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The March 11 episode of TNT’s Dallas features J.R. Ewing’s funeral, but tonight’s hour (9 p.m. ET) is, according to the network’s promo, “the end of J.R. Ewing.” Haven’t been watching the reboot’s second season but want to take part in this pop culture moment? Here’s a quick primer:
1. While season 1 of TNT’s Dallas was about J.R. (Larry Hagman) and his son John Ross (Josh Henderson) scheming to steal Southfork from Bobby (Patrick Duffy), whose name is still on the deed, season 2 has revolved around John Ross and J.R. trying to gain control of Ewing Energies. John Ross, Bobby, Bobby’s son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), and Christopher’s fiancée Elena (Jordana Brewster) were equal partners in the business until last week’s episode. John Ross had made sure Elena’s brother Drew (Kuno Becker) got caught transporting stolen goods. Drew pled guilty, which violated the morality clause in the contract Elena had with John Ross’ mother, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), who’d loaned Elena money in season 1 to drill a well that Drew had recently been put in charge of (Elena had yet to strike oil and Sue Ellen, prompted by John Ross, was demanding a return on her investment). Bobby had season 1 dirt on J.R. and John Ross saved on a cloud drive, which he was prepared to turn over to the authorities if Sue Ellen tried to seize Elena’s assets — namely her shares of Ewing Energies. But when Bobby went to show the evidence to Sue Ellen, he realized a video that J.R. had sent him of a dog playing basketball had planted some kind of virus on Bobby’s laptop that erased the cloud drive. J.R., by this point, was already gone. We have no idea where he went. Sue Ellen, meanwhile, later showed up at Ewing Energies ready to take her seat at the table. Assuming that sticks, John Ross and his mother now control 50 percent of the company. That’s important because… READ FULL STORY
“You’re not the first Pam to fox her way into the hen house. I’m one for one on flushing out Pamelas. And I plan on being two for two.”
– J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) on Dallas
Never bet against J.R. Ewing. Though that’s just what many industry insiders and Dallas nostalgists did when word got out that a revival of the iconic ’80s series was in the works. And yet the new Dallas, which premiered on June 13, has since emerged as cable’s No. 1 new drama and has also been picked up for a second season. The show has proven to be every bit as delicious as the original. Take it from Larry Hagman, who is clearly relishing the opportunity to unleash his incorrigible J.R. on a new generation. “This makes the old one look like milk toast in the morning with no cinnamon sugar,” he says with a laugh.
On this week’s cover, EW explores TV’s most improbable success story of the summer. “It’s almost dream-like,” laughs Duffy, who along with Hagman and Linda Gray, and newcomers Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, and Julie Gonzalo, anchor the new incarnation. “And God if I wake up and find out I’m playing some gnarly grandpa in a sitcom somewhere, I’m going to be so pissed off,” Duffy adds. (And for those pissed off Bobby and Pam fans, executive producer Cynthia Cidre explains why she didn’t want to bring back Victoria Principal. “No, no, no, no,” she says. “What angle could I possibly play in the relationship?”)
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