TNT has renewed its revival of long running prime-time drama Dallas. The series, which ran from 1978 to 1991 originally, has proved a ratings success since its return to TV screens earlier this month.
The series topped over seven million viewers for its debut outing and has managed an average rating of 6.9 million for the first series.
Cable broadcaster TNT has announced a further fifteen episodes are to be produced later this year for transmission in early 2013.
“Dallas has been a success for us on every level” said Michael Wright of TNT, adding “pitch-perfect writing, smart directing and buzz-worthy performances by a new generation of stars and their iconic counterparts… it’s clear the Ewings of Southfork have once again captured the imagination of viewers.”
The ‘new’ Dallas continues the original story with old favourites such as Sue Ellen (Linda Gray ), JR Ewing (Larry Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy ) while the next generation carry on the traditions of Southfork, mainly fighting and arguing over oil.
Dallas focuses plot wise overall on that next generation with John Ross (Josh Henderson), the son of JR and Sue Ellen, and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), the adopted son of Bobby taking the main storyline.
John Ross has become almost a carbon copy of his father, bent on oil, money and greed. Christopher, meanwhile, has become a lot like Bobby, caring for the traditions of Southfork and upholding the beliefs of his late grandmother, Miss Ellie.
Dallas will air on Channel 5 in the UK later this year