‘Dallas’ Cast Shares Their Favorite TV Shows

by | June 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM | Dallas, Guest Editor

Julie Gonzalo, Patrick Duffy, Larry Hagman, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster, and Jesse Metcalfe in Dallas (Mark Seliger/TNT)

Big oil will once again be a big business worth watching when an all-new version of “Dallas” premieres on Wednesday, June 13 at 9/8c on TNT. Three of the original series’ cast — Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray — will be back to reprise their iconic roles as J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing.

They will be joined by the next generation of Ewings, who follow in their parents’ footsteps and take ambition and deception to a new level. They include John Ross Ewing (Josh Henderson), Christopher Ewing, (Jesse Metcalfe), Bobby’s new wife Ann Ewing (Brenda Strong), Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster) and Rebecca Sutter (Julie Gonzolo).

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The new “Dallas” will be faster-paced and take viewers on a fun ride, so we get why we will tune in to watch the 2012 version, but what do the cast of “Dallas” tune in to? We spoke to them to get their favorite TV series — past and present. Here is what they had to say:

JOSH HENDERSON: Growing up, I loved “Saved by the Bell.” That was my generation. I looked up to Zack Morris as if he was the coolest guy in the world. I also loved “The Wonder Years.” It was a big show for me back in the day. “Full House” I really enjoyed, as well as “Family Matters” and “Growing Pains.” I know these are all the ’90s shows. I think [it is the same thing as ] what “Dallas” does for the original fans … it is very nostalgic. It takes them back. These shows do that for me. It reminds me of family. That was appointment television. Sitting around the TV every week and really being invested. It was my introduction to television and to characters and that is why I love those shows.

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LARRY HAGMAN:China Beach” would be one because it was good. It was about Vietnam, which I thought was terrible. “I Love Lucy,” of course, because I started in comedy.The daily news I think is one of the funniest comedies going. Watch Full Episodes of “I Love Lucy” on XfinityTV.com.

LINDA GRAY: I love character-drive pieces. Still the thing that makes me laugh is “I Love Lucy.” If I am in a sort of dip-down mood, I go, “I need a little ‘Lucy’ hit.” Then I love “Boardwalk Empire.” I love the characters, I love the scripts, I love the way it is written and produced and the enormity of it. I love HBO. I think they do a good job with all their shows. Then I love “Modern Family.” I have the most diverse taste. I love good writing. Watch Full Episodes of “Modern Family” on XfinityTV.com.

JORDANA BREWSTER: I love “Nurse Jackie.” Ostensibly, it is a hospital procedural show but her character is the most flawed person ever and yet she is so loveable … and such a good nurse. Same thing with “Shameless.” They are the most messed up family and yet you love each one of them. And they have such a moral code. And now “Girls.” I love it. I admire [creator, executive producer, and star] Lena Dunham so much. She is just breaking ground for women. HBO Subscribers, Watch Full Episodes of “Girls” on XfinityTV.com.

BRENDA STRONG:I Dream of Jeannie” — I think it is great that Larry was actually on that show. It was fantasy TV. I loved it growing up. I actually dressed as Jeannie two Halloweens in a row. It was very entertaining. I am a huge fan of “Homeland.” I think it is some of the most complex, compelling, interesting, dynamic character exploration. It is beautifully shot. I love that it is on TV and I think it is raising a lot of important questions. I was a huge fan of “The West Wing.” I think Aaron Sorkin is one of our most brilliant writers and I can’t wait for his new series ["The Newsroom"]. I have a feeling it is going to replace one of the shows on this list. Showtime Subscribers, Watch Full Episodes of “Homeland” on XfinityTV.com.

JULIE GONZALO: I am a terrible TV watcher. I did not grow up watching a lot of American TV. I have to go in the vein of ”I Love Lucy.” It is iconic. I love comedies. I will sit down and watch a comedy any day over a drama — in TV at least. Lucille Ball was an icon for me. I always wanted to be that slapstick comedienne. Even though I am in a drama right now, I have always looked up to her. I grew up with “Friends.” I was a teenager in the ’90s, so I could really relate to that. “New Girl” has been great. Zooey Deschanel is the cutest thing. I have a girl crush for sure. Watch Full Episodes of “Friends” on XfinityTV.com.

JESSE METCALFE: My favorite TV show right now is “Game of Thrones” I think the acting is incredible. It is a show that gets your blood pumping. It is incredibly edgy. My second favorite show right now is “The Killing.” It really breathes life into the cop procedural genre and shows you how it really should be done. We have so many incarnations of detective stories but this one is so gritty and real, I think it is amazing. My third favorite is “Breaking Bad.” Again, the acting is incredible and so is the writing. I think most network television shows need to be taking their cues from these shows because they are on the cutting edge. They are producing better entertainment than film is right now. HBO Subscribers, Watch Full Episodes of “Game of Thrones” on XfinityTV.com.

PATRICK DUFFY: I will go chronologically. When I first started watching television, I watched “The Roy Rogers Show.” The reason it is still is in my head is it was the first time I realized that film was an actual business, a job, because it made a cowboy Western in the present day. They had jeeps and cars, and yet, he was still chasing bad guys on horses. I was in Montana and this kid from a ranch life and it brought the whole world together that you could be a cowboy in the modern era. It was very important to me. Fast forwarding to the beginning of my career, I always thought “The Rockford Files” was one of the best television shows. Obviously it was the writing on the page, but James Garner was probably and I think still, underrated. He was magical playing that kind of part. He was Cary Grant on television. It was amazing. I still see old episodes now and think what an amazing performance and writing coming together. I am not a student of modern television and I don’t have a lot of time to watch it. Listening to Jesse, I did watch an episode of Breaking Bad” and I was stunned that that was television. I think all of that genre of television now is important. I would hate to even have an opinion as to what is good and bad.

“Dallas” Premieres on Wednesday, June 13 at 9/8c on TNT.