'Dallas': Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray reunite! -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

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Dallas is unequivocally one of the most iconic TV shows of all time. But star Linda Gray uses an allegory from one of film’s biggest franchises to explain how it feels to reunite with co-stars Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy: “We’re like the kids on Harry Potter,” Gray says gleefully, in reference to legendary trio Harry, Hermoine, and Ron. “We’re going back to Hogwarts!”

And truly, it’s not only this photo shoot that’s bringing Bobby, Sue Ellen, and J.R. back together: TNT is currently filming a reboot of the series, which stars the three actors in their original roles (as well as a slew of pretty, young things as the family’s next generation, including Jesse Metcalfe and Jordana Brewster). In celebration, Gray, Hagman, and Duffy slipped back into their boots and talked about the past and future of Southfork Ranch.

Here’s what the trio had to say about reuniting:

The man behind the conniving oil tycoon has a theory about why his love-to-hate-him character J.R. is eternally relevant, even 20 years after the show’s original incarnation went off the air. “Everybody in the world’s got an a–hole like J.R. in the family,” quips the 80-year-old Hagman. “So everyone can relate to him, you know?” For the actor, who did an a short arc on Desperate Housewives as Felicity Huffman’s stepfather earlier this year, returning to play the villain after so long was mostly about wanting to work with his old Dallas pals, even if — in a moment of channeling J.R., perhaps? — he does lodge a complaint about his paycheck. “The money’s not as good as it used to be, of course,” Hagman says, “but how many times do you get a chance to work in a long-term thing? I like working, and I like working with my buddies.”

He busied himself with Step By Step, various guest spots (Family Guy!), a recurring role on The Bold and the Beautiful, and even his own web series (Patrick Duffy & The Crab) after Dallas ended in 1991. But Duffy couldn’t be happier to head south again — and this time, he’s in charge. “This show picks up exactly where we would have been if we were in our 32nd year,” the 62-year-old Duffy explains. “So Bobby is now the patriarch of the Ewing family at Southfork because he was always the stable man. I’m sitting at the head of the table now, instead of Daddy, and all the young people are gathered around me.”

LINDA GRAY (Sue Ellen Ewing)
The 71-year-old actress most recently worked on a movie — 2009’s Expecting Mary with Della Reese, Cloris Leachman, and Lainie Kazan — that’s waiting for distribution. But she fondly remembers her time playing the former Miss Texas and sweetheart of the Ewing family, Sue Ellen. “I thought she was the most interesting female on television in the ’80s,” Gray says, “because you never knew what was going to happen to her, where she was going to go.” And Gray assures us that’s exactly the same kind of Sue Ellen you’ll get this time, even if she is 20 years older. “You can’t have her be bland this time, you can’t have her be a victim,” Gray says. “I went for long walks and I took Sue Ellen with me. I said, ‘Come on, girl. You’re going with me, girlfriend.’ We gotta figure out where you are 20 years later.” Gray won’t elaborate much, but she reveal that Sue Ellen 2.0 will be quite the match for ex-husband J.R.: “She’s powerful, she’s rich, she’s well connected, and she knows all the games that J.R. has ever played. She learned from the best, let’s put it that way.”

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  • Gabe Bishop

    It is unfortunate that they did not make better casting choices with the next generation of Ewings and include rising young stars such as Chad Michael Murray, Mischa Barton, Taylor Momsen and Jessica Szohr.

    • jim

      Al Davis just died. The RAIDER nation is back!!!!!!!!!

    • lisa g.

      Love it but i too am not happy about the casting for the new generation…namely Jesse metalf! His acting sux! Gosh hate to get excited then It’s a let down! Btw the og crew looks great!

      • Tony

        Who cares if he can act? He’s smoking hot. I hope he spends each episode shirtless.

      • lisa g.

        Lol…yes i find him downright pretty but Dallas is an institution not to be f’ up!

    • Ralph Wiggum

      My cat’s breath smells like cat food.

    • Dinjab

      Are you kidding me? Mischa Barton on Dallas? Did you ever watch the original show? You would stink up a great show like Dallas by putting that vapid twig on it? You are a bad, evil person.

      • lisa g.


    • stu

      Dynasty was better!

  • deedeedragons

    71? Hell no! Linda Grey? More like Dorian Grey.

    • Rinstadt

      I know right??!!?

  • Annie

    No way is Linda Grey 71!!!!! I thought she was in her very early 60’s, she looks absolutely amazing!!!

    • Shemale

      I was thinking the same thing. She looks stunning.

    • Deborah

      Wow they all look great! Thought Cliff was coming back too. I loved that show then… didn’t have a dvr and couldn’t figure out the vcr very well so my Friday nights were glued to DALLAS! Cannot wait!

  • Sean

    Linda Gray looks hotter than ever. Holy hell, what a babe. She’s really 26 years older than me?

  • amy

    Don’t wanna sound mean but, Linda Gray looks scary!!! Like she’s wearing an old Halloween mask of herself! Did she marry a plastic surgeon? I know the actress who played Pam on Dallas was married to a plastic surgeon at one time. Maybe they got a 2 for 1 special deal! lol

    • GT

      Linda Gray looks fantastic,wow 62 years of age? Keep it up Linda, don’t pay no attention to the nasty comments you look great good for you.

  • John

    Linda Gray looks fantastic! I can not wait to see Sue Ellen back on TV!

    • Acaseofgeo

      Sue Ellen was always my favorite of the characters so I’m happy she’s back and powerful. I loved Linda Gray as a teen. I’m not sure if “cougars” existed back then, but she was MY COUGAR.

  • s

    awesome. i hope the new episodes are as good as the old show. jr is the coolest tv character ever. i wonder how they will deal with how the old show ended.

  • julie

    I thought JR was dead

  • Templar

    Why isn’t Victoria Principal coming back? Also, the guys they have playing J.R.’s and Bobby’s sons look a bit too Brokeback Mountain. I’ll give it an ep or two, but I’m thinking “Stinker”.

    • T

      Pam (Victoria Principal) died in fiery car crash near Southfork Ranch…till it was later learned she survived but with severe scars, so she abandon Bobby and Christopher. She was my favorite character and I always hoped she would return to Dallas! It would be great to see Bobby and Pammie’s together again! Cliff is returning right?

  • lostfan23

    Linda Gray is just as stunning as ever! These 3 are the real deal. There was nothing better on television from 1979 to 1985 than “Dallas” at its peak, and those episodes still stand the test of time.

  • Dean

    Linda Gray – WOW. If D2.0 is able to balance the business, drama and humor as the original, it will be fun to watch.

  • Joe

    Patrick Duffy is still SMOKIN’ HOT. One of my first celeb crushes in the 80’s.

  • Dinjab

    You guys do realize that the final products of these EW photoshoots have been heavily airbrushed. Larry Hagman looks great there, but, in reality, he looks pretty old, pretty much like the 80-year-old he actually is.

  • Lisette

    I can not wait for the show to start :)

  • Joe Siegler

    I wish people would stop calling this a reboot. It is NOT a reboot. It’s a continuation of the old show.

    Reboot means to totally wipe everything out and start over from scratch. That is NOT what is happening here.

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