UPDATE: This site’s intro is a reminder that Dallas benefitted from some the best-ever TV theme music. There will be more on that site after the sneak preview that’s running tonight on TNT (see below).
So says a city release (full text after the jump.)
Now, let’s help those TNT producers scout locations. The new series reportedly focuses on a struggle between the next generation of Ewings for control of the family fortunes. I’ve got to think one of the kids is going to have his own place in the W, like this?
Where else are they bound to film?
Warner Horizon Television has selected Dallas, Texas as the location for TNT’sÂ Dallas, an all-new series based upon one of the most popular television dramas of all time. TNT announced Friday that it has ordered a full season of 10 episodes and will give viewers their first look at the newÂ Dallas tonight, Monday, July 11, with a sneak peek during the season premieres of the network’s blockbuster hitsÂ The Closer, which starts at 8 p.m. Central, andÂ Rizzoli & Isles, which airs at 9 p.m. Central. The new series will show off the vibrant city that Dallas is today.
TNT’s newÂ Dallas brings a new generation of stars together with cast members from the original drama series. The newÂ Dallas stars Josh Henderson (90210), Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious), Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) and Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives), and they will be joined by iconic stars Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing.
Executive producer Cynthia Cidre, who wrote the acclaimed filmÂ The Mambo Kings and executive produced the television seriesCane, wrote the pilot for the newÂ Dallas. TNT’s series is based on the original series created by David Jacobs. Michael M. Robin (The Closer) directed and executive produced the pilot.
The originalÂ Dallas aired from 1978 to 1991 and centered on the Ewing family, a cattle and oil dynasty occupying the expansive Southfork Ranch in Texas. A long and bitter rivalry between brothers J.R. Ewing (Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Duffy) eventually led to J.R. losing control of most of the Ewing industries. In the newÂ Dallas, this explosive rivalry now lives on through another generation, with the future of the family fortune in the hands of the Ewing offspring: cousins John Ross Ewing (Henderson), the son of J.R. and ex-wife Sue Ellen (Gray), and Christopher Ewing (Metcalfe), the adopted son of Bobby. Brewster stars as Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross. Gonzalo stars as Christopher’s fiancÃ©e, Rebecca. And Strong stars as Ann, Bobby’s wife.
The series is expected to have a significant financial impact on the city; create many jobs for crew, actors, extras and vendors; and increase tourism.
“The City of Dallas is very excited to once again have an iconic television series named after our City and pleased that we could assist in making Dallas not only the obvious location choice, but a good choice for the bottom line too,” said Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano. Now that TNT has officially placed the series order, Warner Horizon Television can move forward with contracts to finalize the Dallas shoot. Pre-production and production on the series are expected to begin later this year.
The Dallas Film Commission is the official film commission for the Greater Dallas area. Its mission includes marketing and promoting the area to content creators; serving as the primary liaison between the industry, government and the community as well as educating, promoting and advocating for growth of the local industry. In November 2009 the film commission transitioned to the City of Dallas Office of Economic Development to provide a more synergistic approach to growing the City’s targeted media industries.
Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of scripted series for the cable marketplace and primetime reality series for both network and cable. Founded in 2006, this second production entity allows the Warner Bros. Television Group to expand its programming offerings and explore creative options made possible under a new business model. WHTV’s current unscripted series areÂ The Voice for NBC,Â The Bachelor,Â The Bachelorette,Â Bachelor Pad and the upcomingÂ Take the Money and Run for ABC,Â H8R for The CW andÂ Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew for MTV. Scripted programs from WHTV areÂ Rizzoli & Isles andÂ Memphis Beat for TNT, as well asÂ Pretty Little Liars andÂ The Lying Game for ABC Family.