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Dallas EP Reveals More On The Return Of Gary & Val Ewing! Says No Other 'Knots' Actors Will Be Part Of The Show!

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Cynthia Cidre, the executive producer of the hit TNT reboot of Dallas is gearing up for a dynamic second season where we already learned of her plans to bring back to the fold Knots Landing favorites, Joan Van Ark (Valene) and Ted Shackelford (Gary) this spring to Southfork!

TV Guide got some additional details on the their arrival, including that they will be a reuniting with their on-screen daughter, Lucy Ewing (Charlene Tilton) too!

Cidre informed TVG that Shackelford will pop up as J.R. and Bobby’s brother a couple episodes before Val and Lucy:  “Gary comes because he is a third owner of the oil under Southfork. Then Val comes for a big event. We have some really fun stuff with Gary and Val back together with J.R. and Sue Ellen.”

JoanVan Ark and Charlene Tilton are scheduled to shoot their scenes in January. “I’m so excited to revisit Valene,” says  who has a feeling Val’s marriage is on the rocks. “All I hope is that Val is successful and has become empowered, as they’ve done with Sue Ellen.”   Shackelford revealed he hopes Gary has remained sober but isn’t opposed to a return to his philandering ways! “You have to have conflict or you have no drama. I’m looking forward to seeing all of them.”

Cidre also announced that she has no plans to re-introduce Gary and Val’s other grown-up children, twins Bobby and Betsey, or any other Knots actors noting: “I’m already feeling a little squeezed by serving all the characters on our plate!”

So will you be checking out Joan, Ted, and Charlene next year on season two of Dallas? What would you like to see happen when these characters mix it up with the Ewing clan of Southfork? Let us know!

 

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Rodd
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Rodd

Whatever combo will keep the show successful is fine with me.

Sharla
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Sharla

I am excited that they are coming back on the show

gloria
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gloria

Glad Gary and Val are back, but still let down that they will not have any other Knots Landing members on the show.

Mary H
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Mary H

Loved Knots Landing!!! Bring it back too! Love Gary ad Val

Bart
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Bart

I loved KNOTS too!!! That was my guilty pleasure show from 1979-1993!!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

mine too! I am very excited for this development. Soaps rule!

Splum
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Splum

Stupid to say no other KL characters. Even if she feels there’s too many characters on show, should have kept it to herself. It’s a letdown.

Luv-n-laughter
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Luv-n-laughter

@Splum…considering that none of the other characters had anything remotely to do with Dallas, this is in the best interest of keeping the show purely DALLAS. Why muddy the waters? Perhaps someone should consider re-booting Knots Landing.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Knots Landing was a Dallas spin off , so as much as I loved Knots Landing, I think the EP is doing the right thing by only bringing characters from Knots that were first introduced on Dallas. I am glad TS will finally get to so something more challenging than be Gloria’s boy toy on Y&R and look forward to seeing him and the rest of Ewing clan on new season of Dallas.

lisa
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lisa

I’m looking forward to seeing Gary and Val in Dallas…but I think Charlene Tilton should have a little work done before mommy and daddy come to town…. with all the work Joan Van Ark has had done – it makes Charlene look old…….just say ‘in.

D Hewitt
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D Hewitt

I would like to see a season be longer than 10 episodes. How about 26?
Think we can get TNT to buy into that?

Joel
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Joel

Agree no more Knots characters, never watched KL so it isn’t a big deal to me that they’re on. Still I love Lucy and like Gary so should be fun. I assume a lot of people like Val so I’m happy for her fans.

PGP
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PGP

PLEASE Reboot KNOTTS LANDING!!!!

gloria
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gloria

Sorry to hear about Larry passing on. It is so sad and he will be missed. I know he would want the show to continue. I hope we see more of Gary and Val and not just 3 episodes. Please consider adding more of Knots Landing.. Abbey, Karen Mac. Dallas needs a good lawyer now… Why not MAC

kalamaty
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kalamaty

Having these two appearing together as characters they originated in the 70’s is unbelievably fantastic! Let’s not forget, this same duo appeared on an episode of Wonder Woman together with Linda Carter, almost 40 years ago! They have been performing together for almost 5 decades and it’s a wonderful thrill for their longtime fans to see it happening all over again! Can’t wait to see there work together on the new Dallas! Congrats to them both!

michelle
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michelle

i love them too and glad to see they will be joining the show. knotts landing was my favorite show ever. wish it would return too. i would love to see donna mills, michelle lee etc. as well!

Patrick
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Patrick

I LOVED both Dallas, and Knot’s Landing….

Knot’s remained my favorite… the Dallas “rich” nuevo… kinda wore out… but, i still remained with the show… but, it, was Knots’ and all the rich relationships that had me glued…. for 15 years!

i never watched falcon crest… and/or The Colbys’.

1) Knot’s
2) Dallas
3) Dynasty

I hope Joan Van Ark looks good… she deserves this return to the spotlight… for all her good work.

Donald Peebles
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Donald Peebles

Cynthia Cidre needs to really have Bobby and Betsy finally get with their Southfork family and meet their older sister, Lucy, for once, if they haven’t already. I understand she does not want to bring on too many KNOTS people but Bobby, Betsy, and even Molly Whitaker are EWINGS! This would be closure to the DALLAS/KNOTS fans.

gloria
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gloria

So sad about the passing of Larry…Please Cynthia, David Jacobs is a great writter, He would bring the feeling back and that is what we need. New writters today just dont GOT IT.. We need night Soaps back. Please consider Val and Gary to do more than 3 episodes. I know that is what Larry would want. If they can work the legal issues out, can they bring more of Knots Landing into the show. Sure Dallas needs a lawyer for the show. Bring back MAC (Kevin Dobson) and more of Knots members…

Kaila
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Kaila

I can’t WAIT to see these episodes!! Knot’s Landing was my favorite show in the 80s and I remember groups of us girls watching it. Can’t wait to tell my friends – maybe we’ll have a Knots Landing reunion party!

gloria
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gloria

I cant wait toooooo. I loved Knots Landing

Travis
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Travis

Ignoring Knots history i believe is a mistake. Why NOT have thier grown twins with them? Them twins would be what….28 or 29 now? Why not give an update on them and show them with big sis Lucy?

Also, Ciedre being adiment on not bringing in any other Knots characters i think is shooting her and the show in the foot. Let’s face it……………RATINGS WOULD SKY ROCKET if Ms. Mills appeared as Abby in any capacity for whatever time.

And if not bring any other characters into Dallas, why not reboot Knots?

gloria
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gloria

I agree with you…

Travis
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Travis

Or bring some of the Knots characters on to Dallas to serve as a launching platform for a new “Knots Laniding” reboot to be done by the same crew doing Dallas.

gloria
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gloria

Please bring people from Knotslanding back… PLEASE

gloria
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gloria

I wish Knotslanding would come back. Please think about it. Or have Dallas and Knotslanding together…

gloria
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gloria

I feel so hurt that they will not put other Knots Landing actors on the show. Feel a big let down. I hope that they will do Knots Laning again.

June
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June

I was hoping to see members of Knots Landing also. I hope that they can resolve this issue. Knots Landing was the best. It would be magic to see members of Knotlanding join the new Dallas. Or would be real great to have New Knots Landing after Dallas.

maria newcomb
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maria newcomb

it is going to be so nice to have gary and val back would love to see more characters and maybe a remake of knots landing. it is so nice to have some normal television on again. but larry hagman will be missed. thanks tnt for thinking of us boomers.

gloria
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gloria

I agree with you Maria.

Gerri
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Gerri

I would love a remake of Knots!

Michael
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Michael

When Bobby “died,” Gary came to his funeral during the dream season. On Knots Landing, reference was made to Bobby’s death, Gary attending his funeral and his grieving. However, these plot points and story lines on Knots were not a dream. This inconsistency resulted in no cross overs between Dallas and Knots after Bobby’s resurrection. So, if Gary and Val return, won’t they be surprised to see Bobby alive??

Glo
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Glo

Anyone watch the new Dallas last night. Cynthia does not know how to get this show back. It was boring and I fell asleep. It will only be good when Knots actors come back. I sure hopw Val and Gary will be on the show more. Cant understand why they will not add more Knots actors. The new Dallas will not work without some Knots actors…

Greg Wilson
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Greg Wilson

You are right Glo. I will not watch it. Patrick Duffy looks like he is sad and no engery. I am very sure if he had some of other actors from the past he would be happy. Wish they had Mac (Kevin Dobson) as a lawyer on the show.

Glo
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Glo

I know, I think Mac would be great. Cynthia just does not get it.

Alice Duffy
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Alice Duffy

I hope Gary and Val is a regular. Why cant they put Kevin Dobson on Dallas as the lawyer. I miss Mac tooooo. He would play the part great.

Alice

Bob Acker
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Bob Acker

I agree with u there Alice…

Ramsey
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Ramsey

Cynthia Cidre I think its wonderful to have these actors back on, I love CharleneTilton but we need to get here back on track somehow…moremake-up fancey clothes or some hair extentions something Zas Zas her up! I also think it would be great to have Val and Garys twins on the show, unless they died or something ,.. I dont remember LOL keep up the great work ! I have many great ideas if you want to here them!!

aleutian1
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aleutian1

Well I guess I have to state the obvious problem with bringing back Valene. Umm…hasnt anyone SEEN Joan van Ark recently? Her face is way too messed up for even the best TV makeup artist to hide. If they put her on the show it will a freakshow.

sydney
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sydney

i bet she is looking better than ever by the time it hits the airways

Gerri
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Gerri

I was hoping for more of Val and Gary and the twins. Now that Larry Hagman (RIP) is gone there needs to be more of the old, familiar characters to keep the original viewers interested. Loved Knots Landing and wish more of the characters could be written in.

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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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‘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.

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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