Based on the Emmy award winning original series, 'Dallas' has returned to television, and the reception has been positive. Following the lives of J.R and Sue Ellen's son John Ross and Bobby and Pam's son Christopher, the reboot looks likely to feature the same bitter family disputes that delighted audiences over 20 years ago.
Once again starring the likes of Larry Hagman and Jordana Brewster, as well as introducing new cast-members like Jesse Metcalfe, the new TNT series has received rave reviews. Tom Gliatto of People Weekly said, "It's both old and new, a comfy piece of nostalgia that doubles as a fresh guilty pleasure", while Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly mused, "Overall, Dallas is a solidly constructed soap opera with strong dialogue and oily plot twists". Variety magazine's Brian Lowry was effusive in his praise for the new series, saying, "TNT's take on the classic primetime serial is exactly as it should be: Texas-sized, frothy and unwilling to settle for a double-cross when a triple can be executed". The show will premiere on TNT in the US on June 13, 2012, and Channel 5 in the UK. After viewing the completed pilot episode, TNT green-lit the entire series for a 10-episode order on July 8, 2011.
During the 1970s and 80s, 'Dallas' became one of the most watched programmes in the United States. In November 1980, a reported audience of 83 million tuned in to discover who had shot 'J.R'.