As the sole journalist invited to Texas for the shooting of TNT's new Dallas pilot, I've had to keep my big mouth shut for two agonizing months as the series awaited an official pick-up. Now that Dallas has finally been ordered to series — premiering in summer 2012 — I can drop a few details about what I saw down at the Southfork Ranch in this continuation of the 1978-1991 prime-time soap.
Ewings new and familiar gather together for the wedding of Bobby's son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) to the lovely Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo). Though no one ends up in the pool, John Ross (Josh Henderson) comes to blows with his righteous cousin Christopher just as their daddies, J.R. (Larry Hagman) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy), did way back when. Meanwhile, Linda Gray, who's back as J.R.'s ex, says, "Sue Ellen has a fabulous white sports car but no place to live. I want a condo with a view overlooking Southfork so I can keep an eye on J.R.!"
Speaking of J.R., he won't be joining Bobby, Lucy (Charlene Tilton) and Ray (Steve Kanaly) at the wedding. You'll have to wait to find out where he is, but perhaps J.R. was wise to skip the nups. After the "I do's," exec producer Cynthia Cidre cracked, "All marriages at Southfork are cursed!" I have a suspicion J.R.'s old nemesis Cliff Barnes may be behind the union!