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TNT picks up new 'Dallas;' sets sneak peek for July 11

TNT has greenlit its continuation of the iconic primetime soap "Dallas" for a 10-episode summer 2012 season and will broadcast a sneak peek July 11 during "The Closer" and "Rizzoli & Isles."

Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray will reprise their roles from the original series, the network announced Friday. Joining them will be "Desperate Housewives" alumni Jesse Metcalfe and Brenda Strong, "90210" star Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster from "Fast & Furious" and Julie Gonzalo from "Veronica Mars."

"TNT has explored the possibility of an updated version of 'Dallas' for several years, but it wasn't until we read Cynthia Cidre's outstanding pilot script that we knew we had the foundation for a great new series," said TNT's Michael Wright in a press release. "We couldn't be more pleased with how 'Dallas' has come together."

The original "Dallas" aired from 1978 to 1991 and centered on the Ewing family and its a cattle and oil dynasty. Despite living at Southfork Ranch, brothers J.R. (Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Duffy) did not get along, and their rivally led to J.R. losing control of most of the Ewing industries.

That rivalry has not faded among the new generation of Ewings: cousins John Ross Ewing (Henderson), the son of J.R. and ex Sue Ellen (Gray), and Christopher Ewing (Metcalfe), the adopted son of Bobby. Brewster stars as Elena, who is seeing both John Ross and Christopher. Apparently Christopher takes after his uncle more than his dad; he has a fiance, Rebecca, who is played by Gonzalo. Strong stars as Ann, Bobby's new wife.

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TNT has created a website dedicated to the new "Dallas" at http://www.dallastnt.com, where fans can view photos and watch sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes videos.

The new "Dallas" comes from Warner Horizon Television. Cynthia Cidre serves as executive producer and Michael M. Robin is director and executive producer of the pilot.

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