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.”