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DALLAS EP Cynthia Cidre Says Netflix Not Option, But Cable Is,To Try And Resurrect Series!

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Since the cancellation of TNT’s Dallas after its third season bombshell cliffhangers, fans have started their (previously reported) campaigns to resurrect the show and show their support that they want the Ewing drama and Southfork to return for a fourth go-round!

Meanwhile, Dallas showrunner Cynthia Cidre has been balancing her disappointment at the decision by TNT to can the series, with pushing forward trying to get a season four on a new outlet!

In a new interview with Yahoo! TV, Cidre relates that she had a feeling that the show might not get-picked up due by TNT due to the executive shuffle and change in direction that the cable outlet was going: “At certain time you have a radar about the situation, and the fact that we had lost our two greatest champions, when (Turner Entertainment Networks president) Steve Koonin and (TNT head of programming) Michael Wright left, was not a good thing. And that it took so long (to make a decision about Dallas‘s future), and that they had so loudly announced the fact that they wanted to change the network completely… it didn’t bode well. It just took too long. When people love you, they tell youthey love you sooner than that. So, I had started to mourn the show (at TNT). By the time I actually got the phone call, it wasn’t a relief, but at least I didn’t live in limbo anymore. “

As to if Netflix, which fans have been suggesting, could be the new home for Dallas, Cidre  reveals that will not be in the cards:  “I wish that were the case, because that was absolutely everybody’s first thought, but unfortunately I don’t believe that our foreign deals allow that. A streaming service is not compatible with our foreign deals, unfortunately, because those deals are all very profitable, and the rest of the world loves Dallas. So I think we’re looking at cable. There’s CMT, there’s Reelz, there’s WGN, there are a lot of possibilities.”

So this begs the question: where do you think is the best cable TV fit for Dallas, to where it could succeed, knowing that Cidre has also revealed that she already has the bible written for the fourth season and could be ready to shoot within the next five weeks?  Weigh-in below!

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Peaches
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Peaches

Just get it on a Network, ASAP

Nelson
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Nelson

How about lifetime or spike tv

Nelson
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Nelson

Just bring it back

Jimbo
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Jimbo

Please bring Dallas back, it was a great show. I want to see what happens next!!!!!

diane
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diane

I don’t care where it goes as long as it gets picked up by someone. One of the best shows out there.

Gayle
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Gayle

Thanks for spreading the word Michael. #SaveDallas

su0000
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su0000

Dallas is full of great talent.. the story is a classic go on..
TNT is run by men, nuff said….. and they seem to be a crazy to let Dallas go..

TV is full of junk programing… Dallas is needed !!
Any network that picks up Dallas will give their network some class and a show that is not junk.. (so tired of junk TV …
long live Dallas!!!

Rob
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Rob

CBS should pick it up as a summer series.

Janet
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Janet

Great idea Rob.

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Cynthia is a wonderful determined woman, I love her so much for not giving up. hopefully cmt or fox can pick up Dallas.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

How about POP formerly known as TVGN—isn’t their parent company the same as CBS, which used to run Dallas when in was on network? It also runs Y&R, so it seems like a good fit for a soap like show– or perhaps that makes too much sense to work

dee
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dee

I would think that tvgn is really not into putting new shows togetherlike dallas, I would luv to see if fox would pick it up,More people for whatever reason would seem to get more viewers, than tnt or tbs ever has with exception of a few. honestly I thought this past year was the best, they were hitting it stride. That really makes me sad that they are dropping dallas.

Tom Joyce
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Tom Joyce

She is pinning her hope on CMT, Reelz, or WGN? I don’t see any of those networks (?) having the money necessary to produce a show as expensive as “Dallas. Do we really want the show back if the budget is going to be slashed substantially?

Charday
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Charday

I’m rooting for them!!

KansasGuest
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Off the top of my head, I know that OWN is currently producing its own soap. That’s one possibility. Also, WHITE COLLAR is ending on the USA channel. Maybe they’d be open to gambling on a show with a built-in audience like DALLAS instead of trying to create a brand-new one. WC had the same number of shows every season as DALLAS; and they filmed on location in NYC. USA’s “Characters Welcome” mantra would certainly be accurate for DALLAS.

judy ox
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judy ox

Tv land lifetime we tv fox sprike usa tbs is a shame was one of the best shows ever oh and nbc could but it on day time after days what a pairing that would be but that would make to much sense

Judy S
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Judy S

Please get it on a network, cmt, wgn, lifetime, oxygen…this is a great show and don’t want it to end! I loved original Dallas and was so happy it was revived 3 seasons ago. It’s as good now as it was back in the 80’s! Please do whatever it takes to get it back!

Tracey
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Tracey

Please get Dallas back on TV soon, don’t care which network. CBS picking it up again is a great idea.

Don Hewitt
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Don Hewitt

I wouldn’t mind a bit if CBS picked it up, and ordered more that 15 episodes. I like to see about 29 a season.

Don H.

Charles E.
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Charles E.

Add me to those who want the show back ASAP!

DKD
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DKD

If it gets picked up, I hope the new network brings in better wtiters and has Christopher still alive.

TNT 2.0 Forever
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TNT 2.0 Forever

I agree! I only want the show back if it has better writers. Christopher’s death was unnecessary but that is what you do when you lack creativity and actual writing talent. I love Dallas too much to see it destroyed by a bunch of idiots. Fire them so they can go ruin another show. Cidre needs to be let go as well.

Michaelslantz
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Michaelslantz

I think CMT would be a perfect network for the show!

Fran S
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Fran S

I hope Dallas finds a network that appreciates a good, well acted drama. And please bring Christopher back.

DKD
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DKD

Agreed! I only want a fourth season if Christopher is alive!!!

Charlene Schonfield
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Charlene Schonfield

We want our Dallas back please! It will make Dallas fans very happy

jAYNE
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jAYNE

I would love to see CMT pick it up but any cable station would be great as long as we get Dallas back on the air…and not just for a 4th season….for many seasons to come !!
#SAVEDALLAS

Rick Kerr
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Rick Kerr

Wahat is taking so long to get a Network . The FANS are going to have a WORLD WAR soon . #savedallas best show going . Please find a Network soon . I e-mailed Patrick, Josh & Linda but no word back from them . #savedallas PLEASE

Erik Freund
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Erik Freund

CBS

BERNARD
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BERNARD

We are french fan of your amazing new series DALLAS and we are so disappointed ta learn that the 4th season wont be done, it was so so great . Could we have hopening to see on day the followind adventures of the Ewing Family ?

Olga Fargas
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Olga Fargas

ANYWHERE! JUST GET IN BACK ON THE AIR!!! BELIEVE ME DALLAS IS LOVED.

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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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