At long last, TNT has finally announced that it will indeed air that next-gen Dallas, featuring Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and a cast of younglings playing their offspring. The series, which is expected to shoot here now that the city council's OK'd that $235,000 so Jack Matthews can finish out a studio in the Cedars, will debut in the summer of 2012, but says the just-issued press release: "TNT will give viewers their first look at Dallas on Monday with a special sneak peek during the season premieres of the network's blockbuster hits The Closer, which starts at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), and Rizzoli and Isles, which airs at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)." From the release:
"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 Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "It is incredibly exciting to see both new and familiar characters in the hands of a dream cast under the guidance of the enormously talented Cidre and Mike Robin. We couldn't be more pleased with how Dallas has come together."
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The network has also launched a new site featuring some photos and other downloads, with the promise of first-looks and behind-the-scenes add-ons forthcoming.