Dallas Alum Charlene Tilton: TNT Reboot Looks 'Fabulous,' But 'They've Gotta Bring Lucy Back!'
“I read the script for the first episode and it is absolutely wonderful,” Tilton told TVLine at the annual Night of 100 Stars Oscars viewing party. “It’s going to be fabulous.”
In addition to a “next generation” cast headed by Desperate Housewives alum Josh Henderson (playing J.R.s son, John Ross), Chase‘s Jesse Metcalfe (as Bobby and Pam’s son, Christopher) and Jordana Brewster (as a ranch cook’s daughter), original Dallas stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray are set to reprise their roles of J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen, respectively — and “theyre going to be amazing,” Tilton promises. Still, as fans of the original series know, a little Lucy could go a long way.
“They’ve gotta bring me back!” Tilton cheers. And she may know just the reason why. Based on the actress’ recollection, when Lucy was last seen, she had moved to Europe while still in possession of a 25 percent stake in Ewing Oil. So if there’s any major developments with or fights over the family business, Tilton suggests, “They’d have to have her come and vote.” (TVLine reader DallasFan, however, suggests that after Tilton/Lucy bid Dallas adieu, Bobby ultimately wound up with sole ownership of Ewing Oil.)
While Tilton has not gotten a call from the producers of the new Dallas, she at least is feeling Lucy love from fans. “People have sent me Internet petitions to bring her back,” she shares with a wide smile, “and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, thank you!’”
What do you think, old-school Dallas fans? Do you love Lucy?
With reporting by Michael Maloney