So last night was the big premiere of TNT’s new “Dallas” revival, and I shared yesterday that I was pretty excited about it. Well now I feel comfortable saying that I was right to be. While not as amazing as ABC’s “Revenge” or the pilot of “Desperate Housewives” the new “Dallas” shows a lot of promise. We were introduced to Christopher Ewing and his cousin John Ross played by Jesse Metcalfe and Josh Henderson. I was nervous about this angle because let’s be real they’re both played by “Desperate Housewives” eye candy who never had a real storyline. They were props with abs on “Housewives”, but I was glad to see they were able to hold their own on the ranch. Henderson really seemed to leap at the chance to be the bad boy and has made it very obvious that John Ross is JR’s son. He has all the underhandedness of his daddy and the charm and good looks to match. It’s also great to see Brenda Strong in the forefront for once, after 8 seasons of being heard but not seen as Mary Alice on “Housewives”.
However, the real fun in “Dallas” was seeing our old friends from Southfork. When the CW relaunched “90210″ and “Melrose Place” the actors who returned kind of seemed ashamed to be seen back in West Bev or the famous apartment complex. So I was anxious to see how Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Grey would be upon returning to their old stomping ground. All three of them seemed ecstatic to be back on television. Really genuinely happy to be back and continuing a project they were passionate about. And not in a thank God this came along, I was *this* close to doing “Dancing with the Stars” kind of way. The original “Dallas” was before my time but I obviously knew the basic facts and figures. But, even prior knowledge did not prepare me for what a bad ass JR is. When some of the other story lines dragged or didn’t pop all it took was a pan to JR to liven things up. But, by the end of the second hour all of the story lines seemed poised to be headed in good directions.
The new “Dallas” will probably not be the ratings juggernaut or cultural lightning rod it was in it’s hay day. But, it is a pretty wonderfully put together television series that is the perfect summer guilty pleasure. And, even in the public reception is not the same as it was back then. “Dallas” has not changed since we left it. The backstabbing, bed hopping, bitch slapping and double crossing is up to par even with the infusion of some new blood. So I would like to invite you all to spend your summer with BEST Blog in Dallas.