Dallas Cast Previews On-Screen Tension!Thirty-plus years ago, when Dallas wrapped up its impressive 14-year run, the Ewings went out being known for their complicated romantic entanglements, their strong family, despite dueling brothers at the center, and, of course, a zeitgeist shooting mystery. Now Dallas is back, and because itâs a whole new millennium, all of those elements that once made the franchise famous are about to make it infamous. By Danielle Turchiano
âI think if we were doing a remake, it would be a bit daunting,â new Dallas series star Jordana Brewster pondered. âBut because weâre notâweâre picking up with the same family and the same characters years laterâthereâs a little bit of comfort in seeing familiar faces and feeling like the stories are going to be big and emotional.â
Dallas reunites J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) with his brother Bobby (Patrick Duffy), but it isnât just Miss Ellieâs boys who arenât getting along these days. Their sons John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) are at odds over the different ways they want to take the family businessâJohn Ross by drilling on Southfork and Christopher by utilizing alternative fuels. And of course there is a girl (Brewster) in the mix as well. But perhaps most notable about Dallas is the tension between the generations. Both boys are basically younger versions of their fathersâversions that mirror the J.R. and Bobby that original Dallas fans may remember from back in 1978. And that means both boys are stubborn and headstrong and out to do things their own way, no matter the consequences.
âJohn Ross feels like he has a lot to live up to,â Henderson admitted. âHe feels like itâs his duty and his birthright to carry the Ewing name to the next generation. John Ross knows enough to know that he might not be able to always fully trust his father. He wants to try to stay one step ahead of everybody, but with his father around, thatâs going to be tough; itâs going to be tricky. I think heâs excited about the potential of working with him, but he has his own goals, as does J.R.â
Hagman was happy to share that in looking at J.R.âs actions, the âcharacter has not changed!â He still has more than a few tricks left up his sleeve, and this, along with the fact that Duffy and Linda Gray were already signed on, was what brought him back to the show. J.R. isnât just out to pull something over Bobby these days but over his own son too.
â[John Ross] is learning more than he wants to know, sometimes, about me,â Hagman laughed.
Bobby and Christopherâs dynamic is just as complicated, but for very different reasons. They may not be trying to one-up each other, but Christopher is still dealing with abandonment issues from being adopted and also with having to walk in the shadow of his “moral center of the family” father.
âHe very much wants to prove himself to his father but also prove himself as a capable man that has the ability to care for and run Southfork when and if his father is absent,â Metcalfe offered. âHe comes back from a two- to three-year absence; heâs been studying abroad and developing an alternative energy patent in China; and he really just comes back to assert himself in the Ewing family hierarchy. He wants to live up to the person that Bobby isâthis incredibly respected and ethical manâbut thereâs some conflict because Bobby doesnât really tell Christopher âI believe in you,â and thatâs what he really needs to hear.â
For what itâs worth, Duffy shared that Bobby really does have all of the confidence in his son, but itâs because he comes from a generation where you can feel something without sharing it that there is a bit of a divide between the two men:Â âBobby may feel like itâs not Christopher’s time yet, but he has total confidence in him as a personâunquestionable confidence and love. But thatâs the source of some of the problems, because thatâs old-school.â
Duffy also pointed out that Bobbyâs parenting philosophy is that his work is pretty much done because âif he didnât instill everything he was going to in [his son] by the time he was 10 years old, then thereâd be a problem.â But he did, and so he feels Christopher is going to be all right.
So long as we never see him in the shower, revealing all that has come before to not be real anyway!
Dallas premieres on TNT on June 13,Â 2012.