What is the TNT show "Dallas" about?


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The TNT show "Dallas" was a continuation of the popular 1980s series about a family of oil tycoons, with the central drama revolving around the rivalry between J.R. Ewing and his brother, Bobby. The main characters in the sequel were J.R.'s son, John Ross Ewing, and Bobby's adopted son, Christopher.

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Larry Hagman reprised his role as J.R. Ewing and Patrick Duffy returned as Bobby Ewing in the TNT series. In the new "Dallas," the future of the family fortune fell to their sons. Josh Henderson starred as John Ross Ewing III, who frequently clashed with his cousin, Christopher Ewing, played by Jesse Metcalfe.

John Ross and Christopher experienced conflict over the family fortune and future of Ewing Oil, as well as their personal relationships. During the course of the show, John Ross carried on an affair with Christopher's former fiancée, Elena, played by Jordana Brewster.

The elder J.R. and Bobby were featured heavily on the show, though Hagman died during the filming of the second season. The second season episode depicting J.R. Ewing's funeral earned the show's highest ratings, with 3.6 million viewers.

TNT cancelled "Dallas" after the third season, despite its stable ratings and loyal audience, which critics attributed to the popularity of the original 1980s soap. A fan campaign to resurrect the show was unsuccessful.

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