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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.”

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.”

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
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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
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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
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Doreen

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

MK
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MK

She was on OLTL in 1990-92.

Rodd
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Rodd

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

lew
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lew

You are correct!

Iakovos
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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!

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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
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lisa

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

Dmitri
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Dmitri

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

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Bradford Anderson, Melissa Fumero & Juan Pablo Di Pace To Appear In Virtual ‘Ballots Over Broadway’

Some of your favorites who have been in both daytime and primetime soaps will be participating in this Friday August 7th’s virtual event, “Ballot Over Broadway” to benefit Higher Heights for America and Field Team 6.

Look for General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), and former Dallas and Fuller House star, Juan Pablo Di Pace (Ex-Nicolas Trevino, Dallas) to join the likes of Laura Benanti, Andre De Shields and so many more from Broadway, TV and Film in an intimate evening songs.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and former One Life to Live star, Melissa Fumero (Amy and Ex-Adriana, respectively), will be speaking during the event.

Field Team 6 is a national volunteer army with a simple mission: Register Democrats. Save the world. By targeting places that need Democrats most, we aim to take the White House, flip the Senate, and expand our House majority.

Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies.

The event kicks-off at 8PM PST/11 PM EST and to be able to view make sure to get your tickets or to donate by going to this link here.

So might you join the virtual event and watch Bradford, Melissa and Juan Pablo? Comment below.

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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.

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.

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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