"Dallas" lives again, and this time it's for real.
TNT didn't need a shower to resurrect this series, and it's come back with a vengeance (and that's just in the storyline). The cable channel has decided to renew it for a second season after just four episodes, increasing next year's order to 15 from the 10 it got to start off with.
"Dallas," which continued the original CBS series and stars the likes of Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray along with a brand new cast that includes Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson and Jordana Brewster.
"Dallas" is averaging 6.9 million viewers, making it the No. 1 new basic cable series, according to Variety. It's not far behind another popular TNT series, "Rizzoli & Isles," which is averaging 7.1 million viewers, and earned sits own new season in 2013, bringing its total to four.
It premiered with just under 7 million viewers, but has averaged closer to 5 million in recent weeks.
"Rizzoli," which moved to anchor a new night, is down from the 8 million viewers it averaged in its first two seasons.
"'Dallas' has been a success for us on every level: pitch-perfect writing, smart directing and buzz-worthy performances by a new generation of stars and their iconic counterparts," said Michael Wright, who is Turner's head of programming.
Like many of TNT's programs in development, "Dallas" had a long gestation period. The cable channel announced the revival in 2010, and filmed the pilot in early 2011. The remaining episodes were filmed later that year after getting the green light from TNT.
David Jacobs, who created the original CBS program, has no involvement in the new show. Instead, the work has fallen to Cynthia Cidre, who developed the show for modern audiences.
While "Dallas" is a continuation of the original television series, it does not seem to be using later television specials featuring the "Dallas" cast as part of its canon. In fact, Duffy himself said that the show pretty much picks up where the final season left off -- just a number of years later.
"Dallas" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on TNT. "Rizzoli & Isles" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.
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