Coming up this evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" mixes old school with new age, as the program rolls out the red carpet for the cast of the newly reprised television series "Dallas." A continuation of the original series of the same name, the Texas-based drama moves to TNT two decades after concluding it's historic run on CBS.
In advance of Wednesday's pilot episode, six cast members join Piers Morgan in studio, as the storyline moves into a new generation, while keeping with all the drama of the past:
"I knew that there was probably a lot of expectation on this series in general, coming back, but, also who was - who was J.R.'s spawn, John Ross?," explains Josh Henderson, who plays John Ross Ewing III, son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing. "You know, who has he turned into? Is he everything like his father or nothing like his father?"
Seated behind Larry Hagman, who plays the legendary J.R. in both the original and the revival, Henderson details plans to develop his own character, while staying true to the motivation of the show:
"He learned how to do business one way and that was the J.R. way," says Henderson, of J.R. III. "And he thinks that, you know, hopefully, he can put his own spin on it."
Hagman, as well as Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, returns for the new version of the iconic classic. Referring to his veteran colleagues as "The Big Three," Jesse Metcalf attributes the potential success of the show to their leadership and guidance:
"Their friendship and enthusiasm, it's contagious," says the actor who plays Christopher Ewing, son of Duffy's Bobby Ewing. "They made us very comfortable in coming in, which I think really helped the story line, you know, feel real and - and very believable. There - there was a lot of - it was just - they really welcomed us - us with open arms."
An admitted fan of the original, the host is struck by the age-defying appearance of the "Dallas" mainstays:
"It looks completely seamless, mainly because you three just haven't aged," says Morgan. "It is ridiculous...I mean I've - I've got to be honest Sue Ellen - I'm going to call you Sue Ellen..."
"Call me Sue Ellen," interjects Gray, taking no issue with a comparison to her legendary on-camera alter-ego.
Tune in this evening at 9 p.m. as Morgan further interviews the "Dallas" cast, taking special time with the series' original stars, and delving into details with the new cast as well.
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