I've watched the first episode, will catch the repeat of the second one this weekend. I've never seen the original series as it was before my time but I remember my mom watching it. Got to say, I quite enjoyed it and J.R. is just a Magnificent Bastard, isn't he?
Also loved the use of the opening credits sequence/theme as it's very much like I remember the original one being.
I did love how J.R. was "playing possum" so-to-speak in the hospital and clapped when it turned out he was behind the purchase of his family's estate. I may have never really seen the series but have been exposed to the popular culture of it enough to know J.R. is a perfect bastard.