'Dallas' Returns Tonight: See Behind-The-Scenes Photos & Facts

June 13th, 2012 11:00am EDT

Dallas Tonight's the big night: after 21 years off the air, "Dallas" is returning to primetime on TNT. Fans are very excited about the series' return, but not everyone thought it would happen.

Patrick Duffy, who plays Bobby Ewing, recently told the Hollywood Reporter, "I personally never thought that Dallas would resurrect itself again because I didn't think anybody knew how to do it. And it was proven to me on the few attempts that were made."

In tribute to his character, TNT recently launched a steamy ad campaign showing Duffy showering with his co-stars with the tagline: "They're back, and no, you're not dreaming." You better believe it!

Viewers were stunned in 1986 when Bobby Ewing came back from the dead after he passed away following a car crash the previous season. The infamous plot peaked when Bobby was found by his grieving widow Pamela enjoying a morning shower. His death - and the entire season - was explained away as a dream.

Starpulse had the opportunity to tour the set and watch a scene being filmed for the new show. Production designer Richard Berg lovingly called uber "Dallas" fans "Forkies" in reference to the Southfork ranch where outside shots are filmed. And yes, Southfork is a real place. The non-working ranch is currently a tourist attraction, but the cast and crew spent many days filming scenes there.

Southfork ranch:


Fun fact: In 1980 after J.R. Ewing was shot, fans discovered that the ranch from the show was real and flooded to Southfork. The property now has a museum dedicated to the series with props on display.

Fun fact: Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray & Larry Hagman remain such good friends, they made a pact not to continue the series unless they ALL agreed to do so.

Fun fact: Many credit "Dallas" for inventing the television cliffhanger.

A sneak peek of the kitchen from the new series:

Bobby Ewing's office

TNT's steamy shower ad:

Fun Fact: A fan sent Larry Hagman a hat she crocheted made of beer cans. It's now on display at the museum at the Southfork ranch.

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Photo Credits: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved

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