Brenda Strong has insisted that TNT’s new Dallas pilot is not a remake of the original series.
The Desperate Housewives actress, who will play Bobby Ewing’s new wife Ann, told E! Online that the project is a “continuation” of the CBS soap opera.
Strong explained: “Most people are thinking we’re remaking it [but] it’s a continuation, it’s the new generation. It’s nice because it’s going to be invented in a very modern way.”
Strong added that it had felt “surreal” to act alongside original Dallas stars Linda Gray and Larry Hagman in the pilot.
“I’m talking to Sue Ellen (Gray) and J.R. (Hagman) and I’m going, ‘OK, pinch me. This is very strange’,” she admitted.
Strong went on to say that Gray, Hagman and co-star Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) had been “absolutely welcoming” during filming.
“They couldn’t have been kinder, more humble [or] more hospitable,” she claimed. “In those circumstances, you would expect that they would have the right to… have ownership, [but] they were so generous and so inclusive.”
A spokesperson for TNT recently confirmed that network executives will make a final decision on the future of the Dallas pilot after viewing the completed episode.
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