Friday, June 29, 2012
JR Ewing (and his eyebrows) are back for a second season of Dallas in 2013
Well that was fast. After the fourth episode of Dallas aired on TNT Wednesday night, the network announced Friday that it will renew the redeveloped show for a second season with 15 episodes.
The show is a romp for old and new Dallas fans alike. As an old-fashioned family feud between the younger Ewing brothers, it's now a battle of crude oil and alternative energy, of good guys and bad. Handsome young bucks Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe convincingly become the center of all the attention, though JR Ewing's eyebrows steal the spotlight more often than not.
"Dallas has been a success for us on every level: pitch-perfect writing, smart directing and buzz-worthy performances by a new generation of stars and their iconic counterparts," said Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS, and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in a statement.
The series was formerly at the top of the charts during its first run from 1978 to 1991. The new show is seeing 6.9 million viewers each week, good enough for a round two.
That's good news for the city of Dallas, which has already netted $12.5 million in the first season from money directly spent in the city to produce the show.
Unsurprisingly, Dallas features Big D in a big way. As we said in mid-June, "The credits of the 2012 reprise include sweeping shots of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, plus a stare-down on the 50 yard line of Cowboys Stadium. There's even a scene of someone walking through the downtown location of Neiman Marcus, one of Dallas' treasured businesses." The show isn't a great representation of how Dallas really is, as plenty of Dallas representatives say, but the economic upside is too good to pass up.
Shannon Sutlief contributed to this story.