Original Dallas to air on CBS

Hot off the heels of the news that infamous TV soap Dallas is to be remade for a pilot for a US network, CBS Drama has today confirmed that it will air the original series from the very beginning from September 2011. The channel, home to equally unforgettable classics such as Dynasty and Melrose Place, will give fans both old and new the chance to relive the iconic show in its full glory ahead of the newly updated version.

Easily the biggest drama series of its time, Dallas became a global phenomenon in its original run between 1978 and 1991. The outrageous storylines and extravagant characters kept millions of viewers hooked each week, eagerly anticipating the outcome to explosive bust-ups and huge cliff-hangers.

CBS Drama will broadcast every episode from all 14 seasons of the timeless telly treat, adding up to 357 hours of the ultimate guilty pleasure. Chris Sharp, Chief Programming Officer for Chello Zone, said “CBS Drama is the TV destination for people who want to see outstanding entertainment, both current and classic. From September viewers will be able to rediscover their love for one of TV’s most treasured and iconic drama series, Dallas. It is the perfect addition to the channel’s line up, with its over-the-top storylines and memorable characters it still inspires programme makers today. We’re sure UK viewers will relish the chance to relive it from the very beginning.”

The show hit the headlines when villain, JR Ewing, was mysteriously shot, leaving the question “who shot JR?” on everyone’s lips. The landmark episode that unveiled his killer was watched by an astounding 400 million people worldwide, breaking records and establishing its place in television history. But it turns out that no one is dead for long in the Dallas world!

Dallas follows the dramatic trials and tribulations of the Ewings, a filthy rich family in Texas made up of greedy oil baron JR, his brother Bobby, father Jock and mother Eleanor. The memorable show features an unprecedented number of legendary stars, including Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principle, Brad Pitt and Barbara Bel Geddes.

Join CBS Drama from September to celebrate the undeniably brilliant series and relive the scheming, scandal and suspense. Viewers can find CBS Drama on Sky channel 149 and Freesat channel 134.