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After The Fire! TNT's DALLAS Returns With All-New Episodes Beginning August 18th!

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The wait is almost over as Dallas fans will finally get some answers and be left with even more questions as to who and why started the fire inside Southfork that has left Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) passed out drunk and unconscious on the floor, and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) hit by ceiling beams trying to save the ones they love as the fire rages on!

The second half of TNT’s Dallas third season will begin on Monday night, August 18th ay 9PMET/8CT with an episode entitled: ” Denial, Anger, Acceptance” as the Ewing family tries to discover who set the fire at the Southfork Ranch!

Seven new episodes will be coming to TNT to finish up the third season with Melinda Clarke (The O.C.) joining the cast as Tracy Lawton beginning with the September 3rd episode.

Now after the jump, watch the first new promo for the second half of the season! Then let us know if you are excited for the return of Dallas?  Who do you think started the fire?  Will everyone survive?

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GH50
GH50

TNT’s Dallas has been so consistently good. A real treat for fans of the original. Josh Henderson is an actor worthy of Larry Hagman’s lineage.

Tonya Marinaro
Tonya Marinaro

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT YOU ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT JOSH BEING WORTHY OF LARRY!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I’ve lost interest in Dallas…

brian
brian

Melinda Clarke is the best news ever ! Love her acting so very much.

su0000
su0000

I missed the last season and Netflix still has not added it.. 🙁

shrona
shrona

keep an eye on the TNT schedule- it’s likely they will rerun the first half of the season to get viewers excited for the new episodes. if you have digital cable they might be found On Demand. TNT currently has the first 4 episodes on their website (tntdrama.com) Happy watching!

Wayne
Wayne

Season 3 reruns:

Aug 14th – 1am-4am

Aug 25th – 1m-4am

carol
carol

I really enjoy this show. Hope it continues for more seasons.

JLH
JLH

I was taken by surprise re: how much I enjoyed this series. It’s such a long wait between season/new episodes. Can’t wait for more Josh, that’s for sure.

soapgal
soapgal

Great promo , I can’t wait , am so excited

Mary SF
Mary SF

Thanks for the reminder— often with these split seasons I forgotten what happened and what to look forward to—too bad it can’t start sooner —- summer television is pretty dull and I wouldn’t mind watching the last seven shows of season three now, instead of waiting for the middle of August.

wolfsmistress
wolfsmistress

I never saw the original shows (I was working, darn it), but I had heard all about it throughout the years, so when the new Dallas launched and I was able to see it, I was glad to check it out. Was I glad I did! It’s been an amazing show, and I even got my 20-year-old son hooked on it (he loved Larry Hagman’s JR almost as much as I did). We were so sad when he passed, but oh, what a great tribute to his memory, carrying on such an amazing show with a great, talented cast of both old regulars and newbies (LOVE Judith Light’s mama role!). I am definitely looking forward to the new season. I have to admit, Dallas is one of the few shows I actually long for during hiatus! Wow, do they have ME hooked! 🙂
wolfy

Charday
Charday

Oh, can’t wait. I love the new DALLAS. I hope season four renewal comes soon, and also they shouldn’t break-up the seasons in half like this.

diane
diane

Can’t wait.

Beth
Beth

Looking forward to Pamela recovering from her suicide attempt and getting revenge on John Ross, and Emma being kicked to the curb. Last season, John Ross took his wife for granted and he’s gonna regret it. And still, despite all this, John Ross and Pamela are the most fun primetime couple I can think of.

shrona
shrona

I like this show so much more than I thought I would.

Charles B
Charles B

Dallas was such an iconic show in the 70s and 80s. Cynthia Cidre is a great producer and screenwriter. She has brought the best of the original show (Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy) with the fantastic new generation of talent. TNT must renew for Season 4! Hoping the ratings grow!

JJMiles
JJMiles

Any indication on who might be leaving Dallas TNT this season? The credits that aired tonight (9/15( indicated that “a Ewing would be killed” and I wonder who they would kill off?? I can’t imagine any of them leaving the show. If it’s a Ewing it’s limited to Ann, Bobby, Sue Ellen, John Ross, Christopher or Pamela. I’m searching to see who’s contract has not been renewed.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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DALLAS Online Reunion Coming With Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and More

Time to revisit Southfork during the coronavirus pandemic, with news on Friday that some of the cast from the original CBS primetime soap, Dallas will be participating in an online virtual chat next week!

According to Deadline, confirmed thus far are: Patrick Duffy (Ex-Bobby), Linda Gray (Ex-Sue Ellen), Charlene Tilton (Ex-Lucy) and Steve Kanaly (Ex-Ray).

They will all be part of the conversation on Friday, April 24th beginning at 8 p. m. EST.  The stars are taking part in the Stars in the House livestream series to raise money for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who have been bantering with cast members of several former and beloved shows, you can watch the virtual chat up on the Stars in the House website and on YouTube.

Since the first Stars in the House episode on March 16, the series has raised approximately $209,600 to benefit The Actors Fund.

So, will you be checking out the Dallas reunion next Friday? Comment below.

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‘Dallas’ star Ken Kercheval Dead At Age 83

Sad news to report for fans of the iconic primetime soap, Dallas.  Ken Kercheval, who played the thorn in J.R. Ewing’s (Larry Hagman) side, Cliff Barnes, has passed away.   The actor was 83 and died at his home in Indiana on Sunday.   The cause of death is under wraps.  He had been previously open about being a lung cancer survivor after years of smoking.

Kercheval was on Dallas for its entire run on CBS from 1978 to 1991, and returned to the TNT reboot from 2012 to 2014 to reprise his signature role.

On Dallas, Cliff Barnes was always the perennial loser when he went toe to toe with ruthless J.R, but in the final season, Cliff beats J.R at his own game and takes over Ewing Oil.  Cliff was also hopelessly in love with Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) and was the brother to Pam Barnes, played by Victoria Principal.

As for Ken’s first big acting breaks, that came on daytime soap operas when early in his career he appeared on Search for Tomorrow and How to Survive a Marriage.

Later, he appeared on episodic dramas such as Starsky & Hutch, and Crossing Jordan.  His final role was in a movie, 2019’s Surviving in L.A. said to be a comedy/drama in which he plays the business manager of a former teen sitcom star who trashed her life through drug abuse and is fresh out of rehab.

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Share your thoughts on the passing of Ken Kercheval in the comment section below.   But first, watch him as Cliff Barnes in this scene from TNT’s Dallas when he sees J.R. for the first time in years!

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