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TNT to resurrect Dallas, bring back Larry Hagman for pilot series

by Shannon Harris on February 4, 2011

The long-running 1980s television drama Dallas is due to air again for a pilot series on TNT, featuring Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, the legendary members of its old cast.

The original prime-time series ran from 1978 to 1991 on CBS and was attracting 90 million American viewers – 350 million internationally – by the time it signed off the air, CBS News reports.

Hagman will be back in his original role as Texas oil baron J.R. Ewing, a ruthless villain that Hagman says continually challenged and engaged him as an actor.

"It was always a challenge, always fun," he told Katie Couric of CBS. "And being at work that long – how many actors get a chance to do that?"

Linda Gray will reappear as his wife on the show, Sue Ellen Ewing, and Patrick Duffy will play his morally astute younger brother Bobby. Also joining the original cast will be Josh Henderson as John Ross, J.R.'s son, and Jordana Brewster as Elena, a character who becomes involved in a love triangle between John Ross and Bobby's son Christopher, The Australian reports.

The new series will pick up from the 1991 "Who Shot J.R.?" cliffhanger and will follow the next generation of Ewings as they grapple with their family's dynasty.

It was later revealed in a 1996 made-for-TV movie that J.R. had survived and faked his own death.

"It's like an annuity, really. I go out, they adore me and then they pay you. What better job can you have?" Hagman told the news source.

Filming for the new series will start in the middle of this year.

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