ABC digs up ‘Dallas’
HOLLYWOOD, California (Variety) — Who shot J.R.? This time, it’ll be ABC.
The Walt Disney Co.-owned network is bringing back “Dallas” as a two-hour movie — but don’t look for a traditional reunion movie.
ABC is in the early stages of developing a show that will focus on the behind-the-scenes soap opera behind the CBS drama, which still stands as one of prime time’s most successful series.
One industry insider said the film will feel more like an edition of “The E! True Hollywood Story” than a remake or sequel.
Both CBS and NBC have mounted semi-satirical TV movie takes on classic TV shows in recent months. This past weekend, CBS aired a humorous look at the production of the 1960s comic book series “Batman,” and the network scored big ratings last season with a similar spoof of “Gilligan’s Island.”
Once Upon a Time also produced NBC’s upcoming mockumentary about “Three’s Company,” a personal fave of network entertainment president Jeff Zucker that has just been moved to the May sweeps.