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"The Audience Is Gonna Have The Comfort Of The Familiar, But This Really Special Chemistry Of The New." (TNT's "Dallas" Trailer)

By Rob Payne | Industry | December 2, 2011 |

By Rob Payne | Industry | December 2, 2011 |

Growing up in a suburb in the DFW Metroplex (yes, that’s what we call the area in a, oh, 50 mile radius? around the Texas cities of Dallas and Fort Worth), I vaguely remember that the fact that there was a show on prime time network television named after, and ostensibly about, the city of “Dallas” was a point of pride. At least it was until the Cowboys won three more Super Bowls. My mother used to work in one of the buildings featured in the original opening credits — the one that’s actually in Las Colinas with the horse fountain — and when I was around four years old my family toured the actual South Fork Ranch, I was involved in a magic show that my grandmother remembers far better than I do. I think I was probably wearing a Chicago Cubs hat, and was asked about that?

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.

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