TNT's Dallas Relaunch is a Go

... Yehaw! TNT is moving forward with its Texas-sized Dallas reboot, a new look at the classic primetime soap that was a ratings monster for CBS in the late-'70s and '80s. As previously reported, the drama will focus on a new generation of rich and saucy Texans and star Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo, Josh Henderson, and Jesse Metcalfe as they battle an alien invasion. Wait, I think I'm getting my TNT series mixed up. TNT will air a sneak preview of the new Dallas on Monday, July 11 during The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles, if you're interested. [TNT, via press release]

... Fox has already delayed the start of Terra Nova; will it also cut the big-budget show's episode order? TV Guide says the series' special effects are so costly that Fox might end up only ordering 13 episodes for Season 1. OR! Maybe they'll just put a guy in a dinosaur suit like I suggested in the first place! [TV Guide]

[A FLURRY OF CASTING NEWS BEGINS... NOW!]

... Game of Thrones has cast Brienne of Tarth, one of the series' best characters. She's a giant she-beast of a woman who is uglier than a horse's patoot, and it seems producers have managed to find a pretty good fit for her in 6'3" actress Gwendoline Christie. The show will have to really ugly her up, though. [George RR Martin's blog]

... Damon Wayans Jr.'s character in Fox's upcoming The New Girl has been recast. BET's Lamorne Morris will take over for Wayans, who will stay put on ABC's renewed-for-a-second-season Happy Endings. The New Girl pilot won't be reshot; instead, the show will just forget Wayans' character ever existed and introduce Morris' character in the second episode. Feel free to vent your racist conspiracy theories in the comments section below. And please, someone say what we're all thinking. I'll give you a cookie. [THR]

... Jason Sudeikis will join HBO's goofy comedy Eastbound & Down in a recurring role as a friend to Kenny Powers (Danny "Overrated" McBride). [Variety]

... Lone Star wonderboy James Wolk has signed on for a multi-episode arc on Showtime's Shameless. He'll play an investment banker who "makes a connection" with Fiona (Emily Rossum). And by "connection," I believe the show means "F$%&ing; on the kitchen floor." [TV Line]

... Off the Map's Rachelle Lefevre is sticking with the doctor thing and will be a regular on CBS' medical drama A Gifted Man. A lot of other sites are selling this piece of news by mentioning she was in Twilight, but I'm not gonna do that. Oh crap, I just did. DAMN YOU, TWILIGHT! [EW]

... Supernatural's Alona Tal (she played my girlfriend, Jo) will appear on FX's superhero cop show Powers, according to the actress. It's unclear what role she'll take. Gross fact: The fourth phrase to come up in Google's predictive search when you look up Alona Tal's name is "Alona Tal feet." You guys disgust me. [Digital Spy]

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... CBS faked fireworks for its broadcast of Boston's Fourth of July extravaganza. That's treason, CBS. Go back to Russia! [Boston Globe]


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I am usually wary of reboots because they rarely are any good. Melrose Place, and Ponderosa are two examples of this. But I will catch this since I loved Dallas especially with Jordana Brewster in it. I hope she is a Ewing.
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I didn't really care for the orginal Dallas so won't be watching the reboot. Don't know why they making all these reboots they are just never good as the orginal. like 90210 for excample.
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I don't think I'll bother with the "Dallas" reboot. Remakes usually don't appeal to me and this one doesn't look any different. I'll stick to the original.
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not even going to check out the new Dallas show... Fox might as well just cancel Terra Nova, let's be honest, for the money they're putting into it, the dinosaurs look like crap in every preview they show. it needs to be a summer series if it's just going to be 13 episodes, leave the fall for shows with full seasons. I was wondering when they'd replace Damon Wayans Jr since Happy Endings got renewed a while ago, it's funny how they're just going to completely write him out, maybe so he can come back if Happy Endings doesn't get a 3rd? lol I like Jason Sudeikis but i'm not a fan of Danny McBride so i won't be watching Eastbound & Down. I don't refer to Rachelle Lafevre as "the girl from Twilight", if anything she's "the girl from Big Wolf On Campus" lol. and good for Alona Tal, i like her, and Powers sounds good too
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Jordana brew. of Fast 5 is now one of the hottest women on tv, along with Maggie Q and Grace Park!
Wow!!!
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Dallas is one of the best shows ever made, if not the best I watched all 14 seasons originally and I have all of them on dvd great, I hope TNT does Dallas right in my opinion not a good track record for TNT they do not know drama THE CLOSER AND SAVING GRACE are the only two shows that I watch on thier network FALLING SKIES IS HORRIBLE
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I love dallas I have seen all 14 seasons of the old Dallas on soapnet, I can't wait it's so awesome that money, power and respect are coming back to tv, I think they should bring back dynasty as well.
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Wow, a Dallas reboot? I want to be a TV executive too! Then I would be paid big money for crappy decisions. Why do they consciously want to destroy TV entertainment for us?
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I found a pics of Gwendoline Christie and I must say I think they found the right person to play Brienne. Don't know if its said already but Natalie Dormer who played Anne Boleyn in the Tutors will play Margaery Tyrell. If you read the books who will know who that is. FOX also found the perfect person to replace Damon Wayans Jr. in the New Girl. With that said. Hey FOX you couldn't re-shoot the first episode for the new black guy? You got time. Nope, your just gonna wait for the second episode while everyone else get their time in the spotlight in the first episode one huh? That sucks.
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I don't see the appeal of Alona Tal. I didn't mind her Veronica Mars or Supernatural but I don't think she's all that great.
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