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Revived US soap favours renewable energy over oil

Revived US soap favours renewable energy over oil

So, who remembers Dallas? Not the Texan city, but the US soap opera from the ’70s and ’80s that followed the trials and tribulations of the Ewing family.

Older Blue & Green Tomorrow readers are bound to remember that the father of the family – J.R. – was an oil baron, and had become significantly wealthy on the back of this, at a time when the extraction of fossil fuels wasn’t as unfavourable as it is now.

Dallas was decommissioned in 1991 but cable channel TNT announced in 2010 that it would be reviving the show this year, and today is the first episode of the new series.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the renovated version, though, revolves around Christopher Ewing, J.R.’s nephew.

Set to be portrayed on screen by Desperate Housewives actor Jesse Metcalfe, Christopher it seems, has broken away from the Ewing family’s allegiance to oil, and when we join the goings-on in 2012, has instead spent several years overseas in search of alternative energy sources.

Every major oil company has research and development trying to find alternative energies, even in Texas”, said Cynthia Cidre, the show’s developer and showrunner. “It’s completely relevant and central to the storyline.”

Next week: Coronation Street’s Kevin Webster is to re-brand his mechanic business as an electric car charging point. Or not.

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