Published On: Mon, Jun 18th, 2012

Dallas reboot on TNT starts strong

Wednesday night’s premiere of TNT’s “Dallas” reboot drew 6.863 million viewers to rank as the No. 1 scripted series premiere on cable so far this year and outperform the broadcast networks from 9-11 PM last night.

Deadline reports that it was the third-most-watched series debut on TNT behind Raising The Bar (7.7 million) and Rizoli & Isles (7.6 million), and ahead of last year’s Falling Skies (5.9 million).

Patrick Duffy Bobby Ewing TNT Dallas Photo


Jesse Metcalfe isn’t surprised, describing the new series in an interview with Media Mikes.

“Well, I don’t think we’ve changed what made the original series great.I mean the show still centers around the major themes of family dynamics, greed, loyalty, love, and betrayal. But we’ve just updated it. We made it modern and definitely socially relevant to the times. And in addition to that we added some new characters. Obviously, Christopher and John Ross were established in the original series. But, now you now get to see the type of man that these two children have grown up to be. We also introduced the character of Elena Ramos, who is the one side of the love triangle between, Josh Henderson and Jordana,” says the “Desperate Housewives” star who plays Christopher Ewing.

Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman both return to the new series and Duffy explains that the contempory style moves the story along a lot faster.

“We get maybe four or five episodes of an old “Dallas” in one episode of the new “Dallas”. So all of these things I think contemporize the old show. But we maintain the honor that Cynthia Cidre and Mike Robin feel towards the show. So that hasn’t changed. And I think that’s what will impress old viewers as they look at the new Dallas is it’s so much similar to what they were used to. ”

Linda Gray, who plays Sue Ellen Ewing, says the new show just makes the old show better.

“It took a diamond and polished it. What can I say? It’s magic. It was magic in 1978 and it’s got a little 2012 fairy dust sprinkled on it. It’s just wonderful.”

Check out the complete interview with Jesse Metcalfe and Patrick Duffy here and Linda Gray and Josh Henderson here.

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