'Dallas' Renewed for Second Season by TNT

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June 29th, 2012

via press release:


Ewings to Return to Southfork as TNT Orders Second Season of Hit Series Dallas,
From Warner Horizon Television

Basic Cable's #1 New Series Averaging 6.9 Million Viewers
TNT has renewed the hit series Dallas for a second season. The Warner Horizon Television-produced drama, which ranks as basic cable's #1 new series, is currently averaging 6.9 million viewersin its first season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for its second season, which is slated to air in 2013.Currently airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), TNT's Dallas marks the return to Southfork of J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing, who bring with them their arsenal of secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they’re joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a new level. The series stars Josh Henderson as John Ross, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing; Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher , Bobby’s adopted son; Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos, John Ross’ girlfriend; Julie Gonzalo as Rebecca Sutter, Christopher’s wife; and Brenda Strong as Bobby’s wife, Ann. They are joined by the original series’ iconic stars: Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing and Larry Hagman&nbs p;as J.R. Ewing."Dallas has been a success for us on every level: pitch-perfect writing, smart directing and buzz-worthy performances by a new generation of stars and their iconic counterparts," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "With Dallas' top-flight ratings, robust growth through time-shifted viewing and the extensive online buzz, it's clear the Ewings of Southfork have once again captured the imagination of viewers.”

Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with writer Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. Shot on location in the title city, Dallas was developed by Cidre and created by David Jacobs.

Dallas scored cable's #1 scripted series premiere for the year-to-date for its June 13 debut, drawing 7.8 million viewers in Live + 3 for the two-hour launch. The show's first two weeks have averaged 6.9 million viewers in Live + 3, with Live + 7 data still to be counted. With Dallas ranking as basic cable's top new series for the year-to-date, this marks the third consecutive summer TNT has claimed the #1 new show, following Rizzoli & Isles in 2010 and Falling Skies in 2011. Among key demos, Dallas is averaging 2.1 million adults 18-49 and 2.8 million adults 25-54 for the season-to-date.

About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Dallas, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Major Crimes, Perception and Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer's The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (working title) and 72 Hours (working title). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

  • Max

    Why did TNT renew this so fast?

    The ratings keep declining. The show has a chance hit below a 1.0 in the demo next week (especially next week with the holiday) and it could be at 0.7-0.8 for the rest of the season.

    Why renew? They have stronger options.

  • Chad

    AWESOME! Loving this DALLAS!

  • The End

    As I said yesterday, Dallas will be renewed without any doubt. And with this announcement I was correct.

    Falling Skies next.

  • DonJ1973

    Cool beans. With the demos being over 1.3 for the 1st 4 episodes, I figured that TNT would give a larger episode order for another season. Hopefully they re-sign all the older actors as well including Duffy and an aging Hagman.

  • Sam

    Really liking Dallas!

  • Tommy

    Loving the new “Dallas” – one of the very few things I watch live.

    But I remember when the series was just announced last year that Hagman said he would only be a regular for the first 10 episodes and then “pop in and out”, I wonder if that’s staying true and how many of the 15 episodes he will be in…

  • Sid

    No surprise here as Deadline is always right; TNT should announce the rest of their renewals anytime now.

  • Dillan

    Yay! Expecting Falling Skies renewal next.

  • The End


    No they’re not. Deadline posted a big report saying Harry’s Law was renewed by NBC the very same day it was cancelled, with no evidence to support their claims either.

    Always right is a matter of opinion, they make mistakes. As said above.

  • jan

    GREAT LOVE DALLAS——————————–

  • Martin

    Love this,best news i heard all day.

    So glad, it is such a good show. Very well written.

    And even though the ratings have fallen it was going to get renewed because of the amount of money they will make from other sources, namely overseas sales and maybe dvd sales.

  • gerry

    this should really not be a surprise to anyone. if the rumors are true about them phasing out the original cast members, we’ll see what happens come time for a s3 renewal.

  • Sid

    “No they’re not. Deadline posted a big report saying Harry’s Law was renewed by NBC the very same day it was cancelled, with no evidence to support their claims either.”

    I don’t remember Deadline saying Harry’s Law was renewed. I know that they reported that NBC was “eyeing” a 13-episode renewal but it was still 50/50.

    The only mistaken renewal that I know of for last Season was when Ausello reported that Secret Circle was renewed when it was in fact cancelled.

  • Silvio


  • Ralph Hahn

    I’ll bet that the “Dallas” haters were not old enough to have watched any of the episodes of the original show on CBS. Sour grapes. The producers got it right from the beginning, hence the quick renewal. The established stars of the series and their young’uns, two of which who have already made a name for themselves.

    This past Wednesday’s show wasn’t a barn-burner but next week looks like a humdinger! Another “War of the Ewings.” :)

  • John A

    Great news. Also glad we get 15 episodes.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @John A: How many eps do we get THIS season?

  • The End


    People were talking about it on here on random topics, and from the link posted it went directly to a deadline report saying the show was renewed, and in the comments section people were posting that it was great news, blah blah typical responses to when something gets renewed.

    I don’t really care enough to search this website for the appropriate topic but fans of the show brought it to my attention either way.

    I would imagine by now the report they made would of been deleted to avoid embarrassment, but needless to say it was there.

    Mentioning as you said they were always right. Which to me isn’t true. Nothing against them just I remember that being a really huge mistake.

  • DonJ1973

    If Hagman’s age and health are a factor, I hope he will at least do 10 of the 15 episodes. But, Duffy and Linda Gray IMO are more than capable of working all 15 episodes. I hope they will consider bringing back another older character at least in a recurring role. Maybe give Steve Kanaly more to do instead of 2 cameos?

  • TV Gord

    Dallas has brought a lot of NEW eyes to TNT, and they promote the heck out of the rest of their schedule, so those spinoff benefits are also part of the reason for the renewal, I’m sure.

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