‘Dallas’ Stars Excited for New Series
By Jason Harris
Dallas is set to return to television Wednesday night for a new generation to learn about the Ewing clan.
Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious) and Julie Gonzalo (television series Veronica Mars), two of the stars of the new series, recently came to Boston to promote the show.
Gonzalo said they were excited about the new series and shooting at Southfork.
“I don’t think it has set in that it’s such a big deal until now when the shows about to roll out,” Gonzalo said.
The original Dallas debuted in 1978 as a five-part mini-series and ran for fourteen seasons until 1991 on CBS.
Brewster and Gonzalo didn’t watch the original series until they got the job in the new one, they said. They have watched three seasons so far.
“We weren’t born when it came out,” Gonzalo said about the original Dallas.
They weren’t born until the third and fourth seasons came out. Brewster was born in 1980 and Gonzalo in 1981. Another obstacle to watching the show was the fact that they weren’t living in the United States.
“I grew up in a different country until 1990,” Gonzalo said.
Gonzalo and Brewster were living in Argentina and Brazil respectively.
The “beauty of the show” is the fact that you can see where these characters are 30 years later, which “no other show has ever done,” Gonzalo said.
The new show gives people a chance to see how the Ewings’ children turned out, Brewster said.
“Cynthia [Cidre] wrote an amazing script with great, well-crafted characters and many, many twists and turns so it was heavily plotted … ,” Brewster said.
Audiences will see for themselves tomorrow night at 9 p.m. on TNT. The first season has ten episodes. The pilot was shot in April 2011 while the rest of the season was shot between last October and this past February, Brewster said.
The shows’ stars are contracted for six seasons, which is standard for a television contract, Brewster said.
Gonzalo said it’s up to the audience and how it is received if the show continues past the first season. She said that after the season wrapped Patrick Duffy kept saying ‘only 13 more to go.’
Brewster said Duffy has “the Midas touch” when it comes to working on television.
Gonzalo thinks in Duffy’s entire television career he has only been unemployed for two months, one month between The Man from Atlantis and Dallas and another month between Dallas and Step by Step.
When asked about Duffy, Larry Hagman, and Linda Gray, the original stars of Dallas, Gonzalo said Duffy is like their dad, Gray like their mom, and Hagman is like a “funny uncle.”
Hagman, who “has had such a colorful life,” had the best and greatest stories, she said.
“We had a sense of family the minute we all met,” Gonzalo said.
Dallas starts Wednesday night with a two-hour episode airing on TNT at 9 p.m.
To read Stacey Longo’s review of the new series, click here.