Jesse Metcalfe Shares Inside Stories from the New Dallas on TNTMay 20, 2012 No Comments
Jesse Metcalfe Shares Inside Stories from the New Dallas on TNT
By Allison Kugel, Senior Editor – May 10, 2012
PR.com (Allison Kugel): Being that I’m a huge fan of the original Dallas series, I thought it was pretty cool that rather than do a “remake,” you’re really just doing a continuation of the original story. How do you feel about the way your writers approached the new Dallas series?
Jesse Metcalfe: My thought is, that is the only way it could have worked. I think the reason it hadn’t been revived sooner is because they couldn’t find the right formula to do so. Our head writer and creator, Cynthia Cidre, she understood the original tone of the series and really maintained that tone with this continuation. And [she] stayed on the original themes of loyalty, betrayal, ambition and greed, which are very classic themes. That’s in large part why this new series works. We also have a great mixture of the original series [and cast], and some new lifeblood has been pumped into the series.
PR.com: Some 21st century-based storylines are seamlessly mixed in.
Jesse Metcalfe: The new Dallas is very current and contemporary. They did that in part with a new young cast which I am very happy to say I’m a part of, and they also did it with plot points that are relevant. Specifically, the plot point that centers around my character…
PR.com: Focused on new clean forms of energy as an alternative to oil…
Jesse Metcalfe: Exactly, with developing alternative energies and moving the family business away from drilling. It’s very of-the-time, and politically and socially relevant. That’s probably the main concern that some of our critics have, and are going to have. Is it a good idea to remake such an iconic show? How is Dallas, that was so quintessentially 80s, going to be relevant now? And how are they going to find a new audience?
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