Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Lindy Gray get a long-awaited payday from their hit television show “Dallas,” and this time it’s not from residuals. A new series based on the old series debuted last night.
The original Dallas aired from 1978 to 1991 and set a standard for television dramas. It also pioneered the use of cliff-hangers to keep the audience hooked from one week to the next.
And it was the first show to celebrate nouveau mega-riches. It focused on a Texas-sized family and a rivalry between oilman JR Ewing, played by Hagman, and his brother Bobby Ewing, played by Duffy. Gray played J.R. Ewing’s long suffering, alcoholic wife Sue Ellen.
They rejoined the cast of the rebooted series, which follows the same premise. Only this time the rivalry is between cousins John Ross Ewing, played by Josh Henderson, and Christopher Ewing, played by Jesse Metcalfe.
Hagman, Duffy and Gray appeared on “The Tonight Show,” with Jay Leno, last night (June 12) to talk about the series and why it took more than 20 years to get it back on the air.
Hagman said they have been approached numerous times over the years, but the script “hadn’t been right,” he said. This time producers hit the nail on the head. Duffy said the new show is just like “year 14” from the show’s 13-year run.
Duffy said the three got along famously on the set, and often played practical jokes on one another. Hagman revealed that he had a fondness for champagne and would buy it by the case. “Half of it would be gone the first day. A case would last about two days,” he said.
Check out the interviews below.