DALLAS Pilot Digs Up Lucy and Ray; Hires Southfork Housekeeper

The TNT DALLAS pilot has finished casting just ahead of its late April/early May start of production. The last series regular slot goes to Marlene Forte (House of Payne, Crossing Jordan), who will play Southfork housekeeper Carmen. While the original Dallas series had a housekeeper who did little more than announce dinner, Carmen should be much more in the mix since her daughter Elena (Jordana Brewster) is close to both John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) Ewing, J. R .and Bobby’s respective sons.

Meanwhile, two more original recipe Dallas cast members have been confirmed for the pilot. It seems there is some sort of Ewing family reunion going on and J. R.’s niece Lucy (Charlene Tilton) and half-brother Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly) will be attending. Tilton and Kanaly join the already cast Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy. Larry Hagman is reprising his role as the diabolical J. R. in the pilot, but he is apparently not part of the reunion at Southfork.

Who’s interested in a trip back to Dallas? Is this a pilot you want to see go to series?