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Brenda Strong Addresses Victoria Principal ‘Dallas’ Rumors

Forget internet rumors that have Victoria Principal making a surprise appearance on the “Dallas” continuation that TNT is offering up tomorrow (6/13).

“I’m not sure where those rumors were generated.  I do know that she’s not part of our first season,” says Brenda Strong, who segued from “Desperate Housewives” to becoming the current Mrs. Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy).  “That doesn’t mean that if we continue on that she won’t be a part in some way.  Our executive producers haven’t denied the possibility of any of the older character coming back”.

As you are likely aware, Larry Hagman and Linda Gray are back, along with Duffy, in addition to brief guest turns by Charlene Tilton and Ken Kercheval.  As far as the new guard, TNT has hit a gusher with the oh-so-watchable Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Hamilton, Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo.

Brenda’s character, Ann, is a perfect fit into theTexasclan.  She and Bobby have been wed seven years as viewers rejoin the action at Southfork Ranch.  “InLos Angeles, that’s a long-term marriage,” she quips.

Brenda says that the new and original cast members bonded so well and spent so much time together while shooting in Dallas, “That long-term friendship of Larry and Linda and Patrick started bleeding over into the rest of us.  We wanted to spend time together, so we did.  I think part of it is that we all got lifted up out of our normal lives and deposited into this magical place half-way across the country.”

Hence, Jesse and Patrick would be out horseback riding together while Brenda and Julie were working on their shotgun skills at the target range.  Cast members went to concerts together, or met to view episodes of the original series.  “Julie had all 14 seasons,” notes Brenda.

As far as whether the zeitgeist is right for Ewings2, she points out, “There are similarities between now and the ’70s.  We’re in an economic crisis, and that’s the climate we had then.  That’s why people love to hate J.R. Ewing — because he’s a man with a lot of money and a lot of immorality.  I think in a lot of ways, it’s a guilty pleasure for those who are struggling to escape to a more rich and decadent environment.  In that respect, we’re right on the money — no pun intended.”

Patrick Duffy Amazed by Response to New ‘Dallas’ — Already

cast of TNT's "Dallas" for 2012

TNT sneaked a teaser of its planned 2012 reboot of “Dallas” last week  — and apparently sparked a colossal commotion among fans of that granddaddy of prime time serials.  “It’s unbeliveable,” Patrick Duffy tells us.  “All around the world, people I’ve had contacts with through the years are already planning how they’re going to have their traditional ‘Dallas’ dinners and parties to watch it.  On the Facebook page, they’re so excited.” reports the actor still remembered as the relatively nice Ewing brother, Bobby. 

 Patrick reports that production is due to begin in October, and he and his wife Carlyn are moving to Dallas for the duration of the first 10-episode season shoot.  As “Dallas” followers are already aware, this time around, much of the action will center on the young generation of the rich and rowdy Texas oil clan (played by Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo) — with dastardly J.R. (Larry Hagman), his ex-wife Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and Bobby all still on the scene.

 “The three of us will be integral to the storyline, but not overpoweringly so.  We will be pulling our end of the wagon,” says Duffy.  Brenda Strong of “Desperate Housewives” is playing Bobby’s wife of 15 years, Ann. “We’re already a long-established married couple,” he notes.  As far as his beloved Pam (Victoria Principal), Duffy reminds, “Pam actually died on the show, so her participation was never an option.  It’s the same with Mama and Daddy not coming back.  That’s not to say that certain old cast members won’t appear.”

Hagman, Duffy and Gray have remained close pals since the original “Dallas” finsihed its run in 1991.  According to Duffy, “Over the years we’ve been approached about redoing ‘Dallas’ in some form, but I never read a script that was not laughable, and that includes the feature scripts involving film stars,” none of which ever saw production.  The new “Dallas” Executive Producers Cynthia Cidre (“The Mambo Kings”) and Mike Robin (“The Closer”) “wrote to all three of us simultaneously.  They knew we would talk amongst ourselves first, and we did; we discussed and tore apart the script.  We all knew we were going to do it.  We all felt Cynthia had finally gotten it right and come up with the perfect way to bring ‘Dallas’ into a new generation.  We are totally committed to this project.”

It’s definitely a walk down memory lane kind of time for Duffy, whose first TV movies and series, “The Man From Atlantis,” have been remastered for a new DVD release Tuesday (7/26) through the Warner Archive Collection on-demand online service (www.warnerarchive.com).  Though the show lasted but one season, it gained an avid cult following and proved popular internationally, including in China.  Duffy played an amnesiac amphibious guy who just might be the last citizen of the lost continent of Atlantis. 
 “The most discomforting thing was the lenses in my eyes; they covered the entire eyeball and were put on with suction cups,” he says.  Also, to get an electric green look “they were colored with what was essentially airplane paint and another clear layer of airplane paint covered that.  That was the worst part.  My eyes just burned at the end of the day.  They threw me out in the bay in September, October, November and it had to look like a day in the park, but it was cold,” he recalls.  “I couldn’t do it now, at 62, but, you know, at 28 you’re bulletproof.”