OK, we’re in! In a very impressive two hour season premiere on TNT, the highly anticipated Dallas reboot was a big winner last night in the ratings scoring an impressive average of 6.8 million viewers on Wednesday, making it the No. 1 scripted series premiere on all of cable so far this year. TNT, as a result, was the No. 1 network among basic cable Wednesday. The show lured 1.9 million adults 18-49 and 2.4 million adults 25-54.
So what was our review of the two-hour premiere episode? First off, there were some very juicy twists and turns, Dallas- flavored backstabbing, and story arcs that clearly make us want to tune-in next week and throughout the ten week run of the series! And the show looked very majestic with its over head shots and long shots of Dallas, the ranch and the splendor of it all. Plus it brought it to modern times, in particular with the music montage used effectively at the end of Christopher’s wedding, which make it feel like something on television from this decade.
Our favorites in the premiere were Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing who was deliciously sinister, a snake in the grass, a real bad boy, and sexy to boot. He seems to be the catalyst that makes the new Dallas go! We also loved the performances by Brenda Strong as Ann Ewing and Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing and bought into them as husband and wife. As Bobby deals with his cancer diagnosis, and Ann learns the truth (and can load a shotgun at a seconds notice!), we saw both these characters strength and vulnerability. Bobby wants to keep his promise to his mama Miss Ellie, about the land on Southfork while John Ross drilled on it and struck oil. BIG problems! J.R. comes out of a catatonic depressive state and becomes the old J.R. of old and it’s always fun to see Larry Hagman again, but what is so interesting is that John Ross is even double crossing his dad, and vice-versa!
There is also the sizzling plot between the two brothers, John Ross and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) where we learned that Christopher was to marry Jordana Brewster’s Elena Ramos, only someone emailed a break up letter and messed it their relationship up! (We think it Julie Gonzalo’s character of Rebecca Sutter, and Rebecca’s brother who have hatched a two year plan, which was exactly probably around the same time that email came. Subplot!) Only now Christopher (in the premiere episode) marries Rebecca. Linda Gray’s Sue Ellen is back, this time telling John Ross she will help him any way she can to get Southfork and it looks like she has political aspirations! Will Sue Ellen eventually fall of the wagon? We can only hope so!
There was so much double-crossing we had to keep a score card, but that’s why we loved the original Dallas and if things keep going this way, we will all fall in love with it, all over again. Let us know what you thoughts on the premiere and who really stood out to you?