'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.

  • DonJ1973

    @ Ralph

    10 this season

  • Max

    The interesting thing is that the show lost older viewers more than they did the younger ones so I could viably understand why they would want to slowly phase out the original cast members and concentrate on the new.

    That being said, you can’t really have a show named DALLAS unless you retain a few of the original in at least a recurring capacity.

    So, I do hope they are able to get Hagman, Gray, and Duffy to at least agree to remain on for a few episodes here and there, even if they aren’t involved in any major stroylines that the regulars are.

  • The End


    That wasn’t it.

    @TV Gord

    It was me refuting Sids claim that they are always right. Shame I can’t link to the report they made that I’m speaking about as it has been deleted.

  • a p garcia

    Great News-Wonder why CBS,NBC,ABC, & FOX passed on a proven ratings getter.

  • The End

    @John A

    Where did the 15 episode thing come from?

  • iggy.

    I watch this show and it’s funny.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @The End: from the second line of the press release:

    TNT has ordered 15 episodes for its second season, which is slated to air in 2013.

  • The End

    @Robert Seidman

    Oh my bad, thanks for showing. Great news for the cast and crew there. 15 episodes is always good. Shame they didn’t renew for 26 like the older series used to get but better than nothing.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Well I think everyone pretty much figured on a s2. I wish them well and the show is extrememly well done mixing the old with the new. There is soooo much more they could do now with an extending series. I “think” Pam died in the first version — what a hoot it would be for Bobby at some point to spot Pam out somewhere, expecially since he is remarried now. And Brenda Strong (DH) fits in so well with this show. Also, they could do a back story with Miss Ellie and Jock saying somehow that JR is not a Ewing. JR could find more of those papers in that storage room. Oh, the possibilites are endless….. can’t wait!

  • shelly

    I’m loving Dallas. I loved the original series, and I still fall into the 18-49 catagory. It is disappointing that they’re airing a new episode on July 4th. Thanks TNT.

  • TimsDale4ever

    ….oh, and it doesn’t hurt that I can’t take my eyes off that John Ross character — a gorgeous piece of maleness.

  • Sid

    @The End

    Well I guess it was deleted. But I don’t remember reading anywhere that Harry’s Law was ever renewed.

  • TV Gord

    @The End, but I’m asking why @Sid brought it up in the first place. It’s not as though Deadline was cited in the news release published here. I just wonder how Deadline got dragged into this (other than simply for bashing).

  • The End

    @TV Gord

    Okay, back ontopic I think this renewal will help Dallas greatly. Should mean the next episode will show improvement in the terms of the numbers as Nielsen viewers may of tried to essentially jump ship thinking the show is doomed now that it isn’t I’m expecting this show to stablise at around 4 million, 1.1-1.5 for the rest of its run.

  • rob60990

    Good news though a bit fast. TnT does usually renew all their 1st season shows for 2nd seasons.

  • John A

    Love how people never read a press realese.

  • Melanie

    Awesome news, although I am not surprised. I love this, go Dallas!! :)

  • FlatHeadSnapSips

    Really glad to hear this as I’ve become a pretty big fan in a very short time. Not for nothing, but I’m well inside the target demo as well, so I guess that’s important. The older folks that turned out after the premiere probably only did so because someone forgot to wheel them back to the TV for week 2. Poor buggers.

  • HT

    @ MAX – INTERNATION SALES is the answer! It’s exploded accross the globe. This is a cash cow for TNT.

  • Martin

    Whatever about Linda Gray, she wouldn’t be missed either way, Larry Hagman is really good but he is getting on the years, but say he will stick around at least for the most part.

    I’d say the most likely to stick around is Patrick Duffy, who I might add looks great for his age. And I think he would be the most missed out of the three, in my opinion, others will probably disagree though.

    Him and Brende Strong work really well together as a couple and she is “Strong” in the show too.

    Anyway, already looking forward to Season 2.

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