Tonight is the highly-anticipated season three premiere of TNT’s reboot of Dallas (9PMEST/8CST)! And according to TV Guide, this season will truly harken back to the show’s history by mirroring several of the story points with the original series, but with the next generation and revisiting some very dark and deep wounds of the past with the veteran characters, in particular that of Sue Ellen played by Linda Gray!
As viewers saw at the end of last season, Sue Ellen hit the bottle after the death of J.R (the late Larry Hagman). And in season three, expect her to be boozin’ big time! Dallas showrunner Cynthia Cidre previews, “I wanted Sue Ellen to be front and center this season. And she really does have a hell of an arc. I think it’s some of the best acting Linda has ever done.”
Linda Gray revealed her thoughts on revisiting Sue Ellen’s battle with the alcohol, which she was initially opposed to because of disrupting recovering alcoholics perception since they looked up to Sue Ellen for remaining sober. Gray now stated with this season three story, “I love that she was running for governor in season one and she’s now headed for rehab, It keeps me excited about playing her.”
And in what Gray revealed was one of Larry Hagman’s favorite storylines from the original Dallas series on CBS, John Ross (Josh Henderson) will have his mother committed, just as J.R. did three decades earlier. “There is a powerful confrontation between John Ross and Sue Ellen in the kitchen that is my favorite scene of the season,” Gray says. To top it off, at Bobby’s (Patrick Duffy) urging, Sue Ellen will reluctantly move into Southfork so her concerned family can look after her! That can’t go to well, now can it?
So, are you excited to know that this season viewers will see Sue Ellen at her drunken best? What do you think about Linda Gray’s comments? Are you going to be tuning-in to the season three premiere tonight? Comment below!