Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo
Writer: Bruce Rasmussen
Director: Michael M. Robin
Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights
Original Telecast: Aug 1st, 2012

As we reach the end of Season 1 DALLAS, I can’t help but feel sad, TV depressed that is. After all, a show finally comes around that can not only peak my interest but also keep it throughout the entire season. Now, granted the season is only ten episodes – note to producers: that’s not enough – but still after one episode of ANGER MANAGEMENT and two of TWO AND A HALF MEN – the Ashton Kutcher version – I was done. As far as I am concerned — that’s enough.

But with J.R. (Larry Hagman), Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) back along with very worthy and well cast co-stars, TV reinvigorates me again. Not for long though, with just one episode  left, I can’t fathom waiting an entire year to find out what happens next on Southfork.  Please, TNT don’t let that happen.

For now at least this week and next we have the drama of DALLAS. No one knows drama better than John Ross (Josh Henderson) who softens his connection with dear old dad J. R., which in turn strengthens his connection with Bobby and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe). John Ross is no J.R., but he is no Bobby Ewing either. He is a combination of the two. He tries desperately to please his father while not crossing a moral line set up by his uncle. Sometimes it works, other times it fails miserably. As the saying goes you can’t please everyone all the time. And in this case, it seems, he will either be pleasing his dad or his uncle but never both.

Henderson is so good at displaying a young man torn within his familial conflicts that he is never able to truly show anyone his true self, everyone gets a piece, but never the whole thing. Henderson’s angst is obvious, yet not overdramatic. He plays his emotional tempo just right.  When John Ross gets word that Bobby has cancer he immediately goes into protective mode for his uncle demanding that J.R.’s henchman notify J.R. of his brother’s sickness. Henderson knows when to amp up the dialogue and when to play it cool and collect.

Meanwhile, Christopher decides to give it a go with Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo), his wife and the mother of his unborn twins. However, the only way Rebecca can get Christopher to trust her is to get rid of Tommy, who blackmails her almost on a daily basis. Gonzalo, too, knows how to convey an emotional tug o war deep within. Showcasing a person truly agonizing a life she has created and wants nothing more than to leave beyond.

Although Bobby has successfully left behind his cancer and is now in remission, he does has a seizure, perhaps because of the cancer weakening his immunities, and needs surgery soon. This brings a once irrevocably torn family back together again. Even J.R. softens, shockingly giving the deed to Southfork back to Bobby. What? Hagman, at 80, yes 80 years old is a master at portraying not an evil man but a determined man who doesn’t let a silly thing like feelings get in the way of business.

Speaking of business, John Ross and Christopher decide to work together, in a deal that no doubt will blow up in someone’s face. Can they not see what we see? Still, with Bobby sick everyone is willing to play nice for now but how this will leave us in the season finale, who‘s to say. By the way, someone is shot and no it isn’t J.R.


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  1. Love Love Love the new Dallas. Also loved the old Dallas. I hope this show is picked up again. One of the best shows on TV right now. My Husband loves it too.

  2. I love Dallas and I thank God that the important characters are still alive such as Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, without these three, Dallas would fail tremendously. Moreover, the new characters were a perfect choice. They truly add so many flavors to the show. I could never wait an entire year for Dallas; and I am so excited that I will get to see Larry, Patrick and Linda in January. This season was written so well. I would have never believed that “Rebecca” is Cliff Barnes’ daughter. What a dirty big surprise for the reviewers. I must say that the writer of Dallas is the In fact, I have watched the original Dallas with my grandmother stating at the age of 6 of 7. So, yes….My heart loves Dallas very much.

    Nadine Hardy
  3. I absolutely LOVE this show. My husband and I have watched all the previous Dallas shows twice and the new Dallas episodes are as good now as they ever were!! Especially with so many of the original actors back on the show….but that is what makes this new show so GOOD…the original cast members along with the great cast of new young actors!! So glad it is back, but am going to have a hard time waiting until January for this show to come back to tv….Our FAVORITE new (and old) show!!!


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