Nellie Andreeva

Desperate Housewives alum Jesse Metcalfe and up-and-comer Alex Russell are the finalists to play Bobby and Pam Ewing’s adopted son, Christopher, in TNT’s Dallas reboot.

The updated Dallas, from Cane creator Cynthia Cidre and Warner Horizon, centers on the offspring of bitter rivals and brothers J.R. and Bobby Ewing – J.R.’s son, John Ross (Josh Henderson) and  his cousin Christopher – who clash over the future of the Ewing dynasty while the fate of Southfork itself weighs in the balance. Also tapped for the pilot are original Dallas stars Larry Hagman as J.R., Patrick Duffy as Bobby and Linda Gray as Sue Ellen, as well as Jordana Brewster as Elena, who is locked into a love triangle with Christopher and John. Michael M. Robin is directing the pilot. Metcalfe is co-starring on NBC’s freshman drama Chase, which has been pulled off the schedule and is not expected to return next season.

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