Remember when summertime used to mean endless repeats and no new TV shows? Times, they are a-changin’, with more and more networks opting to debut new material during the summer months. One of the most buzz-worthy new summer offerings is TNT’s reboot of “Dallas,” a modernized version of the hugely popular and iconic ’80s nighttime soap.
Fans of the original, which ran from 1978 to 1991, should be delighted to know that Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy are still front and center as the show’s leading men, but they are joined by a slew of fresh young faces.
Here’s a look at the new blood in “Dallas,” which kicks off Wednesday night (June 13):
Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing
Why you recognize him: Henderson has been sowing his oats in nighttime soaps for quite some time. Most recently, he appeared on “90210″ and as Edie Britt’s nephew on “Desperate Housewives.” Eagle-eyed viewers and/or WB buffs might also remember seeing him compete on “Popstars,” winning a spot in the group Scene 23.
Why you’ll love him on “Dallas”: Because he plays the spoiled, wealthy, manipulative bad boy, a perfect heir to the original J.R.’s love-to-hate-him shtick. Everyone loves a bad boy, right? Not to mention the fact that Henderson is very easy on the eyes and is actually a Dallas native.
Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing
Why you recognize him: Metcalfe got his start on a straight-up soap opera, “Passions,” but he is best known from his breakout role on “Desperate Housewives” as Gabrielle’s (Eva Longoria) jailbait love interest, along with roles in a few feature films, including “John Tucker Must Die.”
Why you’ll love him on “Dallas”: As the adopted son of Bobby and his first wife Pam, Christopher has a big ol’ chip on his shoulder and a lot to prove. He’s also into alternative energy, which provides a nice antidote to the family’s obsession with the oil industry. He’s currently devoted to his fiancée Rebecca but clearly has unrequited love for childhood sweetheart/first fiancée Elena. And let’s not forget that Metcalfe is also easy on the eyes, if that’s not already obvious.
Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos
Why you recognize her: Brewster has been all over TV and film ever since her breakthrough role in 1998′s trippy teen thriller “The Faculty.” She is probably best known for her portrayal of Mia Toretto in the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
Why you’ll love her on “Dallas”: Because she’s not just a pretty face. Elena grew up with the Ewing boys, so she knows everything about them and can play those cards to her advantage. And although she’s currently involved with John Ross, we can get excited for the love-triangle element to keep things interesting.
Julie Gonzalo as Rebecca Sutter
Why you recognize her: From a string of guest-starring roles on TV, most notably her arc in “Veronica Mars” as Mac’s roommate Parker Lee.
Why you’ll love her on “Dallas”: Because she is smart and sensible. She’s also a self-made woman and not one of those gold diggers after the Ewing fortune. Or is she? From what we know about the show thus far, Rebecca’s future is the least clear, but if she’s as sweet as she seems, she might get lost in the shark tank that is the struggle for power among the Ewing clan.
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