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DALLAS EP's Cynthia Cidre and Michael Robin Halt Efforts To Find New Home For Canceled Series!

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It’s a very sad day for soap fans, once again!  The time has come to put an end to the reboot of Dallas.

After the #SaveDallas campaign began in early October and picked up so much steam, it simply was not enough for the series showrunners, Cynthia Cidre and Michael Robin to find a new cable home for the soap after it being dumped by TNT at the conclusion of its third season cliffhanger.

In a statement released today to DallasDecoder.com, Cidre and Robin let the fans know and all  that supported their efforts, that they have been unable to find a new home for the series and are ending their search.  Below is the statement.

Cidre and Robin Joint Statement: “Friends … Well, we have come to the end.  After a 6-week attempt to try and land our beloved Dallas at another network, we have to inform you that we have not succeeded. Warner Horizon has attempted, in a Herculean way, to try and find us a new home, but at the end of the day it did not work out.

We so appreciate the outpouring of support by all of you, and the #SaveDallas campaign was a truly remarkable undertaking. We cannot fully express how much we loved making this show for you and with you. We had 3 wonderful years together, and we had the times of our lives bringing this iconic show back to television. Thank you for your support; thank you for your loyalty to our wonderful characters; and thank you for watching our show.

We wish you all our very best, and thank you again for loving Dallas.  With great admiration and appreciation, Cynthia Cidre and Michael Robin”

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So Dallas fans, what do you think of the news?  Heartbreaking? Were you of the belief that the reboot of Dallas could find a new home?  What will you miss the most know that it appears we have seen the last of Southfork! Share your thoughts below!

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MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I really enjoyed this show. Never missed an episode and always watched live. It was appointment TV for me. I appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep the show alive and will miss it. Would have loved a resolution to the cliffhanger, at least. Best wishes to all involved for future success.

Marty w
Marty w

The original DALLAS and this DALLAS were both appointment TV for me from the very first episode of both series. I think if one of the major networks (ABC; NBC; or CBS) picked up the new series, it would be a hit. Ms. Cidre and Mr. Robin are, I think, amoung the best writers to ever work on television scripts. What a great, spell-binding time they provided us.

Karen
Karen

Although I am not happy to hear this news I wasn’t really expecting much. It seems like other genre’s can be rescued by the fans, just not soaps. I loved the first season completely. The second season started to lose me when they starter ading so many new characters at break neck speed. I kept up, loved seeing Judith LI ghat but the 3rd season really was on the fence for me. I think the wrtiers took too much liberty when they started inferring Southfork was anyone’s other than the Ewings. There was no way JR could have done anything with deeds when it belonged to Miss Ellie’s family dating back to the early days. Also did not appreciate the apparent murder of Christopher or the ridiculousness of a JR daughter. I understand there was a child he did not know much about, but to insinuate a daughter was nuts. How about the son he had prior to John Ross? Why not utilize that character.
Sad to see it go, but didn’t see much enjoyment for me personally with the way it was going.

SZima
SZima

Like you, I enjoyed the first season, but lost interest halfway into the second season. I thought I might binge-watch to catch up, but obviously wasn’t interested enough to do that. I’m not sure why…maybe it was the two “boys”…John Ross & Christopher… that didn’t grab me.
Anyway, I sorry for those that loved the show, but it really doesn’t matter to me that it’s not coming back.
Now if they could bring back Knots Landing, with most of the originals, I could get into that!

dansky
dansky

TNT failed to recognize its audience. DALLAS started off strong on Wednesday Nights in the mid to late summer three years ago. It aired at the perfect time of the night for fans to enjoy. Then in their zest for winter ratings, it was forced back onto the air in the dead of winter on a Monday night to fight for ratings on an already powerful night for cable as well as network programming. And yes, with the loss Larry Hagman was a hit to the show, but the wriiing and acting never faltered. If only TNT had not messed with what it had; A HIT SUMMER SERIES, fans might not be feeling the loss of this great show.

Mike
Mike

Completely agree with you. DALLAS was a good show – it had it’s faults but it never failed to entertain on a weekly basis. But the biggest mistake was taking a successful summer series and moving it to the regular season. DALLAS was fluffy popcorn fun – it simply couldn’t stand up to the regular slate full of fall and spring shows. While I understand the need to make the attempt to see if it could thrive against stiffer competition, once they discovered it couldn’t, I fully expected them to course correct and return it to an annual summer series. Instead, TNT stayed the course – learning nothing – and let the series burn out. Losing Larry Hagman was a hard blow as it was and TPTB should have realized the series needed some nurturing after that unfortunate event.

Nick D.
Nick D.

The should have attempted to get a wrap up movie made – the chances would have been better. A two or four hour movie could have gotten financed between DVD/VOD sales, domestic and foreign licensing. “Dallas- The End. ” Really crappy to leave off on a cliffhanger.

su0000
su0000

I read fans of dark shadows never got over its’ no ending, so i can see how the dallas fans may never get past it also..
always wondering how it would have ended / closure..

shows like dallas are very expensive to produce and maintain, and the broadcast networks are not able to support big productions as dallas..
It needs cable ..

Lew S.
Lew S.

Farewell to a very good soap. Never missed an episode.

Claudio
Claudio

I am very upset and sad, that another network did not pick up dallas. RIP. Too many crappy reality shows out there. I only watch the voice and Dancing with the stars. I no longer watch American idol, that needs to be cancelled. I am very grateful we still have 4 Daytime soaps left. I love watching Days of our lives, GH and The Young and The Restless. We need to support and watch the soaps. Amen.

Charday
Charday

DALLAS was my favorite show on tv and it will be missed. Grateful that we had three seasons, but it should have ended better. I like Nick’s idea above about they should have at least done a tv movie/wrap-up.

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

I’m not a fan of Cidre so glad to hear she is moving on. This provides an opportunity someone more talented and actually knows how to produce a prime-time soap to come along and take another stab at the Dallas reboot. I’ve had enough of Cidre.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I agree. I was not impressed with her “spin” on the Ewings and “Dallas.” She didn’t seem to know or to appreciate fundamental elements about the original show that were a key to its success.

Bethune
Bethune

Cidre is was not only wrong for Dallas but any show. Having a new vision for the show isn’t necessarily a bad thing but awful writing riddled with continuity errors from episode to episode and personality-du-jour are massive problems. Compound it with completely illogical plots and twists that make no sense or worse yet damage the characters, and you have a show not worth saving.

Dom
Dom

TNT SUCKS!!!

dee
dee

totally agree!,

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am so sorry to hear this news. I really enjoyed this show and its amazing cast. My very best wishes to everyone in the future.

Sigrid
Sigrid

Well, that sucks!!

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

Sad news indeed!

Kate
Kate

If Dallas had 14 or 15 great seasons before why end now. You can have 14 more seasons on USA network or CBS before Blue Blood on Fridays. Move Hawaii five o to TNT.Dallas should not cancel nor end the series to keep the program on the air in memory of Larry Hagman. If he were still alive the network or the writers wouldn’t end Dallas. I say at least air through the Winter on any network. Do what you have done to other soaps leave the airways but,air them through Hulu etc.as you do for All my Children and One Life to Live. From Kate

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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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