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Dallas and JR Ewing return to television screens

Warring brothers JR and Bobby Ewing will return to television screens as the famed soap opera is reprised.

Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray all reprise their roles. Terry Wogan will not be featuring. (File photo)
Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray all reprise their roles. Terry Wogan will not be featuring. (File photo)
Image: Geoff Caddick/PA Archive/Press Association Images

TWENTY-YEARS AFTER it graced our screens with one of the most famous plot lines in television soap history, Dallas is back with central players from the original cast, some new additions and, of course, a family feud.

Warring brothers JR (Larry Hagman) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) Ewing will reprise their roles in a new series of the show that has been given the go-ahead for a 10-episode run that is due to air in the US next summer, the Guardian reports.

Dallas ran for 13 years and 14 seasons in the late 70s and early 90s and focused on the Ewings, a wealthy Texas family in the oil and cattle ranching industries that was often at war over business, finance and love interests.

It was a show famous for the plot line which entered popular culture in the US and beyond where JR Ewing was shot by a hidden assassin and fans of the programme had to wait many months to find out whodunit.

It led to the famous catchphrase: “Who shot JR?

Spoiler Alert!

Picture via twm1340, Creative Commons

In fact it wasn’t the Father Ted character Tom (pictured above) but actually Kirsten Shepard, JR’s scheming sister-in-law and mistress.

Also returning to the screen is Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) as JR’s neurotic ex-wife.

Mail Online reports that JR’s son John Ross and his cousin Christopher, the adopted son of Bobby and wife Pam are the main focus of the latest update.

The programme, which will star Desperate Housewives favourite Jesse Metcalfe, will remain true to the original where the young men will become embroiled in love triangles and vicious plotting against each other.

US network TNT will air sneak previews of what is to come this evening, the New York Post reports. No word yet on whether or not the original theme tune will feature in the updated series:

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