Dallas – Season Premiere

dallas tnt castOne show from last season that really surprised me, because I had such low hopes for it, was Dallas on TNT.  I was worried about this show because I was (and still am) a huge fan of the original series and I was nervous about TNT messing with a classic.  I was more than a little surprised watching the 2012 version of the show last season and liked it enough to add this show to my must-DVR list to ensure that I watch it weekly.  Season 2 premiered tonight and I have to tell you, if you aren’t watching this show, you should be.

For fans of the classic 80s Dallas show, you will have some characters that you remember. J.R. Ewing is back along with Bobby and Sue Ellen.  Several of the other characters make appearances in the first season with a surprise visit from past Ewing family nemesis, Cliff Barnes.

If you weren’t a fan of the 80s show, you can still watch the new version.  The history of the show is covered enough for you to get the basic dynamic that is happening among the family members on the show but we are now focused on the next generation of fighting Ewings, Bobby’s son Christopher, played by Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives), and J.R.’s son John Ross, played by Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives).
josh henderson dallasJosh Henderson is the true star of this show.  Much like J.R. was the star of the classic Dallas, John Ross is the star of the new Dallas.  While J.R. taught his son several lessons on how to be evil, it didn’t take long for the son to learn those lessons and pass the master.  In the season premiere tonight, John Ross seduces a bachelorette and then blackmails her father with a video of the night’s “activities” so he can buy the man’s trucking company (which he had previously refused to sell).  The woman’s father couldn’t believe John Ross’s dirty trick proclaiming that the woman and her fiance really loved each other.  John Ross’s response?  Love is for pu**ies.  J.R. would be proud.

j.r. ewing dallasSeason 2 is going to have to deal with the death of Larry Hagman who played J.R. Ewing, one of the most evil (and best) characters ever on TV.  Hagman’s J.R. Ewing made the classic Dallas what it was and he has played a huge role in the first season of the new Dallas.  It will be interesting to see how the producers send this classic TV character off.  I hope he is given a fitting tribute because both Hagman and his character J.R. deserve it.

We can’t discuss a show like Dallas without discussing the intro theme.  It’s one of the all-time best theme’s.  They did a good job paying homage to the original while updating it for the new series.

The original:

 

The new:

 

This is a show I highly recommend.  If you haven’t watched, TNT brilliantly has put season 1 on their website for you to be able to catch up.  Once you catch up, you can watch new episodes of Dallas on TNT Monday nights at 8:00.