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!