Patrick Duffy, Larry Hagman and Linda Gray reprise their roles joined by a second generation of schemers and dreamers played by Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo.
John Ross (Henderson), the son of JR (Hagman), wants to undermine his grandmother’s mandate of no drilling for oil on Ewing land. Christopher (Metcalfe), Bobby’s adopted son, hopes to take the family business in a new direction of alternative energy sources. Brewster plays Elena Ramos, John Ross’ girlfriend and Christopher’s former fiancÃ©e, while Julie Gonzalo is Rebecca Sutter, Christopher’s current fiancÃ©e, who is trying to find her place in the vast Ewing family tree. Former “Desperate Housewives” narrator Brenda Strong plays Ann, Bobby’s wife.
There are two big problems with the new series. When “Dallas” was dominating the airwaves in the ’80s, greed was good. In the current economic funk, it’s a little hard to cheer for people who have money and just want more.
The other big problem is the use of the cast from the first series. This “Dallas” should have focused on the next generation with only cameo appearances by the original cast. Instead, the original Ewings are up to their same antics. It was one thing for JR Ewing to be lecherous in the ’80s. Now, it’s really creepy.
Loyal “Dallas” fans will tune in out of a feeling of nostalgia. Unless the story lines change, efforts to attract new viewers will be a dry well.