Scoop: Dallas Casts Walking Dead Alum as New Series Regular — Is She Related to [Spoiler]?

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Emma BellFallen Walking Dead alum Emma Bell is being resurrected on Dallas.

Bell has nabbed one of two new series regular roles on Season 2 of the TNT drama, TVLine has learned.

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The actress will play Emma, a classic beauty who has enjoyed a privileged upbringing full of travel since she was a toddler. She was raised by her grandmother to be poised, graceful, and slightly aloof, while her father has ingrained in her a distrust of the larger world. If those clues ring any bells it might be because Emma is rumored to be the estranged daughter of Brenda Strong’s character, Ann Ewing.

Bell — whose other credits include guest spots on CSI: Miami, Supernatural and Dollhouse — will first appear in the Season 2 premiere, slated to air in 2013.

Dallas fans, can you see a family resemblance between Bell and Strong? And does daddy sound like Mitch Pileggi’s dastardly Harris Ryland?

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Comments (16)

  • I actually think Christopher is Ann’s son

    Comment by Martina – September 12, 2012 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know Dallas is a soap, and therefore anything’s possible, but that really doesn’t make a lot of sense considering that they seem to be respecting original Dallas pretty well, and we know Christopher’s back story from before his birth. How do you figure him being Ann’s son would work?

      Now, on the other hand, there’s plenty of room to make Christopher JR’s son, which would raise some really interesting and fun issues all over the place.

      Comment by Laney – September 12, 2012 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ever since the original series I’ve been convinced that Christopher is JR’s son. I’m just surprised that no one has figured it out yet.
        Wouldn’t that throw a wrench in the already twisted John Ross/Christopher relationship?

        Comment by Kvivik – September 12, 2012 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It was established that Christopher is NOT JRs son. Kristin WAS pregnant with his child when she shot him, however after she was run out of town, she lost that baby and got preggo again–with Christopher. Besides don’t you think Bobby and Pam would have had that checked out before they adopted him.

          Comment by ejknight – September 12, 2012 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I remember that they checked it out to the point they were satisfied he wasn’t JR’s. But you have to remember that the character was born in 1981, before DNA testing as we know it today. Add to that the soap standard of never being able to trust a paternity test, and I think they have plenty of wiggle room — both for Christopher’s paternity and John Ross’.

            Comment by Laney – September 12, 2012 05:47 PM PDT  
    • Christopher, Ann’s son?!?! Have you not seen any of the original series?! Christopher’s biological mother is Kristin Shepherd (Mary Crosby), Sue Ellen’s sister & better know for shooting JR!! …

      Comment by Cooper – September 12, 2012 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • some people just jump in the middle and think they know, where were you 30 years ago

        Comment by irene foreman – March 4, 2014 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The creator has already said that Ann’s daughter is named Emma so it’s pretty clear this is Ann’s daughter. They had actually shot the reveal in the finale but chose to cut it because she said the reveal didn’t feel earned.

      Comment by dude – September 12, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • With the title of this article and the pic, my first thought was that this character would be related to April!
    Ray should have a kid or two, though.

    Comment by gemapet – September 12, 2012 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If Emma is Ann’s estranged daughter there’s a good possibility she could be Cliff’s daughter as well. Brenda Strong was on the original show as Cliff’s one night stand after all. Would give Rebecca an interesting foe to deal with when she’s not making Christopher’s life a living hell.

    Comment by Scott – September 12, 2012 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Your theory makese sense, especially since Mitch pileggi has been upgraded In terms of his status and role. I can’t wait for this to start up again!!!

    Comment by Jrs – September 12, 2012 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Christopher is Jeff Faraday’s son. Faraday sold Christopher to Bobby under the false pretense that JR was his father. Kristin, Christopher’s mommy, not only told JR that she had given birth to his son, she blackmailed other Dallas businessmen into believing she had their child. The show proved that Chris was, in fact, Faraday’s. Going back on that and saying that he is JRs would truly alienate the ‘Forkies’ who propelled the new show to its decent ratings

    Comment by stephen w phillips – September 12, 2012 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m completely hooked on the new series. Since I was pretty young when the original series was on I didn’t remember much of it so I am watching the old seasons to get caught up. I can’t wait until the series premiere.

    Comment by Laurin – September 14, 2012 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want to see Pam and Bobby have some closure,and tell what happenned to her all those years ago!!!!!!!!! Victoria Princapal,where are you!!! Please do this for the fans!!!! It would finally give all of us old Dallas Fans some closure and we would see Vikki and Patrick to together again,if only for two episodes!!!

    Comment by Tony Barneman – October 2, 2012 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I miss Bobby and Pam. How I wish Victoria Principal had returned as Pam. Ann just doesn’t suit Bobby. Pam was so warm and vital and Ann seems cold and distant. I simply do not like the character at all.

      Comment by Marie Council – October 8, 2012 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pam died on the original Dallas.

    Comment by DeeDee – January 28, 2013 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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