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9 April 5th, 2012 TNT’s New DALLAS EP, Michael Robin on how the show plans to modernize the series!

The new Dallas remake it getting closer to its debut! TNT will launch the primetime soap on June 13th and to give us a flavor of what to expect, one of the shows executive producers, Michael Robin spoke with The New York Post to give some insight on what faithful Dallas viewers can expect, and what new fans of Southfork will see.  But first the concept: The new Dallas has fast-forwarded the characters 18 years, pitting JR and Bobby’s now-30something sons — John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) — against each other in a repeat of their fathers’ old battles.

Michael Robin on how they were going to modernize the Ewing saga: “We had to make sure it wasn’t campy, that we could legitimize the drama. That’s the critical thing. These shows can fall into silly soapiness really fast, so we had to get the behavior right.  One of the things  Dallas always did really well in the past . . . was its acting style, which used realism, and not melodrama. The actors and the characters would respond to wild things happening in a real way — they wouldn’t push the behavior to make it super-silly like some of the other melodramas. Some of the situations in Dallas were gigantic, but the actors wouldn’t play that.  They’d play it as real, so you went along for the ride, invested in the characters.”

Michael Robin on how he thinks  original Dallas fans will react to the reboot:  “I think fans of Dallas are not going to be disappointed. The characters they grew to love fully are in place. We knew going in, if we didn’t get this right and honor the past properly, the show’s very loyal, vocal fan base would toss us aside very quickly,” he says. But I don’t think that’s going to be the case. We worked hard to make sure there’s truth to the show’s past and a credible evolution of where this whole gang and world is 18 years later.”

So does the new Dallas make you want to drop in on Southfork again? Let us know!

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  1. Rodd says:

    Loved DALLAS; looking forward to the new-DALLAS> However, what did this EP mean in his reference to “silly soapiness”? Best not be insulting my daytime soaps, mister, ’cause them fightin’ words. LOL!

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  2. lew says:

    Melodrama didn’t exist on the old Dallas? PLEASE!!!!!!!

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  3. barbara t says:

    As long as all the originals are on most of the time I will enjoy ,Loved dallas glad its back,I would also like to know what silly soapiness means .LIke bobbys dream is that silly soapiness?Marlena turning into satin,freezing port charles,the alien in port charles I could go on.

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  4. cathy trinque says:

    Dallas was one of the best tv shows ever. I am so excited about seeing the interaction of the family again.

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  5. Alley says:

    I’ll be watching. I loved Dallas back in the day and am looking forward to seeing what the Ewings are up to.

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  6. Barbara says:

    His description of the old show is interesting. I watched both Dallas and the spin-off, Knots Landing. His comment about the acting style using “realism, and not melodrama” seems more appropriate to me to apply to Knots, not Dallas.

    Neither Dallas nor Knots was as outlandish as Dynasty or The Colbys (anyone else remember the inane storyline about Fallon being abducted by a UFO?). However, I always thought Knots was a little more grounded than Dallas.

    Speaking of Knots, I’m wondering why that show has not been “rebooted”? Knots had far more children on it (Bobby, Betsy, Meg, Kate’s new kid) that could serve as the main characters than Dallas did.

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  7. Jared says:

    Dallas was one of the best TV shows ever in its first 6 to 7 years. And no to those above, it was not campy or melodramatic. Those honors went to Dynasty.

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  8. Sheryl says:

    Can’t wait to see the Ewings and what kind of trouble they will stir up in Dallas.

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  9. Iakovos says:

    Sooooooooo excited to see this DALLAS reboot. As a series, it was very done although it went on a few seasons too long. That said… It seems this EP is on the money when it comes to how to relaunch this beloved TV show. I like the quote: “honor the past properly.”

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