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TNT's pilot of updated 'Dallas' to feature returns of original series stars

by jmaloni
Wed, Feb 2nd 2011 12:00 pm

Original series leads Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray join Jordana Brewster and Josh Henderson

Three iconic stars who played pivotal roles in the original version of "Dallas" have joined two next-generation talents in the cast for TNT's pilot of an update of the famed series.

The original "Dallas" ran from 1978 to 1991 and followed the Ewing family of Southfork. The modern story of "Dallas" focuses on the Ewing offspring - J.R. Ewing's son, John Ross, and the adopted son of Bobby and Pam Ewing, Christopher - as they clash over the future of the family dynasty.

The updated "Dallas" will include original series stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray. Hagman gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of oil baron J.R. Ewing. Gray played J.R.'s wife, Sue Ellen Ewing, while Duffy portrayed J.R.'s younger brother, Bobby. In the pilot for the new "Dallas," Josh Henderson ("Desperate Housewives") will play John Ross. Jordana Brewster ("Fast & Furious") will play Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross.

Exec. producer Cynthia Cidre, who wrote the acclaimed film "The Mambo Kings" and produced the TV series "Cane," wrote the pilot for the new "Dallas." The pilot script is based on characters created by David Jacobs. The updated version of "Dallas" comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television. Michael M. Robin ("The Closer") is the director and exec. producer for the pilot.

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