"The Audience Is Gonna Have The Comfort Of The Familiar, But This Really Special Chemistry Of The New." (TNT's "Dallas" Trailer)
So when I watched the trailer for TNT's sequel/reboot of "Dallas" I was struck more by those memories than anything about the actual show. Who Shot JR? was a thing, enough so that "The Simpsons" mockery of it was far more memorable to an a child of the 1980s than the real series. The quote in the header is spoken by returning cast member Linda Gray (I think) about halfway through, but I can't verify if that's true or not. Other than the theme song, it's not familiar at all, and the new chemistry seems to simmer rather than boil. All I know for sure is that it seems like a mini-series than the start of a brand new ongoing series, and that it's not at all surprising why it will air on TNT and not CBS. (Two videos provided to hedge my bets in case the first one doesn't work.)
Right? Not exactly "change television forever" material is it? I think I'll just stick with "Revenge" for my nighttime soap, thanks. Also, I'm pretty sure the only oil boom going on in the state right now is from shale gas, but that probably isn't nearly as glamorous.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his wares can be purchased here. Oh, and when a whole "Dallas" season was Patrick Duffy's dream, he remembers that when "Family Guy" was good they made fun of it once.