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Cynthia Cidre to Write TNT's 'Dallas' Remake

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 7th 2009 12:15PM
Watch out, J.R.: 'Dallas' is officially back.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that TNT and producer Warner Horizon are working on a remake of the '80s staple, with 'Cane''s Cynthia Cidre on tap to write it.

Cidre created and served as executive producer on 'Cane,' the story of a Cuban-American family and its successful Florida-based rum and sugar cane business. The Sept. 2007 series premiere was huge for CBS, bringing in 11 million viewers; however, the show got lost in the shuffle during the 2007-08 WGA strike and, after going on hiatus to accommodate mid-season replacements, died in May 2008.Watch out, J.R.: 'Dallas' is officially back.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that TNT and producer Warner Horizon are working on a remake of the '80s staple, with 'Cane''s Cynthia Cidre on tap to write it.

Cidre created and served as executive producer on 'Cane,' the story of a Cuban-American family and its successful Florida-based rum and sugar cane business. The Sept. 2007 series premiere was huge for CBS, bringing in 11 million viewers; however, the show got lost in the shuffle during the 2007-08 WGA strike and, after going on hiatus to accommodate mid-season replacements, died in May 2008.

Though keeping busy with the A&E pilot 'Danny Fricke,' and writing 'Mambo Kings,' Cidre will no doubt be eager to take a stab at the new 'Dallas.' The script will likely revolve around J.R. and Sue Ellen's son, John Ross, along with Pam's son, Christopher.

Sources say that the network and studio are waiting to read Cidre's take before making any final decisions, but have reportedly approached the original Bobby, Patrick Duffy, and with Larry Hagman (J.R.) and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) about the remake. Still, the studio is hesitant to confirm whether or not they will actually take part.

The original 'Dallas' ran from 1979 to 1991 and told the story of the Ewing family and their oil and cattle ranch money There have since been two 'Dallas' reunion movies, in 1996 and 1998.

AOL TV also named 'Dallas' one of the 10 best shows of the '70s. Check out our full list here.

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ALAN KATTAN

REGARDING THE NEW TNT PILOT EPISODE OF "DALLAS" PLANNED LATER THIS SPRING I'VE GOT A GREAT IDEA. WITH PATRICK DUFFY BEING CASTED AS BOBBY PRESUMED TO BE IN THE JOCK TYPE ROLE SHEREE J. WILSON AS APRIL WOULD MAKE A GREAT MISS ELLIE TYPE ROLE. THE EPISODE SHOULD BEGIN BY REPLAYING APRIL'S GUN DOWN AND FUNERAL SCENES THEN BOBBY WAKES UP FROM HIS DREAM WHILE STILL ON THEIR HONEYMOON IN PARIS AS APRIL IS TAKING A SHOWER. THEN AS BOBBY APPROACHES THE SHOWER (WITH BOBBY AND APRIL'S FAMOUS SAXOPHONE SONG BEING PLAYED IN THE BACKGROUND) APRIL SAYS TO BOBBY WITH HER SOFT VOICE, "COME IN. BABY!" WITH HER POINTING FINGER INDICATING THE DIRECTION. THEN BOBBY REPLIES, "APRIL?" AND THEN FAINTS. THEN THE "DALLAS" THEME SONG IMMEDIATELY BEGINS WITH THE CREDITS. THEN AFTERWARDS THERE IS A SUBTITLE MENTIONING "20 YEARS LATER." KNOWING THAT THE NEW "DALLAS" SERIES IS PRESUMED TO HAVE CHRISTOPHER AND JOHN ROSS FEUDING THE SERIES SHOULD ALSO FEATURE A TEENAGE DAUGHTER OF BOBBY AND APRIL WHO WOULD BE IN THE LUCY TYPE ROLE.

I GREW UP WATCHING "DALLAS" AS MY FAVORITE SHOW WITH BOBBY EWING AS MY ROLE MODEL AND THAT THE BOBBY-APRIL COUPLE WAS MY FAVORITE TV COUPLE SINCE SHE WAS THE MOST SUPPORTIVE WOMAN BOBBY EVER HAD DELIGHTING HIM WITH HER SENSE OF HUMOR. INSTEAD OF KILLING APRIL OFF IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THAT APRIL WAS KID-NAPPED AND MISSING ALL SEASON LONG WHILE BOBBY AFTER RETURNING HOME ALONE FROM HIS HONEYMOON SENDS MEN TO SEARCH FOR APRIL. THEN AT THE END OF THAT FINAL SEASON BOBBY GETS WORD THAT APRIL HAS BEEN RESCUED AND IS RETURNING HOME SAFELY.


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ALAN KATTAN

THERE ARE REPORTS THAT THE MISS ELLIE TYPE ROLE IS BEING OFFERED TO ANNETTE O'TOOLE AS BOBBY'S NEW WIFE ANN EWING, AND I THINK THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

1. SHEREE HAS SIMILAR FACIAL FEATURES, BLONDE HAIR, PERSONALITIES, AND A DEEP VOICE TO BARBARA BEL GEDDES UNLIKE ANNETTE O'TOOL. I NOTICED THAT AFTER SHEREE PLAYED A MORE SERIOUS TYPE ROLE AS ALEX CAHILL.

2. APRIL WAS THE MOST SUPPORTIVE WOMAN BOBBY EVER HAD DELIGHTING HIM WITH HER SENSE OF HUMOR. SHE WAS JUST AS SUPPORTIVE AS MISS ELLIE WAS TO JOCK.

3. AS MISS ELLIE DATED FAR BACK TO THE EWING-BARNES FEUD HISTORY APRIL DID TOO UNLIKE ANY NEW WIFE BOBBY CAN HAVE.

4. BOBBY WOULDN'T BE MARRIED LONG ENOUGH TO A NEW WOMAN TO HAVE A DAUGHTER IN HER LATE TEENS IN A LUCY TYPE ROLE UNLIKE APRIL AND BOBBY.

5. CLIFF BARNES SHOULD BE MARRIED TO MICHELLE, AND THE STORY SHOULD BE THAT MICHELLE ALWAYS WANTED TO TAKE REVENGE ON HER SISTER APRIL AND DESTROY HER OIL COMPANY. THAT'S WHY SHE AND BARNES GOT MARRIED NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO SO THAT THEY COULD WORK TOGETHER TO DESTROY BOTH APRIL AND THE EWINGS. MICHELLE AND BARNES SHOULD HAVE AN 18-19 YEAR-OLD SON IN A CLIFF BARNES TYPE ROLE AS THE NEXT GENERATION WHO CARRIES ON THE FEUD AGAINST CHRISTOPHER AND JOHN ROSS. MICHELLE SHOULD BE RUNNING A BARNES COMPANY CLOSELY WITH HER YOUNG SON TEACHING HIM WHAT TO DO, BUT CLIFF BARNES SHOULD BE CASTED IN A DIGGER TYPE ROLE AS BEING MORE MELLOW AND LAID BACK AGAINST THE EWINGS AS DIGGER WAS IN HIS FINAL YEAR. JUST LIKE MISS ELLIE LIKED CLIFF BARNES AND WANTED TO RESOLVE THE FEUD APRIL TRIES TO DO THE SAME THING WITH THE YOUNGER EWING BOYS AND CLIFF BARNES' SON ESPECIALLY SINCE CLIFF BARNES' SON HAPPENS TO BE APRIL'S NEWPHEW. CLIFF BARNES WHO HAD A PAST RELATIONSHIP WITH APRIL AS MISS ELLIE HAD WITH DIGGER COULD HANG OUT WITH APRIL FROM TIME TO TIME JUST AS MISS ELLIE DID HANG OUT WITH DIGGER IN THE ORIGINAL SERIES. DIGGER ONCE TOLD MISS ELLIE THAT HE WISHES HE HAD MARRIED HER, AND CLIFF BARNES COULD TELL APRIL THAT HE MARRIED THE WRONG SISTER. MISS ELLIE THEN TOLD DIGGER HOW HE BLEW HIS CHANCE, AND APRIL COULD TELL CLIFF BARNES THE SAME THING.

6. CHRISTOPHER EWING SHOULD BE MARRIED TO CLIFF BARNES' DAUGHTER FROM AFTON AT SOUTHFORK WHO WOULD BE IN A PAM TYPE ROLE WHO IS TORN BETWEEN THE EWINGS AND THE BARNES SIMILARLY AS PAM WAS. SHE ALSO WOULD BE A HALF-SISTER TO CLIFF AND MICHELLE'S SON AS PAM WAS TO CLIFF. THE ISSUE ABOUT PAM BEING UNABLE TO HAVE A CHILD WITH BOBBY COULD ALSO BE APPLIED TO CHRISTOPHER AND CLIFF BARNES' DAUGHTER WHO WOULD INHERIT HER FATHER'S DISEASE. JOHN ROSS WOULD TRY TO DRIVE HER OUT AS J.R. TRIED TO DO WITH PAM.

7. APRIL WAS ALWAYS FULL OF SURPRISING MOMENTS TO BOBBY FROM THE TIME SHE SUPRISED HIM IN VIENNA, TO THE TIME SHE MISSED SURPRISING HIM AT AN AIRPORT WHEN HE WAS LEAVING HER HOMETOWN TO RETURN TO DALLAS, AND TO THE TIME WHEN LATER SHE SURPRISED HIM AT HIS OFFICE THROWING SNOWFLAKES. BOBBY DISCOVERING APRIL ALIVE IN THE SHOWER AFTER WAKING UP FROM HIS DREAM WOULD REMIND FANS OF TYPICAL APRIL SURPRISES WITH THIS BEING THE BIGGEST APRIL SURPRISE OF ALL.

7. PATRICK DUFFY AND SHEREE WERE THE ONLY TWO MAJOR CHARACTERS ON "DALLAS" WHO LATER HAVE HAD LONG-TIME SUCCESS ON TELEVISION, AND IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER AGAIN.

8. SINCE SHEREE WAS AT THE 30 YEAR REUNION WITH THE ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS AND THEY ARE TRYING TO BRING AS MANY ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS AS POSSIBLE IT IS A GOOD SIGN THAT SHEREE COULD BE STRONGLY CONSIDERED. SOON FANS WILL PURCHASE IT AS WELL AS THE FINAL SEASON FEATURING APRIL'S DEATH WHICH SOON WILL BE FRESH ON THE FANS' MIND ENOUGH TO SEE BOBBY WAKING UP FROM HIS DREAM.

9. THE LATE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF "DALLAS" LEONARD KATZMAN ONCE SAID THAT HIS BIGGEST REGRET WAS KILLING APRIL OFF, AND SHEREE ONCE SAID THAT UNFORTUNEATELY THEY CAN'T BRING BACK THE DEAD. WELL, THIS IDEA WOULD MEAN THAT APRIL STEVENS EWING HAS NEVER DIED IN THE FIRST PLACE. APRIL WAS CONSIDERED DEAD ONLY DURING ONE FULL SEASON AS MUCH AS BOBBY WAS. THAT SHOWER SCENE OF BOBBY WAS THE MOST EXCITING CLASSICAL MOMENT IN "DALLAS" HISTORY, AND IT WOULD BE FUN FOR "DALLAS" FANS TO SEE SUCH AN EXCITING MOMENT HAPPENING AGAIN WITH THIS TIME BOBBY WAKING UP FROM A DREAM INSTEAD OF BEING DREAMT OF. THE TITLE OF THIS PILOT EPISODE SHOULD BE CALLED "APRIL FOOLS DREAM." HAVING APRIL AGAIN UNLIKE A NEW WIFE FOR BOBBY MORE LIKELY WOULD MEAN THINKING LONG-TERM AHEAD RATHER THAN THINKING BEHIND RESULTING IN SHORT-TERM. IT ONLY TAKES ABOUT A MINUTE TO EXPLAIN HOW APRIL WOULD BE ALIVE AS IT ONCE DID FOR BOBBY. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH REMAKING SCENES SINCE SHEREE ON "WALKER TEXAS RANGER" AS ALEX CAHILL REPLAYED MANY SCENES THAT WERE SIMILAR TO THE SCENES AS APRIL. ALSO ON "WALKER TEXAS RANGER" WALKER AND ALEX HAD MANY DREAM SCENES OF O

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