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The original "Dallas" cast, clockwise from top left: Victoria Principal, Patrick Duffy, Jim Davis, Linda Grey, Larry Hagman, Barbara Bel Geddes and Charlene Tilton.

Cane" was a really good prime-time soap opera that not much of anybody watched on CBS during the fall of 2007.

But the creator and executive producer of that short-lived show has taken on the challenge of reviving a really good prime-time soap opera that just about everybody watched on CBS during its 13-year run.

Cynthia Cidre has signed on to develop a sequel to "Dallas," which was the No. 1 show in the world back in the 1980s.

Will J.R. Ewing be back? Maybe.

At this point, we don't have many details. Largely because, apparently, Cidre has yet to deliver her take on the "Dallas" redux to TNT and Warner Bros., which will produce the show.

(Both are part of the Time Warner media giant.)

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the original concept for the return to "Dallas" would revolve around John Ross Ewing III, the son of J.R. (Larry Hagman) and Sue Ellen (Linda Gray); and Christopher Ewing, the adopted son of Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Pamela (Victoria Principal).

That would certainly make sense. And they wouldn't even have to use the daytime soap opera trick of suddenly aging child characters up.

John Ross would be 30 now (yikes>), and Christopher would be about 27.

Reportedly, Hagman, Duffy and Gray have been contacted about possibly participating in the new "Dallas." But there are no commitments from either side as of yet.

Whatever happens with the older generation, there would certainly be plenty of next-generation Ewings around to populate the cast if need be.

Fans of the series may recall that Bobby fathered Lucas by Jenna Wade (Priscilla Presley). When last seen, Jenna was raising the boy — who would be 22 — with her husband/Bobby's half brother, Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly).

Not only did J.R. father a son — James Beaumont (Sasha Mitchell) — by his pre-Sue Ellen girlfriend, but he fathered another by his much-younger second wife, Cally (Cathy Podewell). That boy would be in his late teens.

And don't forget the "Knots Landing" Ewings. In addition to Lucy (Charlene Tilton) — who'd be in her mid-40s now — Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Valene Ewing (Joan Van Ark) had boy-girl twins who would be 25.

If "Dallas" returns to the air, it would certainly be before a theatrical film that's been in development hell for several years makes it into theaters. That project — with John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez attached to it — won't be complete before 2012 at the earliest.

If it ever gets made at all.

A "Dallas" movie has always been a terrible idea. You can't do soap opera in a two-hour film. And, given that the original series ended 18 years ago, it's way too late for a parody.

But a revival of "Dallas" as a weekly series is an intriguing idea. At least for those of us who were fans of the original.

Particularly given that Cidre is involved.

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