June 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM ET
They're baaaaack. Unlike certain remakes of old shows we loved, the folks behind the "Dallas" revival got it right. They don't just pay lip service to the juicy family rivalries between Bobby and J.R., they bring Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman, who's 80, back to play their original roles. The two men have major parts in the new series, too, it's not just a vehicle for their sons, John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe). Other familiar faces you'll see include Linda Gray returning as Sue Ellen, Charlene Tilton briefly as Lucy, Ken Kercheval as Cliff, and Steve Kanaly as Ray. If you liked "Desperate Housewives," you'll see plenty of familiar faces on Southfork. Henderson and Metcalfe are alums, and Brenda Strong, who played Mary Alice on "Housewives," plays Bobby's new wife. Will Victoria Principal cameo as Pam, his ex? We'll have to wait and see. But no one better go near that shower. (June 13, 9 p.m., TNT.)
THURSDAY: 'We Were Here'
Thirty years after AIDS first emerged, known then as the "gay cancer," five San Franciscans remember how their lives changed as their city became the epicenter of an epidemic. Poignant and educational, the film earned high praise when it hit arthouse theaters in 2011, and now it'll run on free TV as part of PBS' great "Independent Lens" series. The New York Times called the documentary "one of the top 10 films of the year." (June 14, 10 p.m., PBS.)
FRIDAY: 'Rock of Ages'
If the 1980s were your musical high point, you'll feel right at home watching "Rock of Ages," the film based on the hot Broadway musical of the same name, and highlighting mostly glam-rock hits of the jelly shoes decade. Julianne Hough plays a Kansas-to-L.A. girl named Sherrie Christian, and if you don't think her name is going to spark renditions of both "Oh Sherrie" and "Sister Christian," give yourself a 1980s demerit. The rest of the cast includes Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones and, most notably, Tom Cruise as fictional '80s megastar Stacee Jaxx. (Opens June 15.)