The Dallas TV Show, review for 2012
By Steven C Higley
“ They're baaaaaack…” And with some new blood , which is a good thing. The new 'old hit show' Dallas will include several actors/characters from the original series, although the new regurgitation will focus mainly around John Ross Ewing III and Christopher Ewing, the now-adult sons of Ewing brothers J.R. and Bobby respectively.
The series is being produced for TNT, sister company to Warner Bros. Television, which has owned the original series since it's acquisition of Lorimar Productions (Michael Jay Solomon) in 1989.
On July 8, 2011, after viewing the completed pilot episode, TNT gave a green light for the series with a 10-episode order, which will premiere on June 13, 2012. I don’t know if you remember this show but if you do you should remember the controversial " Who shot Jr?" which turned out to be the biggest cliffhanger in the world at the time. It had the entire nation talking. Everyone was glued to their sets for the season opener looking for answers. When it was revealed that the entire premise of the shocking season finale was nothing more than a 'dream sequence' all one could hear was a sound like a large balloon losing it's air…a blubbering contrail of rushing air that sounded and smelled like someone passing wind.
The cheesiest crap that had come off of a keyboard in a long time. I remember thinking at the time I hope they fire the writing staff, as they forgot that a cliffhanger as two sides to it.
I took off my tee shirt that read 'Who shot Jr?' and donned one that said 'FU-Jr!' I must not have been the only fan who felt this way because the ratings started dropping from that day forward. So much so that the show never recovered.
Now we find ourselves in 2012 and most are really getting tired and bored with reality TV…and VAMPIRES! But the Network Gods have spoken and think the sane, rational and profitable approach is to
'GO RETRO' by resurrecting old TV shows from the 70's and 80's. Is this the best that Hollywood can do? Have the gods gone crazy again? It seems Creativity is dead and gone. Or at least it smells like something has died.
So what's new on the horizon? It seems to be more of the same as indicated below.
The Complete Pilot Report: CBS Has Greg Berlanti, Louis C.K. and Bridesmaids Stars!
Joanna Garcia, Louis C.K.
The fall TV season is taking shape. Networks have ordered dozens of new pilots starring familiar faces including Zachary Levi, Mindy Kaling, Mandy Moore and Sarah Silverman, and from proven producers like Josh Schwartz, J.J. Abrams, Greg Berlanti and Kevin Williamson. Also making a comeback this year: Iconic characters including Green Arrow, Carrie Bradshaw, Sherlock Holmes and Beauty and the Beast.
To keep track of who's doing what, read our complete list of all the series projects in contention and check back for updates on their status. Here are the CBS pilots: (Click here for ABC, CW, Fox and NBC.)
A former public defender-turned-
Baby Big Shot
A working class woman (Janet Montgomery) uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a Manhattan law firm in this series from Happy Endings' Jamie Tarses and The West Wing's Kevin Falls. Dana Calvo (Covert Affairs) will write and co-executive-
A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes in which Sherlock (Eli Stone's Jonny Lee Miller) is a recovering addict and consultant for the NYPD. Lucy Liu will portray his Watson. Robert Doherty (Medium) will write and executive-produce with Justified duo Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Aidan Quinn will also star.
A sensible mother (Mira Sorvino) becomes a New York state trooper in this project from Jerry Bruckheimer. Heroes scribe Aron Eli Coleite will write and executive-produce. Jay Hernandez, Timothée Chalamet, Quinn Shephard, Anna Wood and Lily Pilblad will also star.
Untitled Greg Berlanti-Nicholas Wootton project (formerly known as Golden Boy)
Theo James stars as a young and ambitious new officer makes the meteoric rise from cop to detective to Police Commissioner. Chi McBride will play his new partner. Nicholas Wootton will write and executive-produce alongside Brothers & Sisters' Greg Berlanti. Kevin Alejandro, Holt McCallany, Bonnie Somerville and Stella Maeve will also star.
Untitled Ralph Lamb project
The true story of Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid) — rodeo cowboy turned longtime Las Vegas Sheriff -- set in the 1960s. Nicholas Pileggi and Without a Trace's Greg Walker will write and executive-produce alongside Men in Trees duo James Mangold and Cathy Konrad. Michael Chiklis, Jason O'Mara, Carrie-Anne Moss and Taylor Handley will also star.
After losing three partners in the line of duty, a decorated police detective (John Corbett) becomes surrogate husband, lover and father to their families. David Hubbard will write. CSI's Carol Mendelsohn will co-produce. Jennifer Beals, Paula Marshall, Conor Leslie, Elyes Gabel, Jason Hernandez and Natalie Martinez will also star. Eriq La Salle and Michael Irby will guest.
BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA….the same old stories with a new wrapper. But it seems they really missed the mark on a new series called 'TITANS'. It's like Dallas, but on steroids!
The script as been secretly circulating around some big names for some time now, and from what I understand it is about the world's largest TV network (faith-based)
I have personally had the privilege of reading parts of the script and it's damned good! While it is certainly ready for an anxious prime-time audience, it's pilot is not yet ready for the upcoming fall season. But let's keep our fingers crossed!
By the way, the Titan family's international headquarters is located in Dallas Texas. Hmmmm….I wonder what that is all about? If something or someone is going to get shot once again, I hope it is the series called 'Titans'. It makes me feel like taking a sabbatical from TV until 2013.http://www.youtube.com/