Following one of the most shocking season finales in TV history, TNT has confirmed the news we all have been waiting for. The cable network has renewed the series for a third season. And despite a significant ratings dip in January from its inaugural run in summer 2012, the network plans to stick with a winter premiere. A 15-episode season is slated to kick off in early 2014.“Dallas has built a passionately loyal following with its expertly woven storylines, clever twists and turns, and numerous outstanding performances by a cast that spans generations,” said TNT, TBS and TCM president and head of programming Michael Wright. “Although we said goodbye to Larry Hagman and his iconic character J.R. Ewing this year, Dallas has many more stories left to tell, and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.’s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted.”
Hagman, one of the returning actors from the 1978 series, died in November at 81.
Southland, from Warner Bros. Television, is awaiting news on a possible renewal after recently finishing its early 2013 run on TNT. Dallas‘ time slot neighbor Monday Mornings, David E. Kelley‘s medical drama, has also yet to be renewed — though it’s considered a long shot after ratings further fizzled from its 1.34 million premiere.