‘Dallas’ more conniving than ever

Last year, 21 years after the original “Dallas” took its final bow before television audiences the show was resurrected and began a second run on TNT.
The first season of what many call, “Dallas 2.0”, was packed full of the same ole scheming and devious actions that made the original so popular. Show veterans including: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray all returned to the newly rebooted show. Joining them was a crowd of youngsters ready to breathe life into the new series. Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo, and Brenda Strong joined as main cast stars.
Henderson and Metcalfe star as the rightful heirs to Southfork Ranch and Ewing oil. Henderson plays Hagman’s character, J.R.’s son John Ross, while Metcalfe plays Duffy’s son Christopher.
Henderson’s portrayal as John Ross, the son of the master of manipulation and underhandedness J.R., is really quite astonishing. If there was anyone to be able to convey the deceitful son of J.R., it seems like no other option was better than Henderson. He really brings back the old, younger personality of J.R. that people loved to hate. He is the new character that fans love to hate. Henderson is the breakout star in the new series and each week his performances get dirtier and more scandalous.
The new ladies to the cast, Brewster, Gonzalo, and Strong, all bring strong performances to the show. All embody powerful women who do not let anyone walk on them, especially the men in their lives. Strong, who is known for playing Mary Alice on the hit ABC show “Desperate Housewives”, is a great in her role as Bobby’s wife Ann.
The cast of originals, Hagman, Duffy, and Gray bring the drama, devious plans, and family dynamic that made this show great before. Although mainly focusing on the younger kids, this group of veterans definitely knows how to steal the show. It is sad to think about finally saying goodbye to J.R. later on this season, as Hagman passed away during the middle of filming. I am interested to see how the show will work that in the storyline.
Ratings for the first season were stellar and fans kept coming back for more each week.
Throughout this second season, the viewers have dropped off a little but there is still a strong following behind the treasured Ewing family.
The show that captivated millions of people thirty years ago is still captivating millions of people today. Every week presents a new twist and turn that shocks the audience and leaves them waiting for answers.
“Dallas” airs Monday nights at 9/8 Central on TNT.