Get free help preparing your taxes from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. Find a location



Bob Dylan Talks!
Caucasian couple looking at a laptop computer together


Aries - Horóscopo de AARP

Look at what your future holds if your birthday is between March 21 & April 19


AARP Superstar Contest

Help pick AARP’s best singers for a chance to win $5,000.

See Official Rules

Win an ARRP Real Pad Tablet - Tribute to an Ancestor Contest

2015 LIFE@50+ MIAMI

Renew for 3 and attend Life at 50+ for free

Most Popular


'Dallas' Returns, Lightning Strikes Twice

It's shameless, soapy and super-fun


News that Dallas would return to the tube with Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprising their original roles sprung like oil suddenly burbling out of a dry Texas plain, and caused nearly as frenzied a reaction. Questions flew: Would all those old stars of the granddaddy of all prime-time soaps simply be bait to lure in viewers? Would they stick around for the real action? Would the Ewing clan seem passé two decades after the long-running original series came to an end?

See also: Go behind the scenes with the original stars of Dallas at the photo shoot for AARP The Magazine.

And most important: How could Dallas, that Reagan-era relic that finished four seasons as the top-rated show on television in the 1980s and never ranked lower than 10th in the Nielsen ratings that decade, possibly recapture the magic?

Well, pardners, I can tell you, simply and unequivocally: They nailed it.

As it happened, my mother, who is 81, and daughter, who is 20, decided to join me to watch the new pilot. Soon all three of us were hooked — in fact, we powered through all seven available hours together during a single weekend. The new show is shameless, soapy and super-fun. In other words, it's Dallas.

We first rediscover J.R. Ewing in an assisted-living home, silent, staring ahead, purportedly deeply depressed. Is it giving too much away to say that looks can be deceiving? This is Dallas, after all, and one of the joys of the new series is watching the relish with which Hagman brings back his iconic, nasty, scheming, Texas-maxim-spouting oil man.

Nothing is ever simple for this family, is it?

J.R.'s grown-up son is John Ross Ewing III, played by Josh Henderson, the charismatic 30-year-old of Desperate Housewives fame. Henderson is capable of shooting rage or fear right through you with his eyes, an essential trait for the spawn of J.R. — and the knife-edge-thin outlaw goatee is a nice touch.

See, here's the deal: John Ross is hellbent to extract the oil he knows still lies beneath Southfork. He has a team secretly drilling, guided by his beautiful and brainy geologist girlfriend, Elena (Jordana Brewster). Why is it secret? Because drilling on the ranch is explicitly forbidden in his grandmother, Miss Ellie's, will. And it's certainly against the wishes of his Uncle Bobby — Patrick Duffy back in great form, bringing depth and dimension to his beloved white knight of the Ewing clan. Bobby's adopted son Christopher (hunky 33-year-old Jesse Metcalfe, another Desperate Housewives alum) is an environmentalist opposed to drilling and aiming to put the Ewing name in the forefront of eco-friendly alternative fuel production.

John Ross and Christopher are at odds in more personal ways, too. They're both in love with Elena — Christopher's former fiancée, which must irk his wife, Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo). Nothing is ever simple for this family, is it? And it just gets worse — deliciously worse, I promise.

Next: Sue Ellen has her own plans, as usual. »

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Live Nation

Members save 25% or more when buying tickets in groups of four from Ticketmaster.

Cirque Du Soleil

Members save 15-30% on tickets to live Cirque du Soleil shows with their AARP membership card.

Pepperoni Pizza, Papa Johns Superbowl promotion for AARP members

Members save 25% off regular menu price orders at Papa John's.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.