of January.
Ken Kercheval, Larry Hagman
J.R. Ewing is not going to be happy about this one darn bit: TNT's new Dallas, premiering next summer, has recruited Ken Kercheval to resume his iconic role of Cliff Barnes, the sad-sack oilman who was repeatedly duped by Larry Hagman's scheming J.R. during the soap's original 1978-1991 run.
It wouldn't be Dallas without a good old-fashioned Ewing/Barnes feud. Although TNT's Dallas pilot, set to air in summer 2012, was Barnes-free, I've just learned that Ken Kercheval has signed on to reprise his role as J.R. Ewing's No. 1 nemesis, Cliff Barnes, in....