The New 'Dallas', A First Look

Larry Hagman and Josh Henderson are seen on the first day of shooting in Texas

Photo: Martin Schoeller/TNT

Intrigue. Passion. Great scenery. And it’s only just begun!

Dallas is back, at least as far as the cameras are concerned. The first day of location shooting in Texas recently took place (watch a clip below), in anticipation of a summer 2012 debut of the rebooted series, this time on TNT.

Having originally run from 1978 to 1991 on CBS, the drama about the oil- and cattle-rich Ewing family will continue with new episodes focusing upon J.R. Ewing’s grownup son John Ross Ewing III and Bobby Ewing’s adopted son Christopher Ewing.

Those roles have been filled respectively by two alums of Desperate Housewives, Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe.

The new version will also find original stars Larry Hagman (as J.R. Ewing), Patrick Duffy (J.R.’s brother Bobby) and Linda Gray (J.R.’s wife Sue Ellen) back in the saddle – despite the recent announcement by Hagman, 80, that he is battling cancer.

This return of the old favorite is certainly highly anticipated. In a PEOPLE poll about the new Dallas, 74 percent of the responders replied, “Yes, I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

So, what’s in store? The character of John Ross, according to press materials from TNT, is determined to undermine his grandmother s legacy by drilling for oil on Ewing land. (Grandmother was Miss Ellie, played on the original series by the late Barbara Bel Geddes.)

John Ross and Christopher are also both involved in a love triangle, with the object of their affection played by Jordana Brewster, from Fast & Furious.

And may the best man win.

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