TNT gave viewers their first glimpse of its newly greenlighted series Dallas on Monday night during the season premieres of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles. The Warner Horizon Television-produced project — which got the go-ahead late last week with a 10-episode order for a summer 2012 premiere — is from executive producer Cynthia Cidre, who also wrote the pilot. Michael M. Robin directed the pilot and also executive produced. The cast includes Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong along with a couple of original Dallas denizens you might recognize.
EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Metcalfe has landed the role of Bobby and Pam Ewing’s adopted son Christopher on TNT’s Dallas, with Veronica Mars alumna Julie Gonzalo also landing a lead role in the pilot. Metcalfe was one of the two finalists for the role of Christopher, along with Alex Russell.
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 (Metcalfe) – who clash over the future of the Ewing dynasty while the fate of Southfork itself weighs in the balance. Gonzalo will play Rebecca, Christopher’s fiancee. Also set 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.
Gonzalo, repped by UTA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin, co-starred on ABC’s Eli Stone.Desperate Housewives alum Metcalfe, repped by Gersh and Untitled, has co-starred on NBC’s Chase this season.