Patrick Duffy and Jesse Metcalfe Talk ‘Dallas’

Tonight’s the night. If you’ve been wondering whatever happened to J.R., Sue Ellen, and Bobby, tonight you get to find out. And if you’re wondering whatever happen to those kids and what men they grew up to be, well, get ready to see the Christopher and John Ross for who they really are now. It’s been 20 years, and it’s time to see what the Ewings are up to.

But first, how about a quick chat with the stars? I was thrilled to be part of a conference call with Patrick Duffy and Jesse Metcalfe, who play Bobby and Christopher respectively. Check out some of the Q&A below, just in time for tonight.

And don’t forget. The two-hour premiere event of Dallas airs tonight at 9/8c on TNT!

Big fan of the show…How is the new version different and how is it similar? –

Jesse Metcalfe:  Okay. Well, I’d say it’s a more contemporary version of the original show. You know, I don’t think we’ve changed what made the original series great. I mean, the show still centers around these major themes of, you know, family dynamics, and greed, and loyalty, and love, and betrayal.

But we’ve just updated it. And we made it modern and definitely socially relevant to the times. And in addition to that, you know, we added some new characters.

Obviously, Christopher and John Ross were established in the original series. But, you know, you now get to see the type of man that these two children have grown up to be.

And, you know, we also introduced the character of Elena Ramos, who is the one side of the love triangle between me, Josh Henderson, and Jordana [Brewster], and she’s the daughter of our…

Patrick Duffy:  The Ewing housekeeper for, you know.

Jesse Metcalfe:  Yeah, the Ewing housekeeper. And, you know, she definitely wasn’t a part of the original series. And then we also have my fiancé, Rebecca Sutter played by Julie Gonzalo so.

It’s a great marriage of the original show and the original cast and some new cast members.

Patrick Duffy:  Yeah. The difference also is just technologically speaking television is done so differently now that if we tried to duplicate the old school Dallas, I think it would be slow in appearance and in substance for a modern audience.

So with the technology that we have with high def cameras and the new way of directing television, which is so dynamic and so intense in terms of the pacing. And the scripts reflect that also. They’re much more condensed.

We get maybe four or five episodes of an old Dallas in one episode of the new Dallas. So all of these things, I think, contemporize the old show. But we maintain the honor that Cynthia Cidre and Mike Robin feel towards the show. So that hasn’t changed.

And I think that’s what will impress old viewers as they look at the new Dallas is it’s so much similar to what they were used to. But it’s done for a contemporary audience.

So we think we got the best of both worlds. And we’re hoping that everybody out there is going to agree with us.


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