Yes, Dallas had plots with the other character, but they were small and in many cases led back to JR. JR whether he was backroom dealing and/or trying get rid of Valene and/or Pam was key to Dallas. Bobby was the good guy, but he did his share backroom deals as well. The problem is the actors playing John Ross and Christopher do not have staying power, because the role they play are adversary. You have to a jerk like attitude or be able put on a jerk like attitude. I just do not see jerk type of characteristics with John Ross's actor. The new series is trying to build the characters into something they are not suited for with there skill sets. The new dallas is trying hard to build an audience through old and new actors. However, i am little concern with what direction the show will take as part its development. The scripts/writing was done before the Larry Hagman died and will need to be re-work. I would suspect there will be some flash backs with JR and its son.