'Dallas' Is Back...And J.R. Ewing Is Alive and Well on TNT

The Ewings are back in the saddle again! Family history repeats itself at Southfork Ranch on the soapy reboot of the '80s classic

On May 3, 1991, the iconic nighttime soap, Dallas, took its final bow after 14 seasons. On June 13, 2012, viewers will see Dallas resurrected on TNT (at 9 p.m. ET) -- with most of its core cast in place. Plus a new generation of conniving family members has joined oil baron J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), his brother Bobby (Patrick Duffy), his ex-wife Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), and his nemesis, Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval). 

When viewers last saw J.R., he was contemplating suicide after losing Southfork Ranch to Bobby and Ewing Oil to Barnes. His son John Ross had abandoned him to live with his mother in London. He slowly raised the gun to his head, but the camera cut to Bobby returning home. When the gun went off, viewers saw Bobby rush into the room and cry, "Oh, my God!" 

Was J.R. dead? Uh, no. The series picks up 20 years later, with a broken J.R. living in an assisted living home. Clearly, he's never gotten over all those profound losses. (Perhaps even the human ones.) But his estranged son John Ross Ewing III  (Josh Henderson) has turned out to be as oil-obsessed as his dad. When Bobby catches John Ross drilling on Southfork property, the kid needs the old man's help. His son's ambition reinvigorates J.R., and the family feud is officially on again.

Here's where things get interesting, because Bobby has a grown son, too. Christopher (Desperate Housewives' Jesse Metcalfe) is less of an oil guy and more passionate about, of all things, alternative energy. As if this isn't enough to spark tension between the two cousins, they both appear to love the same girl, Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster), who is the sexy daughter of the Southfork cook. (Nothing like spicing things up with a little upstairs downstairs seasoning!) But in the premiere, Christopher has returned home from Asia engaged to a woman named Rebecca.

In the original series, Christopher's adoptive mother, Pam (Victoria Principal -- who's not in this version of the show) was the daughter of a woman named Rebecca. And that Rebecca also had a son: Cliff Barnes, enemy of J.R. Coincidence? Oh, no. Keep an eye on this new Rebecca. Something's up with her.

At any rate, the dastardly J.R. may be 20 years older, but with the help of John Ross, he's back in the game. And so are the fans of this iconic show.

Take a peek at what's in store tonight: 

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