On this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly, the pop culture magazine explores TV’s summer success story of TNT’s reboot of Dallas, which already has been renewed for its second season, and we are only half way through season one!
In a preview of the EW feature, several of the leading cast members chime in with some interesting and fun quotes! Patrick Duffy (Bobby) laughs “It’s almost dream-like!” Duffy along with Larry Hagman and Linda Gray, and newcomers Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, and Julie Gonzalo, anchor the new incarnation. “And God if I wake up and find out I’m playing some gnarly grandpa in a sitcom somewhere, I’m going to be so pissed off,” Duffy adds. (And for those pissed off Bobby and Pam fans, executive producer Cynthia Cidre explains why she didn’t want to bring back Victoria Principal. “No, no, no, no,” she says. “What angle could I possibly play in the relationship?”)
The dream took a nightmarish turn two days before Hagman was due on set when he called his long-time best friend Duffy with news of his cancer. “I told him, ‘You bastard. I just got a good job and you’re going to bail on me,’” says Duffy. “The nerve of you dying at the apex of my career. Unacceptable.’” Hagman worked through his entire chemotherapy and radiation treatment, infusing J.R. with the same gleeful mischief audiences love to hate. Shortly before the show’s premiere, his doctor pronounced him cancer-free. “Hagman looked me in the eye and said ‘Whaddya think, 10 seasons?’” says TNT president Michael Wright.
For exclusive dish on the various twists and turns still in store for the embattled Ewing family, plus an interview with Hagman’s hard-working eyebrow wrangler, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, June 20.
So soapers what is your favorite part of the new Dallas? Let us know!