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Audrey Landers On If Afton Will Return To DALLAS Now That Rebecca Was Revealed to Be Her Daughter!

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On the August 8th stunning season finale of TNT’s Dallas it was revealed that Christopher Ewing’s estranged wife, Rebecca Sutter (Julie Gonzalo) is really Pamela Rebecca Barnes!  So that means, wait for it …  all this time Rebecca is actually the bi0-child of the Ewings bitter rival, Cliff Barnes and his ex, Afton Cooper!

In a fun and interesting interview, TV Guide sought out Audrey Landers who portrayed Afton from the original Dallas to find out if this could mean a trip back to Southfork for Audrey who is now 56 years old!  Landers admitted thus far she has not been asked back by the producers of the Dallas reboot for season two, but would jump at the chance to play with good ole J.R., Cliff,  and the new boys, for sure!  Here are a few excerpts from the TVG conversation with Landers below!

Audrey on what she thought of the final scene of the season one finale of TNT’s Dallas when Cliff Barnes emerged from the plane to greet Rebecca: “I thought it was very dramatic and powerful. A great cliffhanger and a shock to the audience, which was in keeping with the classic Dallas. Cliff was always trying to out due the Ewings any way he could. Back in the day, he would use Afton however he could as his tool, and now here he is using his own daughter for their collective benefit.”

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Audrey on when Afton actually gave birth to Rebecca in the original Dallas:  “There was a period that Afton left Dallas, and I left to do the movie A Chorus Line.  When the character reappeared in the late ’80s, there was a very touching scene where Cliff was looking for Afton and he finds that she’s back in Dallas singing somewhere. He knocks on her door and this beautiful little girl answers and says her name is Pamela Rebecca. Afton would never tell Cliff that she was his daughter. And then in J.R. Returns, all the kids were hanging out.”

Audrey on if she feels Rebecca needs her mother to come and help her:  “Oh I think she definitely needs her mother. And for different reasons. Afton’s character went through some amazing transitions during the run of the series. Afton started out as the gold-digger who would do whatever was necessary. I think early on she poisoned Cliff! But then somehow she finally fell in love with Cliff. He was pretty much a loser, but she stuck by him until he was impossible to put up with anymore. The audience really grew with Afton and they came to really admire her strength and how she was able to turn her life around. To this day I still receive letters from women who appreciated that she stood up for herself. It could be very interesting to see Afton show her daughter that she doesn’t need to follow in her father’s footsteps. She doesn’t need to be conniving and evil. She can make it on her own merits.”

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So, would you like to see Audrey Landers return to the new Dallas as Afton in season two?  Let us know!

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James
James

Yes. It would be so much fun to have Audrey Landers in the new Dallas tv series. She might make “J.R. Ewing and “Cliff Barnes” sweat a little bit.

SZima
SZima

Yes please, get Audrey back. Her daughter needs her and it would be good story to have Afton battle Cliff over their daughter and what Cliff if making her do. I’m assuming that this will be a major story next season, so it would only make sense.

(I had forgotten that Audrey’s name was Afton…that’s my granddaughter’s name!)

Doreen
Doreen

Wasn’t she on Somerset – a soap from the mid 70’s?

MK
MK

She was on OLTL in 1990-92.

Rodd
Rodd

Yes, she was on “Somerset”….I think her name was Heather. (?)

lew
lew

You are correct!

Iakovos
Iakovos

While I love the surprise DALLAS 2.0 sprung on us in th its first-season finale, I am a bit uncomfortable that Christopher and Rebecca are first cousins by family arrangement; he adopted by bobby and Pam whose brother Cliff is the now-revealed father of Rebecca. And there are babies coming! Now, I know there is no blood tie but…

Maybe Afton would rather stay away!

gloria
gloria

YES, YES, YES bring Afton back. This “cliff”hanger (no pun intended, ha) of Dallas surprised the hell out of me. I love this show & cannot wait for it to return. Brings back great memories & I love how they are staying true to history & mixing the old & the new. Long live Dallas!

lisa
lisa

Oh yes ….absolutely !!
Bring back Afton !!

Dmitri
Dmitri

I wanna see Pam and John Ross together. Since their families r rivals itll be interesting.

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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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In this week’s tis’ the season episode of the comedy series, American Housewife, none other than former  Dallas and The Bold and the Beautiful star Patrick Duffy returns to TV, when in story, Katie (Katie Nixon) strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father, Marty (Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas.  The episode is aptly titled, “Saving Christmas”

This then puts Marty face-to-face and toe-to-toe with ex-wife Kathryn, played by the wonderful Wendie Malick.

Soap fans will remember the Hot in Cleveland crossover between Malick and Susan Lucci of All My Children.

The first look photos of Duffy on American Housewife were first delivered by ABC to TV Insider.

The Duffy-esque episode airs on Wednesday December 12th (8:30pm EST)

For Dallas fans, they are still wishing that that somehow the show will still come back in another incarnation after its latest (the TNT version) was canned after three seasons.

Will you be checking out Patrick on American Housewife? What do you think of the ponytail look? Comment below.

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Y&R and Dallas Alum, Oscar Winner George Kennedy Has Died

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George Kennedy,  the Oscar-winning star of 1967’s Cool Hand Luke, which also starred Paul Newman has died at age 91, his grandson, Cory Schenkel confirmed.

Kennedy died in his sleep at his Boise, Idaho home early Sunday morning, the day of the Academy Awards.  He had been in failing health ever since his wife Joan died a little over a year ago. George had been under hospice care for the past month.

In the soaps, Kennedy is most remembered for his guest stints on The Young and the Restless playing Victor Newman’s despicable father, Albert Miller.  Kennedy first played the role in 2003 and then reprised it again in 2010.   Victor’s relationship with his father gave Eric Braeden some of the finest material of his career as the complex Victor.  Albert had abandoned his family, causing his son to be raised in an orphanage.

CBS original primetime soap Dallas also featured Kennedy as Carter McKay, one of the Ewing families bitter enemies from 1988 to 1991.  Geroge also played the role in two follow-up TV movies, 1996’s Dallas: J.R. Returns and 1998’s Dallas: War of the Ewings.  In addition, Kennedy appeared in several of the 70’s major disaster films including the original Airport and several sequels, as well as in Earthquake.  In the 80’s, he would appear in The Naked Gun franchise of films along with Leslie Nielsen.

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