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Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing in Dallas.
Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing in Dallas.

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Dallas is back, as oily and nasty as ever Add to ...

Oil, duplicity and birthrights: Dallas is officially back. Broadcast from 1978 to 1991, the nighttime soap dominated the small screen in the early eighties, the pinnacle being Who Shot J.R.? a cliffhanger episode that drew more than 90 million viewers in 1980. This time around, just a handful of the grizzled originals surface at Southfork Ranch: Larry Hagman reprises that devilish smile as oil baron J.R. Ewing. His ex-wife Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and brother (Patrick Duffy) also return, older but not much wiser. The epic family dysfunction has bled down to their children, oil-drilling John Ross and Christopher, the “foundling” who's pushing renewable energy. Whether Dallas diehards will fall for the new incarnation remains to be seen; they may be displaced by Desperate Housewives fans – two of the new leads arrive from that domestic melodrama. Beyond the power struggling youngsters, some notable updates ...

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