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Published:January 30th, 2011 20:40 EST
Saddle Up With "Dallas" Series Again on TNT

Saddle Up With "Dallas" Series Again on TNT

By Garrett Godwin

Called by TV Guide as "The most successful primetime soap in television history", Dallas is about to saddle up again with a new potential series on TNT. The network green lights the pilot from Cynthia Cidre, who created the acclaimed but short-lived Cane on CBS in 2007 that starred Emmy winner Jimmy Smits.

Larry Hagman, fresh from a guest stint on ABC`s Desperate Housewives, is about to dust off his Stetson for another return to Southfork as the scheming and adulterous oil tycoon J.R. Ewing. He`ll be joined by his onscreen brother Patrick Duffy as the handsome, honorable, and heroic Bobby, along with Linda Gray as his long-suffering, tormented, alcoholic ex-wife Sue Ellen.

Aired on CBS from 1978 to 1991, Dallas involved the professional and personal dealings, backstabbing, deceptions, bed-hopping, power-plays, treacheries, lies, and scandals amongst the Ewing clan -- mostly due to J.R. Ewing, the man viewers loved to hate as well as the man viewers hated to love. 1980`s "A House Divided" ended with the question of all questions: "Who Shot J.R.?" -- making Dallas a ratings powerhouse, a global sensation, and eternal pop culture. Whereas General Hospital paved the way for daytime soap operas in the 1980s, Dallas did the same that decade for nighttime serials such as spin-off Knots Landing (1979-93), Dynasty (1981-89), Falcon Crest (1981-90).

The new Dallas pilot will focus on John Ross (J.R. and Sue Ellen`s son) and Christopher Ewing (Bobby`s adopted son with Pam, played by Victoria Principal in the original). Production will start this summer with a premiere set to air this fall.