Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo
Writer: Cynthia Cidre
Director: Michael M. Robin
Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights
Original Telecast: June 13, 2012

It wouldn’t be DALLAS without backstabbing, betrayal and blackmail but this is ridiculous. As the depths of the characters’ relationships are slowly revealed in “Hedging Your Bets” (the second of the two hour series premiere) we see one twist after another, which begs the question, is anyone being truthful?

J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) suddenly comes out of his comatose state when his son John Ross (Josh Henderson) goes to visit him at an assisted care facility in search of advice from dear old dad. The two having not seen each other in years quickly form an alliance to steal Southfork from J.R.’s brother Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy). Of course, Bobby has no idea of this and as usual, see circa 1980, he believes his brother is now a good man.

Fat chance Bobby. J.R. has already set up his brother, who has been diagnosed with cancer and is ready to sell the ranch to a conservancy, with a faux buyer posing as a conservator. All this in a plot to get ownership of the land for himself and allow the ne’er do well John Ross the chance to drill on the land.

Now, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of who’s screwing who – I mean that figuratively and literally – however, this DALLAS, like the original, is never dull and never without suspense and drama.

The strong cast is captivating including Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe and wonder who is good, who is bad and who is a little bit in between. At the very least you’d be hard pressed to find just one individual who is perfectly straight with another.

Ah, DALLAS, just the way I like it.


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  1. I enjoyed the new Dallas. I’m old enough to have been a big fan of the orginal version as well. I remmeber once when family and I had to be on the road when a key episode was on (this was well before VCRs) and we actually brought a portable television along on our trip to try to pick up as much of the show as we could. The new Dalls was filled with double crosses and triple crosses – maybe a little to much deceit. For example, I thought making Chris’s (Bobby’s son) new bride a swindler working with her brother to get at the Ewing fortune was a little over the top, even for a night time soap like Dallas. Then you got Bobby’s lawyer for 30 years in on the both the scheme by J.R. and the one by J.R.’s son, John Ross to get South Fork. What’s next? Is Bobby’s doctor part of the plot and Bobby doesn’t really have cancer? It’s all a bit much. My gradewould be a C. I’m interested enough to keep watching for now, but I’m not sure for how long.


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