TNT Orders ‘Dallas’ To Series

The classic drama will be relaunched in 2012.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Although the upcoming "Dallas" relaunch was conspicuously absent from this year's upfront presentation, TNT has booked a return ticket to Southfork, Texas.

Earlier today, TNT confirmed that it is ordering a full season of "Dallas," which will run for 10 episodes during the summer of 2012.

"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," exclaimed Michael Wright, Turner's executive vice president of programming. "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. We couldn't be more pleased with how 'Dallas' has come together."

The new series maintains the continuity of the original "Dallas," which ran for 13 seasons and two reunion movies. In TNT's "Dallas," the focus will shift to the younger generation of the famous Ewing family. Jesse Metcalfe ("Desperate Housewives") stars as Christopher Ewing, with Josh Henderson as his rival, John Ross Ewing. "The Fast & The Furious" actress Jordana Brewster plays Elena, a young woman who comes between the warring Ewing cousins while Julie Gonzalo ("Veronica Mars") portrays Christopher's fiancee, Rebecca.

Back in February, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray signed on to reprise their iconic roles of J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing, respectively. The previously mentioned John Ross Ewing will be J.R.'s son while Christopher is the adopted son of Bobby.

Michael M. Robin ("The Closer") directed the pilot episode and will serve as an executive producer for the series. A sneak preview of the new "Dallas" will air next Monday on TNT during "Rizzoli & Isles."

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