'Dallas': Season 3 gets a February premiere date on TNT

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A bit later than anticipated, "Dallas" still will restart all the usual drama at Southfork reasonably early in the new year.

Season 3 of the TNT reboot will begin Monday, Feb. 24 -- marking the first time in the history of the franchise, including the original 1978-91 CBS run -- that a year of the serial will begin without J.R. Ewing present as a major character. He died last season ... as did his portrayer, Larry Hagman, a year ago while those episodes were in production.

That doesn't mean there still isn't enough scheming to go around, though. The sons of J.R. and Bobby ( Patrick Duffy), John Ross ( Josh Henderson) and Christopher ( Jesse Metcalfe), remain at odds with each other -- reinforced by their romances with the woman who's now an ex of both of them, Elena ( Jordana Brewster).

John Ross is out to live up to his late dad's legacy as the third season starts, which only can mean trouble for others. He won't be the only one causing it, though: Last season's newcomers Emma ( Emma Bell) and Drew ( Kuno Becker) also proved adept at stirring things up, and one can bank on the notion they'll continue on that path.

Fresh complications are sure to be posed by a couple of cast additions: Juan Pablo Di Pace ("Camp") will play a charismatic, less-than-pure billionaire, while AnnaLynne McCord ("90210") will come to "Dallas" as a single mother who finds work at Southfork and eventually gets involved with Christopher.

Other returning "Dallas" cast members include Linda Gray (as Sue Ellen, of course), Brenda Strong, Julie Gonzalo and Mitch Pileggi. Ken Kercheval, another "Dallas" longtimer as Cliff Barnes, and Judith Light also will be back as recurring players.
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