Original “Dallas” stars Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy have signed on to the TNT pilot that shifts the focus of the Ewing family feud to the next generation. They are to reprise their roles as the bad seed JR, the troubled Sue Ellen and the good son Bobby.
The new series will center on their sons — John Ross and Christopher — who battle just as much as their fathers. The trio last worked together in the 1998 one-off telefilm “The War of the Ewings”
The show, which relaunched the nighttime serial in 1978 and signed off in 1991, reached its zenith with the “Who Shot JR?” storyline that dominated the headlines in 1980.
It contended for Best Drama at both the 1980 and 1981 Emmy Awards, losing first to “Lou Grant” and then “Hill Street Blues.” Hagman was nominated for Best Drama Actor those two years as well, losing to the stars of the respective series winners – Ed Asner and Daniel J. Travianti. Gray lost her only Best Drama Actress bid in 1981 to Barbara Babcock (“Hill Street Blues”).