TNT orders season of 'Dallas'

July 8, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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LOS ANGELES, July 8 (UPI) -- TNT says it has green-lit "Dallas," a new series based on the popular night-time soap that aired from 1978 to 1991.

The show is about the bitter rivalries and family power struggles within a Texas oil and cattle-ranching dynasty, the cable network said in a synopsis.

The new series stars Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong. Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman, the stars of the original drama, are to return for the revamped show, as well.

TNT said Friday it has ordered 10 episodes of "Dallas," which is slated to premiere in summer 2012.

"TNT has explored the possibility of an updated version of 'Dallas' for several years, but it wasn't until we read Cynthia Cidre's outstanding pilot script that we knew we had the foundation for a great new series," Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, said in a statement. "It is incredibly exciting to see both new and familiar characters in the hands of a dream cast under the guidance of the enormously talented Cidre and Mike Robin. We couldn't be more pleased with how 'Dallas' has come together."

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