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TNT, TBS Order 4 Pilots, Including 'Dallas' Update

by Chris Jordan, posted Sep 8th 2010 4:15PM
The big hats and big drama of 'Dallas' are officially coming to TNT, according to a Turner press release.

The cable channel has ordered a reboot of the popular series in the form of a pilot that will focus on offspring of the "bitter rivals and brothers J.R. and Bobby Ewing, who clash over the future of the Ewing dynasty while the fate of Southfork itself weighs in the balance,'' according to the release.

The series will be shot by Warner Horizon Television, executive produced by Cynthia Cidre of 'Cane' fame, and will feature the next generation of fighting Ewings. 'Dallas' was a ratings smash for CBS from 1979 to 1991, and spawned reunion movies in 1996 and 1998.

Original stars Patrick Duffy (Bobby), Larry Hagman (J.R.) and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) were reportedly approached about participating when news of the reboot first surfaced in 2009, but the current press release makes no mention of whether or not they're on board.

Turner also announced three other pilots for TNT and TBS.

-- 'Perception' is a procedural that follows Dr. Geoffrey Pierce, "an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex cases.'' It's executive produced by Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman, both of 'Star Trek: Voyager,' for TNT.

-- An untitled Allan Loeb Project for TNT is based on based on the novel 'The Rabbit Factory' by Marshall Karp, in which a recently widowed police detective receives "humorous and heartfelt weekly letters from his wife a year after her death'' while trying to navigate the singles market and catch the bad guys. Loeb's recent screenplays include 'The Switch' and 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.'

-- Finally, 'Brain Trust' on TBS depicts a detective whose career is on the rocks but rebounds thanks to "three hyper-smart geniuses from a private think tank.'' Dean Devlin, executive producer of "Leverage,' and Marco Schnabel (TNT's 'The Librarian') are the brains behind 'Brain Trust.'

"These pilots reflect our enthusiasm for relatable but complex everyman heroes, showcased in exciting storytelling environments,'' said Michael Wright, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, in the release. "We are confident each of these projects would be a terrific addition to our original series line-up.''

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gailford24

the show's on tv today are really stupid,I was a big fan of Dallas, and I hope it comes back on with the one's that are alive.we also need hallmark or fammily channel to bring back shows like the Walton's and Old yellow an other family shows that kids can watch with the family....

January 05 2011 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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.


ALAN KATTAN

December 10 2010 at 1:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
coljr

so let me understnad this, the liberal entertainment media is rehashing a show about a rich Texas oil family. isn't oil supposed to be "EVIL" in the eyes of all GOOD liberals? to glorify something considered bad in the era of "the messiah" tells us what folks?

September 10 2010 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
skiffyfan

I'd love to give you my opinion, but I can't get my finger that far down my throat...

September 09 2010 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary

Does anyone remember a little jewel called Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman? TV exec's and writers used to have a little imagination. Television is in a sorry state right now and until people start tuning out nothing is going to change.

September 09 2010 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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bchbunnie4

OMG!!! I loved that show!!!!

September 09 2010 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rob

I was a huge fan of Dallas and like lots of others I'd love to see all the originals make appearances at times (ie; Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal, Charlene Tilton and Ken Kersheval). I look forward to it and hope it's as good as the original.

September 09 2010 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hello Susie

they would be better off if they put it on a regular network, not too many people can afford cable these days.. thanks alot obozo.

September 09 2010 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

Oh, please! Not another remake. Let me guess. They're going to try Emergency next.

September 09 2010 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BUCK

@tony..... you forgot history channel.

September 09 2010 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jack

the past is the past let it rest, every time they try to "bring back" something it is always a flop. Move on already dumb assess

September 09 2010 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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