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.
I'm sorry but I disagree...I think the new actors do
have staying power. I think John Ross can maybe even be more of a "jerk" than his dad, in some ways.
All the characters are suited for exactly what they're doing, and have mutiple skill talents! I do agree that "Dallas" is trying to build an audience with both the older characters and the new...but that's what they need and should do!
If they had tired to just have the younger actors, without the originals, this show would not have lasted the 10 episodes it did last season! It takes both sets to make this show work.
They should hire me on as a writer! You're correct on the fact if any one of the main actors had left it never would have been the same. I well remember Miss Ellie being replaced by Donna Reed and it wasn't the same that whole time. Not to take anything away from Ms. Reed, but she was no Barbara Bel Geddes. I wasn't even 10 years old when J.R. was shot but I waited anxiously to find out and I tuned in and even ran outside to tell my parents Dallas was on. Yeah, I've been a fan for a long time. :cool: I highly doubt Barbara Eden would be the murderer but I could see Victoria Principal IF she was willing to come back, get some kind of a sweetheart deal to come back. That could throw a whole story line for trouble in Bobby's marriage if she came back. I don't remember every nuance of the old series, but wouldn't Bobby and Pam still be legally married if she were alive?
LOL!! They should definitely hire me on as a writer too...I could create all kinds of "wild", shocking storylines!
I definitely could see Pam being J.R.'s killer if they actually were able to get her to agree to come on the show...but I don't think that'll happen.
I wasn't even 10 years old when J.R. was shot either! I also wasn't even allowed to watch the show at that time, as my parents felt I was too young and it was an adult show. But, I'll never forget everyone talking about it--and everyone from my grandma to my great aunts were madly trying to figure out who did it, LOL!
Of course I've since seen every episode of the original "Dallas", and the "Who Shot J.R.?" ones are some of my favorites.
As for Pam and Bobby still being legally married...I don't think so. If I remember right in Pam's last episode (which was the look-alike and not even Victoria) she asked Bobby to let her go and I think divorce papers were either mentioned or presented to him. Anytime one of the cast members left the original show it was never the same. Yes, when Miss Ellie was suddenly played by Donna Reed (who was a superb actress and person) fans did not care for it and ratings dropped. When Barbara Bel Geddes returned ratings went back up. When Patrick Duffy left the show, and was supposedly killed off, ratings took a real nose dive! Larry called him and begged/talked him into coming back. It was Duffy's wife at the time that actually came up with the idea of the previous season being just Pam's dream...and that he was still alive and was never killed!
Once Bobby was back...ratings went back up. Everyone had an important part that made the show work. I feel this new show is the same. Everyone of course will miss J.R. once he's gone...but there are still many directions to take, John Ross can really begin becoming like his father, other problems that J.R. created can still pop up, and because of that (as the cast has already stated) J.R.'s legacy will live on in each episode--even after the funeral! If some people really don't like this new show...okay that's their opinion. But, why come here and continually state that??
Let's try supporting it, and giving it a chance! I saw a ton of advertizements tonight on TNT...so hopefully they'll really start getting the word out now. They looked superb, and I can't wait!! :tu: