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OTRC: 'Dallas' renewed for season 3 by TNT (Poll)

The cast of 'Dallas' appear in a 2012 promotional photo for the show's second season. (TNT)

Popular TNT series "Dallas" is set to return for a third season.

The drama show, which follows the wealthy Ewing clan and their numerous backstabs and betrayals, has been tapped for a third season by the television network. There will be 15 new episodes that are slated to launch sometime in early 2014.

"Welcome back is right. For #season3 ! :) #Dallas #itsofficial," Josh Henderson, who plays John Ross Ewing, posted on his official Twitter page on April 30.

YES!!!!!!!! Season 3 of #DallasTNT is coming! Who's excited?" cast member Jordana Brewster, who plays Elena Ramos, Tweeted on April 30.

The show, which launched on TNT last summer and ranked as basic cable's No. 1 new drama, stars Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Brewster and Julie Gonzalo. In its second season, which concluded on April 15, "Dallas" averaged 3.8 million viewers.

"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 Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. "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."

The show's upcoming season will mark the first run without original star Larry Hagman. The actor died of complications from throat cancer at age 81 in November 2012.

The actor played oil tycoon J.R. Ewing in the original "Dallas" series, which aired for 14 seasons, between 1978 and 1991, and reprised his role in the current reboot.

(Pictured above: (L-R) Brenda Strong, Patrick Duffy, Julie Gonzalo, Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman and Jordana Brewster appear in a publicity photo for season 2 of "Dallas.")

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