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DALLAS creator, David Jacobs Excluded from New TNT Series Reboot! And says, "Bobby's son should have been the bad one & JR's, the good one!"

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Oh what a mess!  The creator of the original version of the series, Dallas, David Jacobs, who also created our favorite nighttime soap, Knots Landing, spoke out to Forbes.com in an exclusive about how the new TNT version scheduled to debut on June 13th excluded him from any input on the new series. Jacob’s will only receive a “created by” screen credit, with no money and no participation in the project.

Jacobs informed Forbes.com that the new show producers have cut him out completely. “I will not waive my rights. The material isn’t bad.  But I read the scripts and found they were very plot driven. I thought she was going to have trouble down the road. The original Dallas and Knots Landing ran five years too long because the audience was so engaged with the characters. You didn’t need to come  up with constant plot points. The scripts are good. But they should have made Bobby’s kid the bad one, and JR’s kid the good one. Bobby has a new wife, and she’s from Houston.  She should have been from main line Philadelphia or Boston or New York. Or very rich. But I never had the opportunity to express any of this.”

What do you think of Jacob’s exclusion from something he created?  And, what do you think of what he had to say about making Bobby Ewing’s  son the bad seed, and JR Ewing’s son the good seed? Let us know!

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Erik
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To be honest, given Jacobs is alive and well, the creative powers of the new series should have at the very least taken advantage of that and consulted him. Mr. Jacobs’ seemingly objective, and would have contributed to some fine ideas. I like the conflicts – JR/John Ross’ relationship interwoven with Bobby/Christopher’s; and JR and Sue Ellen looking down on Bobby’s new wife Ann for not being a true Texas native. The possibilities Jacobs shared would have been lush – and familiar.

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So_Superflous

I’m gonna hold my critique til June 13th

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

Dallas! Finally returning. It’s been long awaited and feels like a dream come true. People will definitely be tuning in to this on June 13th. Yes, I do think they should have given him some kind of credit since he is the creator of the original show. Without David Jacobs, there would be no Dallas. Give credit where credit is due. As far as Christopher being the bad guy? Nah! People are soooo looking forward to watching JR Ewing’s son follow his Daddy’s footsteps, and no one but Josh Henderson could do it! I think the casting is excellent and… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I have faith in the DALLAS reboot, too, Nancy. I shall wait until June 13 to offer any opinions, but David Jacobs offers some good ideas. Stories these days are driven by plot points anymore, rather than character. Look at REVENGE (which I love, by the way). That ABC serial spends no extra time on character as story spins quickly. I do like character explorations though… which is why I loved the pre-Bobby’s Dream DALLAS and KNOTS LANDING. I miss ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, too. Here’s hoping the Daytime Emmy Awards honor them both with some… Read more »

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Well, if they dont want you, you pick up ur marbles and go play somewhere else!

barbara t
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barbara t

this is good ,and 1loveabcsoaps will tell me I am getting off subject here ,well maybe ,at the start of this post I will ,abc/disney are you reading any of this/abc/disney should give agnus nixon the rights to her stories and characters back,so we can go back to landview for another 43 years .I love dallas I cant wait to watch it again and I am sorry to hear that David Jacobs is being excluded from dallas he created it so he should have the right to say anything he wants about the characters,I think he is right about bobby… Read more »

mike
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mike

The power of the show is the “new” JR. John Ross has to be the chip off the old block. The show will work if the writing is good and if we love to hate Josh Henderson the way we did Larry Hagman.

Mo
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Mo

It does sound like a good idea to have Bobby’s son be bad and JR’s be good. Sounds like more potential for story and conflict. Too bad they didn’t at least want his input.

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Always someone has to be negative! Stop complaining Mr. Jacobs. You obviously already thought you were going to have all the control and you were outnumbered!!!!

Rob
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Rob

I agree and I also think the sons of JR and Bobby have been WOEFULLY miscast.

They are two of the weakest young actors around and I think about all the talent, especially from daytime, that could have bee tapped to play these roles.

I will definitely give it a chance but Jesse metcalf?!?! really? The other one Josh whatever-his-name is was horrible on desperate housewives and completely unlikeable.

Also, what about Bobby and Betsy? Gary and Val’s kids. It would have been interesting to have one or both try to get their share of the pie.

Shelly
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Shelly

New blood and new ideas are not necessarily a bad thing, as long as the new “Big D” stays true to history (unlike some daytime soap story lines). It will be a huge success with the older Dallas fans (we all know the networks don’t care us). The young, hip cast surely should attract the coveted 18-34 demographic only if the writing is superior and edgy. I totally agree with Nancy. I’m so sick of talk, reality, and competition shows I could scream. As far as good/bad younger Ewings, both boys have some serious baggage. Remember, Sue Ellen was drinking… Read more »

Barbara
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Barbara

I think the idea of John Ross being impaired by fetal alcohol syndrome would be a very interesting twist ———– A guilt-ridden Sue Ellen blaming herself for causing her son’s condition, struggles to remain sober. JR struggles with the reality that his son, THE Ewing heir, doesn’t match up to the macho man Texas oilman image of the Ewing men. John Ross unsuccessfully tries to keep up with Christopher in life an d business and harbors resentment towards his cousin for outdoing him.

Shelly
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Shelly

Barbara, I’ve often wondered (I’m so gonna be busted for this), is JR really John Ross’ father? Think back to the paternity episode. When the results were read, the family and guests were preparing to leave for the Oil Barron’s Ball. Harv the attorney just walked in and said JR, no doubt about it; you are the daddy! What if…Jock and Harv conspired to give false information? While Harv was a fine, upstanding no crap attorney, he could have been strongly persuaded by Jock to lie. I’m no biologist but it seems Cliff and Sue Ellen hooked up way more… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

Shelly, Very interesting,could be.I love dallas to and cant wait either.

Barb
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Barb

Bring back PAM!!! She was so perfect for Bobby and Christopher. She could deal w/Sue Ellen and not put up with JR’s crap and could hold her own. And what about Lucy? Will she be there too, I hope? She could, also, hold her own, particularly w/JR. I guess Miss Ellie is already deceased I do not know though, hopefully not. Pam is a very strong character and did great in dealing with the Ewing family.
Just bring back PAM EWING!!! And Cliff as well, as well as his daughter, too.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Looking forward to the Dallas reboot. But, I have to say David Jacobs new how to develop characters and write stories. I consider Dallas & Knots to be exceptional in the soap genre. I hope Dallas succeeds and is enjoyable as the original.

Barbara
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Barbara

Obviously, without seeing an episode yet, none of us can if the show would have been better if Jacobs’ ideas had been implemented. However, his ideas are VERY interesting and certainly would have altered the dynamics from what we know about the characters. Jacobs makes a very accurate comment about the old Dallas and Knots Landing — That both shows were very character driven and viewer interest in the characters kept them on longer. I totally agree with his comment. The quality of the writing for both shows dwindled in the last two years for each. However, I kept watching… Read more »

Melissa Mullins
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Melissa Mullins

Dear David; As a creator, writer and Producer I deplore the fact that an original creator wouldn’t be included in their own creation. Maybe I don’t have all of the details but it seems like the only respectful thing to do. I currently live in the L.A. area but lived in Houston during the “Dallas” years and I can tell you that every Friday night the city was glued to the television or you couldn’t make conversation on Monday morning at every oil company that I worked for! I loved “Dallas” but just when I thought television couldn’t get any… Read more »

lucy
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lucy

I think it would be interesting if creators remembered that Christopher is actually JR and Kristen Sheppards love child and that makes John Ross And Christopher Brothers not cousins so Christopher could well turn out to be the baddy !

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