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DALLAS creator, David Jacobs Excluded from New TNT Series Reboot! And says, "Bobby's son should have been the bad one & JR's, the good one!"

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Oh what a mess!  The creator of the original version of the series, Dallas, David Jacobs, who also created our favorite nighttime soap, Knots Landing, spoke out to Forbes.com in an exclusive about how the new TNT version scheduled to debut on June 13th excluded him from any input on the new series. Jacob’s will only receive a “created by” screen credit, with no money and no participation in the project.

Jacobs informed Forbes.com that the new show producers have cut him out completely. “I will not waive my rights. The material isn’t bad.  But I read the scripts and found they were very plot driven. I thought she was going to have trouble down the road. The original Dallas and Knots Landing ran five years too long because the audience was so engaged with the characters. You didn’t need to come  up with constant plot points. The scripts are good. But they should have made Bobby’s kid the bad one, and JR’s kid the good one. Bobby has a new wife, and she’s from Houston.  She should have been from main line Philadelphia or Boston or New York. Or very rich. But I never had the opportunity to express any of this.”

What do you think of Jacob’s exclusion from something he created?  And, what do you think of what he had to say about making Bobby Ewing’s  son the bad seed, and JR Ewing’s son the good seed? Let us know!

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Erik
Erik

To be honest, given Jacobs is alive and well, the creative powers of the new series should have at the very least taken advantage of that and consulted him. Mr. Jacobs’ seemingly objective, and would have contributed to some fine ideas. I like the conflicts – JR/John Ross’ relationship interwoven with Bobby/Christopher’s; and JR and Sue Ellen looking down on Bobby’s new wife Ann for not being a true Texas native. The possibilities Jacobs shared would have been lush – and familiar.

So_Superflous
So_Superflous

I’m gonna hold my critique til June 13th

Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

Dallas! Finally returning. It’s been long awaited and feels like a dream come true. People will definitely be tuning in to this on June 13th. Yes, I do think they should have given him some kind of credit since he is the creator of the original show. Without David Jacobs, there would be no Dallas. Give credit where credit is due. As far as Christopher being the bad guy? Nah! People are soooo looking forward to watching JR Ewing’s son follow his Daddy’s footsteps, and no one but Josh Henderson could do it! I think the casting is excellent and I do believe it will be an exciting new show. Time to rid the REALITY SHOWS. There are way to many of them. I have heard many people say there are no good writers today and they do not know how to create a good show anymore. So they create junk reality shows. No talent whatsoever in them. Now if they would only bring back “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” along with “Dallas”, life would be perfect! 😉

Iakovos
Iakovos

I have faith in the DALLAS reboot, too, Nancy. I shall wait until June 13 to offer any opinions, but David Jacobs offers some good ideas. Stories these days are driven by plot points anymore, rather than character. Look at REVENGE (which I love, by the way). That ABC serial spends no extra time on character as story spins quickly. I do like character explorations though… which is why I loved the pre-Bobby’s Dream DALLAS and KNOTS LANDING.

I miss ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, too. Here’s hoping the Daytime Emmy Awards honor them both with some nominations next week!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Well, if they dont want you, you pick up ur marbles and go play somewhere else!

barbara t
barbara t

this is good ,and 1loveabcsoaps will tell me I am getting off subject here ,well maybe ,at the start of this post I will ,abc/disney are you reading any of this/abc/disney should give agnus nixon the rights to her stories and characters back,so we can go back to landview for another 43 years .I love dallas I cant wait to watch it again and I am sorry to hear that David Jacobs is being excluded from dallas he created it so he should have the right to say anything he wants about the characters,I think he is right about bobby and jr’s son,dont know about bobbys wife ,I will have more to say after I see the first episode ,Hollyweird sure likes to take things that don’t belong to them ,abc/disney give agnus the rights to her stories and for heaven sakes let the guy who created dallas have the rights to his creation,seriously I dont get it.Here we have another great program being taken over by other writers sometimes thats a very big mistake,I’d give examples but I would be here for a very long time .I hope this decision doesn’t hurt dallas I am looking forward to spending time with another family that I love the ewings ,Let the oil wells flow the ewings are back in business.

mike
mike

The power of the show is the “new” JR. John Ross has to be the chip off the old block. The show will work if the writing is good and if we love to hate Josh Henderson the way we did Larry Hagman.

Mo
Mo

It does sound like a good idea to have Bobby’s son be bad and JR’s be good. Sounds like more potential for story and conflict. Too bad they didn’t at least want his input.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

Always someone has to be negative! Stop complaining Mr. Jacobs. You obviously already thought you were going to have all the control and you were outnumbered!!!!

Rob
Rob

I agree and I also think the sons of JR and Bobby have been WOEFULLY miscast.

They are two of the weakest young actors around and I think about all the talent, especially from daytime, that could have bee tapped to play these roles.

I will definitely give it a chance but Jesse metcalf?!?! really? The other one Josh whatever-his-name is was horrible on desperate housewives and completely unlikeable.

Also, what about Bobby and Betsy? Gary and Val’s kids. It would have been interesting to have one or both try to get their share of the pie.

Shelly
Shelly

New blood and new ideas are not necessarily a bad thing, as long as the new “Big D” stays true to history (unlike some daytime soap story lines). It will be a huge success with the older Dallas fans (we all know the networks don’t care us). The young, hip cast surely should attract the coveted 18-34 demographic only if the writing is superior and edgy.

I totally agree with Nancy. I’m so sick of talk, reality, and competition shows I could scream.

As far as good/bad younger Ewings, both boys have some serious baggage. Remember, Sue Ellen was drinking heavily, and John Ross was born most likely with fetal alcohol syndrome. Furthermore, the poor kid stayed in the crib for a year, not being accepted by his mother or father. Christopher was abandoned by 2 mothers; first by Kristin who left him with her druggie husband (then of course she died), then by Pam who thought she would ‘spare” Christopher the pain of dealing with her deformity/illness.

Barbara
Barbara

I think the idea of John Ross being impaired by fetal alcohol syndrome would be a very interesting twist ———– A guilt-ridden Sue Ellen blaming herself for causing her son’s condition, struggles to remain sober. JR struggles with the reality that his son, THE Ewing heir, doesn’t match up to the macho man Texas oilman image of the Ewing men. John Ross unsuccessfully tries to keep up with Christopher in life an d business and harbors resentment towards his cousin for outdoing him.

Shelly
Shelly

Barbara, I’ve often wondered (I’m so gonna be busted for this), is JR really John Ross’ father? Think back to the paternity episode. When the results were read, the family and guests were preparing to leave for the Oil Barron’s Ball. Harv the attorney just walked in and said JR, no doubt about it; you are the daddy! What if…Jock and Harv conspired to give false information? While Harv was a fine, upstanding no crap attorney, he could have been strongly persuaded by Jock to lie. I’m no biologist but it seems Cliff and Sue Ellen hooked up way more than JR and Sue Ellen. It could come out now that Harv lied (he confided to his widow on his death bed, she chose to keep it a secret and wrote it in a journal found by her children upon her death). Farfetched? Maybe. LOL. Oh well, I love Dallas and can’t wait til June 13!

barbara t
barbara t

Shelly, Very interesting,could be.I love dallas to and cant wait either.

Barb
Barb

Bring back PAM!!! She was so perfect for Bobby and Christopher. She could deal w/Sue Ellen and not put up with JR’s crap and could hold her own. And what about Lucy? Will she be there too, I hope? She could, also, hold her own, particularly w/JR. I guess Miss Ellie is already deceased I do not know though, hopefully not. Pam is a very strong character and did great in dealing with the Ewing family.
Just bring back PAM EWING!!! And Cliff as well, as well as his daughter, too.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Looking forward to the Dallas reboot. But, I have to say David Jacobs new how to develop characters and write stories. I consider Dallas & Knots to be exceptional in the soap genre. I hope Dallas succeeds and is enjoyable as the original.

Barbara
Barbara

Obviously, without seeing an episode yet, none of us can if the show would have been better if Jacobs’ ideas had been implemented.

However, his ideas are VERY interesting and certainly would have altered the dynamics from what we know about the characters.

Jacobs makes a very accurate comment about the old Dallas and Knots Landing — That both shows were very character driven and viewer interest in the characters kept them on longer. I totally agree with his comment. The quality of the writing for both shows dwindled in the last two years for each. However, I kept watching both of them just because I liked the long-term characters who still appeared on them.

Is Jacobs working these days? I really like his ideas. I wish Y&R would hire this man as a consultant. The approach he is advocating, focusing on the characters, is desperately needed on Y&R.

Melissa Mullins
Melissa Mullins

Dear David;

As a creator, writer and Producer I deplore the fact that an original creator wouldn’t be included in their own creation. Maybe I don’t have all of the details but it seems like the only respectful thing to do. I currently live in the L.A. area but lived in Houston during the “Dallas” years and I can tell you that every Friday night the city was glued to the television or you couldn’t make conversation on Monday morning at every oil company that I worked for!

I loved “Dallas” but just when I thought television couldn’t get any better along came my own personal favorite, “Knotts Landing”. I even bought my first house at 22 years old in Houston on the corner of a cul de sac! My best friend bought a house in Arlington, TX on Knotts Landing without knowing it was my favorite show. All of your characters were bigger than life !!

If you would consider bringing “Knotts” back it would be a dream to work on it with you with a 21st Century spin. Those characters I will never forget! All the best in life!

Melissa

lucy
lucy

I think it would be interesting if creators remembered that Christopher is actually JR and Kristen Sheppards love child and that makes John Ross And Christopher Brothers not cousins so Christopher could well turn out to be the baddy !

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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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