We're probably a long ways off from finding out if TNT and Warner Bros. TV plan on shooting their small-screen Dallas remake in Dallas. Which hasn't stopped me from leaving messages all morning for Janis Burklund, head of the Dallas Film Commission, to see if she knows what's what on the heels of this piece in The Hollywood Reporter posted late last night. TNT says it's hired Cynthia Cidre to take a stab at the script for the show, which may or may not be about the next generation of Ewings. Says the trade:
The initial idea was to have the series revolve around J.R. and Sue Ellen's son John Ross and Bobby and Pam's adopted son Christopher, but the studio and the network are waiting for Cidre's take on the Ewing clan and want to read her script before making a decision. Patrick Duffy, who played Bobby in the original series, Larry Hagman (J.R.) and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) were approached two months ago about potentially reprising their roles. There are no talks between the actors and Warner Horizon, and a rep for the studio said the three "may or may not be part of" the new series.
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Here's Cidre's filmography, which includes, most recently, the short-lived prime-time soap Cane starring Jimmy Smits and Nestor Carbonell ... or, as I like to call him whenever I see him on the teevee, Batmanuel.