I recently watched TNT Dallas again for the first time since it aired. I thought there were some interesting stories but I didn't like what they did with the original characters. They changed them and instead of being the complex, interesting characters they were in the original, they turned them into caricatures of those original characters. JR was one of the most iconic TV characters ever. He might have been the first TV character that had so many traits which were typically that of a villain, yet still had enough good qualities that he was a fan favorite, to the degree that Larry Hagman was the highest paid actor there had ever been on a TV series. He got paid that much because he was worth just that to the producers of the show. Larry Hagman knew how much the audience wanted to see JR and he could command the salary he did because he knew what he was worth. Why did the audience cheer a character who was so much like a villain in some ways? Part of it was his charisma and that you could tell he really enjoyed life. He was always smiling. His enemies all wasted their time talking constantly about JR. He didn't talk about them unless he had a specific plan involving one of them. The rest of the time he didn't talk about them because he was too busy having a good time. JR made some underhanded deals in business and he was a lousy husband but he also had some strong redeeming qualities - he was a good son and an excellent father. In TNT Dallas, they wanted us to believe he had not been a good father. That he was as much a failure at being a father as he was at being a husband. You can't tell an audience "this is how he really was - not the character you saw." It just doesn't work. They simplified the character and made him seem like he was just a bad guy with no redeeming qualities. The first time they ever spoke well about JR on TNT Dallas was at JR's funeral. After he died they suddenly remembered that he did have a good side to him. Did they really have to wait until he was dead? They showed John Ross as a bad son in TNT Dallas. They even said that the time we saw John Ross visit him in the nursing home was the only time he had ever come to visit his father. We know from watching Dallas that John Ross loved his dad and would have visited JR more. John Ross was a good son but they wanted to tell their own story - John Ross is a bad son who will screw over his father every chance he gets. Again, they're trying to tell the audience this is how John Ross really is - not who you saw. TNT even showed John Ross threaten his father. Nobody likes an ungrateful bastard. Nobody. Can you picture JR threatening Jock? Who would've watched? Nobody wants to see a family doing those kinds of things to each other. It's absolutely tasteless. "Tasteless" seems to be the common theme involving anything Cynthia Cidre is involved with. They had Bobby threaten to put both JR and John Ross in prison. Twice. That's something you never do to family. You just don't do it. Period. People who watched Dallas know that Bobby would never do that. They were turning these intelligent, complex characters we loved watching and turning them into caricatures. They just took their worst traits and amplified them. They took away the things that made them human and likable people. What good is a TV show if you don't care about what happens to anyone on it? There have to be at least a few characters the audience likes and cares about. Cliff is another example of just taking a character's worst traits and then amplifying them, trying to make the character as extreme as possible in a negative way. Can you picture Cliff ordering somebody to set off a bomb in the same place where his pregnant daughter was? Not a chance. It's another one of these extreme caricatures - just take the character's bad side, amplify it, and take away any redeeming qualities. The result is a character better suited for a cartoon than Dallas.