TNT announced that it has greenlighted the new version of the classic prime-time soap “Dallas,” with a number of stars from the original series reprising their roles for the reboot.
Larry Hagman, who played oil baron J.R. Ewing in the original series, is back on board, along with original stars Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray. But the new drama is built around a younger generation of characters, with the cast featuring Josh Henderson (“90210”), Jesse Metcalfe (“John Tucker Must Die”), Jordana Brewster (“Fast & Furious”), Julie Gonzalo (“Veronica Mars”) and Brenda Strong (“Desperate Housewives”).
The cable network has ordered 10 episodes, with a summer 2012 premiere date.
A special sneak peek is set for this Monday, during the season premieres of TNT’s “The Closer” at 9 p.m. ET and “Rizzoli & Isles” at 10 p.m.
The network is also unveiling a new website devoted to the new “Dallas.”
“TNT has explored the possibility of an updated version of ‘Dallas’ for several years, but it wasn’t until we read Cynthia Cidre’s outstanding pilot script that we knew we had the foundation for a great new series,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “It is incredibly exciting to see both new and familiar characters in the hands of a dream cast under the guidance of the enormously talented Cidre and Mike Robin.”