Oh what a mess! The creator of the original version of the series, Dallas, David Jacobs, who also created our favorite nighttime soap, Knots Landing, spoke out to Forbes.com in an exclusive about how the new TNT version scheduled to debut on June 13th excluded him from any input on the new series. Jacob’s will only receive a “created by” screen credit, with no money and no participation in the project.
Jacobs informed Forbes.com that the new show producers have cut him out completely. “I will not waive my rights. The material isn’t bad. But I read the scripts and found they were very plot driven. I thought she was going to have trouble down the road. The original Dallas and Knots Landing ran five years too long because the audience was so engaged with the characters. You didn’t need to come up with constant plot points. The scripts are good. But they should have made Bobby’s kid the bad one, and JR’s kid the good one. Bobby has a new wife, and she’s from Houston. She should have been from main line Philadelphia or Boston or New York. Or very rich. But I never had the opportunity to express any of this.”
What do you think of Jacob’s exclusion from something he created? And, what do you think of what he had to say about making Bobby Ewing’s son the bad seed, and JR Ewing’s son the good seed? Let us know!