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DALLAS Ratings Winner! What did you think of the Premiere Episodes? We Loved It!

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OK, we’re in!  In a very impressive two hour season premiere on TNT, the highly anticipated Dallas reboot was a big winner last night in the ratings scoring an impressive average of 6.8 million viewers on Wednesday, making it the No. 1 scripted series premiere on all of cable so far this year.  TNT, as a result, was the No. 1 network among basic cable Wednesday. The show lured 1.9 million adults 18-49 and 2.4 million adults 25-54.

So what was our review of the two-hour premiere episode?   First off, there were some very juicy twists and turns, Dallas– flavored backstabbing, and story arcs that clearly make us want to tune-in next week and throughout the ten week run of the series!  And the show looked very majestic with its over head shots and long shots of Dallas, the ranch and the splendor of it all.   Plus it brought it to modern times, in particular with the music montage used effectively at the end of Christopher’s wedding, which make it feel like something on television from this decade.

Our favorites in the premiere were Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing who was deliciously sinister, a snake in the grass, a real bad boy, and sexy to boot.   He seems to be the catalyst that makes the new Dallas go!   We also loved the performances by Brenda Strong as Ann Ewing and Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing and bought into them as husband and wife.  As Bobby deals with his cancer diagnosis, and Ann learns the truth (and can load a shotgun at a seconds notice!), we saw both these characters strength and vulnerability.  Bobby wants to keep his promise to his mama Miss Ellie, about the land on Southfork while John Ross drilled on it and struck oil. BIG problems! J.R. comes out of a catatonic depressive state and becomes the old J.R. of old and it’s always fun to see Larry Hagman again, but what is so interesting is that John Ross is even double crossing his dad, and vice-versa!

There is also the sizzling plot between the two brothers, John Ross and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) where we learned that Christopher was to marry Jordana Brewster’s Elena Ramos, only someone emailed a break up letter and messed it their relationship up!  (We think it Julie Gonzalo’s character of Rebecca Sutter, and Rebecca’s brother who have hatched a two year plan, which was exactly probably around the same time that email came. Subplot!)  Only now Christopher (in the premiere episode) marries Rebecca.   Linda Gray’s Sue Ellen is back, this time telling John Ross she will help him any way she can to get Southfork and it looks like she has political aspirations!  Will Sue Ellen eventually fall of the wagon? We can only hope so!  

There was so much double-crossing we had to keep a score card, but that’s why we loved the original Dallas and if things keep going this way, we will all fall in love with it, all over again.   Let us know what you thoughts on the premiere and who really stood out to you?

 

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Brian
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Brian

Like the original love this!!!!!! Do the ratings include DVR’ing?

barbara t
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barbara t

Uh oh Brian, I went to 3 different places to see if it counts at all 3 places they say no, You have to watch it live, the television has to be on. that’s how abc/ disney got away with saying the soaps aren’t being watched anymore that’s not the truth because so many fans were watching it by taping, soapnet, the internet. we are watching just in different ways. Wasn’t Dallas great? I can’t wait till Wednesday, those Ewings were never boring.

Heather
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Heather

DVR counts in the ratings if you watch it the same day and do not FF the commercials.

barbara t
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barbara t

Brian, Good thing Heather has good news, you didn’t ff did you?

barbara t
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barbara t

It was an exciting two hours of great backstabbing within the family, that’s what I loved about the ewings and I can’t wait till next Wednesday. John Ross is driven and he is willing to go against his own father J r, I loved when he snapped out of where ever he has been in that nursing home, He, Jr is cold and hasn’t changed a bit, this fan is grateful for that , So Jr want’s to get back into the oil business and he doesn’t care who he hurts including his own son. I like seeing Bobby happy… Read more »

Cheryl D.
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Cheryl D.

I decided at the last minute to give it a try. I watched the original & wasn’t sure they could pull this off but was pleasantly surprised. Even had a few twists that I didn’t see coming. I’m glad that Bobby, JR, & Sue Ellen make more than a cameo appearance & are part of the storyline. I wouldn’t of keep watching if they weren’t. So my DVR is set to record the rest of the series. Let’s see how these youngsters do it Dallas style.

willy garza ( partywill )
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willy garza ( partywill )

I love the new Dallas , keeping original score is homage to us loyal n devoted fans.
I grew up watching with my grandmother till she passed away .
We imagined ourselves at South Fork and mingling with the Ewings.
I was mesmerized as a kid by Dallas .
The lifestyle of the rich family on South Fork.
Even years later , at 37yrs ..I find myself wanting to go back to South Fork and
involved with the Ewing Feuds !
John Ross n Christopher are just soo sexxy.
I am #TeamJohnRoss but want Christopher on the side !

toscanti
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toscanti

The BEST!!!! I watched the original and was glued to my TV for the sequal. The cast is dynamic and paired magically. Can hardly wait for next episode.

ethel
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ethel

i expected it to be good but it was awesome! can’t wait until next week to see what happens next………….

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I, too, was riveted for the premiere and so happy with the results!. The spirit of the DALLAS I followed for 14 seasons was retained. The show did not try to be something it was not, and its efforts to reflect current tastes were done well (the music montage, a full-fledged red carpet at the Cattle Barons Ball, the location shooting, the quicker storytelling… all those double-crosses!) . This truly was like picking up a story you set down and came back to, as no time had passed. High marks for Cynthia Cidre for doing her homework and for including… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

LOVE IT!

anna
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anna

I loved it,and Im 64 now,and got all the DVD’s of the original Dallas.
and when the new Dallas DVD’s are out I’ll get them too 🙂

Patrick
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Patrick

that’s a fun tidbit to share… it was one of the best shows on the air… and it’s a treat to be giddy about Dallas again.

Proves… soaps… are being watched…. !

Patrick
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Patrick

I would love to own all of Knot’s Landing on dvd.

Christy
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Christy

darn, I don’t have TNT, but one of my co-workers was telling us about it. she said it was Awesome! She loved it! and said if it hadn’t had all those original actors/stars in it, she would have have watched it. She said it had a lot of the same sort of gossipy dirty deals behind someone’s back jus t like the original series had.

Christy
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Christy

oh that should read. if it hadn’t had all those original actors/stars in it she would have NOT watched it

barbara t
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barbara t

That’s how I feel to the originals made the show they all have to stay, John ross, jr’s son is going to be very interesting to watch he was good. I can’t wait to see him and his dad go after each other, There was a lot of back stabbing and it was like we never left South Fork, every thing is the same, we are all just older.

Anne
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Anne

Where is Pam? Loved Victoria P. Did she die in the original Dallas?

Waltina
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Waltina

She abandoned Bobby and Christopher after an accident left her disfigured. V.P. runs a mega-successful company now and doesn’t want to return.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

One of the reasons VP left was after they made that whole season a dream they went back to making her character weak she was vey upset , I loved Dallas but it was never the same when they made that a dream, they should have put Bobby in a coma. I mean I guess Pam went over to Knots and dreamed for Gary. The producers at Knots were furious and their were never any crossovers again for the character of Gary I mean Gary sufferd etc on Knots for how many episodes.

sheryl
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sheryl

Great show , loved it the actors were great just as good as the old ones. Can’t wait to see what happens next. Thank you Michael for the update.

Chloe
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Chloe

I really enjoyed it. I thought the plot twists were great and I loved seeing Bobby, Sue Ellen and especially JR again! The one weak part for me was John Ross. JR’s longevity as a villain is because as bad as he is, you love watching him. John Ross – not so much. I didn’t enjoy him & wouldn’t mind seeing JR crush him and send him packing.

Robin Callahan
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Robin Callahan

I read about the new series in Southern Living and saved the date, but somehow missed the premiere last night! Two hours to boot, will these two episodes be shown again in the near future? Maybe on the internet?? R.

toscanti
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toscanti

TNT has been playing it all week and I believe it is on again tonight.

veronica
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veronica

loved it….loved the new characters

lisa
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lisa

I loved it !!
But didn’t like the whole Bobby dying bit. NO ,NO, NO !
It was nice to see Ray (Steve Kanaly) and Lucy (Charlene Tilton).
It would have been nice to see that familiar portrait of old Jock, but I would imagine they would have to pay the estate of the late Jim Davis for the use of his image.
Overall looking forward to next weeks episode.

mike
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mike

Only one minor fault. I wish they had done the opening credits in the style of the old show , with pictures of the stars in alphabetical order.

toscanti
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toscanti

I thought that too, but none of the primetime shows do that anymore. Just changing of the times.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Loved the original, but this was great too. loved hearing that themesong.

Torrey
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Torrey

I was always a hardcore Knots Landing fan, but I watched and it was amazing!!! Every which way you turned, there was treachery and deceit…..it was so damn delicious. Can’t wait til next week! LOL

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL…. “…it was so damn delicious… can’t wait…”

it’s a treat to be giddy about something.

I love this web site…. i laugh… think… enjoy…

am pleased that soaps exist with “us”. OK?

June
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June

I know i am responding late. But I agree with you about Knots Landing. That would be awesome if it came back as well.

Connie Boaz
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Connie Boaz

It was incredible! Writers you guys are awesome. I am so excited it is back and it is good! Thank you!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

That theme song and credits! Fantastic! Instantly familiar and felt right at home. I agree it was better than i expected. The one, minor “fault”… and i agree with ^Iakovos^. “john ross came across as almost too angry…” i agree with your take on his character… perhaps… they shouldn’t have had his girlfriend (Jordanna Brewster)… Christophers’ Ex… not smitten and alligned with him (ie: John Ross needs someone in his corner). This would have made for more interesting story. ie: what matters, is that the rivalry, with john ross and christopher… is believeable. or showing Sue ellen… supporting John ross… Read more »

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

Loved Dallas! However, the young female leads were very bland to me. I don’t see John Ross or Christopher having epic love stories with either one of them. Bring in some new characters for them. John Ross should have some hidden good guy points. I also don’t think JR would have ever slapped his son..ever. Loved hearing the theme song.

shelly
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shelly

Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Great to see the show staying mostly true to history. Yes, I wanted to see the credits in alphabetical order just like the old days. Ray and Lucy’s appearances were all to brief. I love how they’ve showed John R as a bit of a booze hound. Sue Ellen is an alcoholic, and I remember her mentioning in season 4 that her father was as well, so it’s hereditary. Is it possible that his anger issues are due to a mental disorder from fetal alcohol syndrome? I hated that he was so disrespectful to his grandmother’s memory.… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Ooh! Nice, with the… what if Pam finds out about Bobby’s health?

that would be great story… isn’t it something… that Bobby has to “fight” off being in love… and JR… keeps feelings and affection at arms length, at bay… oh sue ellen!

shelly
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shelly

Patrick I thought so too. Brenda Strong is a wonderful actress and I’m liking her character so far. She could SO pull off the emotional strain of worried, insecure wife. What a great story! All the Ewing money can’t buy her piece of mind about losing Bobby to cancer, or to the love of his life. I can’t imagine, with Christopher’s resources and all of the modern technology, Pam can’t be located. LOL, JR has Pam locked away somewhere far, far from Bobby and Southfork.

Patrick
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Patrick

Shelly… she’s a lovely and alluring woman. oye! as stated in above article… she was fierce and protective, in the opener… the way she picked up that double barrell shotgun… told the new bride… you’re married to my son… and the way she emoted over finding out about Bobby’s illness….

geez! throw in your idea.. about Pam finding out… and wishful thinking, her showing up at southfork…. Woah! smelling salt… too much. it’s a big ride and good stuff to act… and brenda Strong already proved she’s ready.

Phil
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Phil

I have not seen the entire show yet, but LOVE what I have seen so far. I really hope it is successful. I would love to see Gary and Val to come back for a visit, so we can get a Knotts Landing revival as well….I can see Val now telling Bobbie that things are getting interesting again on the cul-de-sac and he should come for a visit.

Gloria E
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Gloria E

I have only watched 1/2 but loved what I saw & I was a real Dallas fan back in the day…the new version truly has the feel of the original series with the updated storylines of course, (Christopher’s wanting to provide “green” alternatives) but the underhanded dealings are just as great as the original series..& I love the outside wedding party, just like the BBQ’s of Southfork of the past..I loved the half I saw & can’t wait to view the other half this weekend if I get a chance..

kay/kay
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kay/kay

One thing that would be interesting to bring up is that Jenna Wade had Bobby’s bio son and married Ray and they went off into the sunset I hope we have another visit from Ray but it would be great to bring that up I beleive she called him Lucas!!

JLH
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JLH

I definitely enjoyed it enough to keep watching, but I think there was maybe one too many betrayals/backstabbings/deceptions going on… And I agree that I’d love to see this series do so well that Knotts Landing makes a comeback.

Cindy
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Cindy

I absolutely loved the DALLAS premiere! It so reminded me of the original show with all back stabbing and plot turns coming right out of the starting gate! Can’ wait for this week’s episode! This DALLAS re- do is starting out a total winner!!

angela
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angela

I had my doubts when I heard they were doing a Dallas reboot. It was such a great show I was afraid they wouldn’t do it justice. I watched the premire and I am happy to say I was so wrong. I loved it. I wasn’t 15 minutes into the episode and I was hooked! The writers have done a good job of staying true to the original story but yet handing the reigns over to the next generation. The actors who play John Ross & Christopher are believeable in their roles of their inherited competition. And seeing the original… Read more »

Theresa
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Theresa

I think the ratings speak well for soap opera drama on primetime! Yeah for TnT for being so smart! Take that and shove it ABC!
Dallas is going to take us on an exciting ride!

Kashi
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Kashi

I thought it was fabulous. I don’t care about Pam. She was a weak character and I’ve never been a VP fan. Let Ann and Bobby have a strong marriage and be the moral compass of the show. Would love it if Ray came back on the show as a regular.

Patrick
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Patrick

Tuesday – 06/20/12 FYI. Dallas, the original series premiere… is being offered… FREE. on I-TUNES. I’m pretty sure, this free download… will be good till this coming monday.

no surprise…. i-tunes, is selling the first season episodes…

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m sorry… disregard… it’s from the new season….

ExoticBMWRedheadBenz
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ExoticBMWRedheadBenz

i love it, dallas is such a big hit,classic i watch here and there on regular cable tv, i seen it on CMT,six epie’s and i love it, (june 2012) then regularly watching repeatedly the new ones. i love the girl from Fast and the Furious is a hit in this,as well as mi girl the lovely and very talented,Jordana Brewster,i hope chris ewing,end up with her they are so cute,and i want him with her,the other chick is clearly playing christopher,for the money $ even workin with her own,brother,that is a shame,and i love patrick duffy look great at… Read more »

Paula
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Paula

Loved all the episodes of the new Dallas ..
Now wondering if there will be more episodes to come ..
Tonight is the last one .. August 8th 2012
If anyone has any news on this please post it so we will know …
thanks all…

June
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June

I sure hope Knots Landing comes back as well.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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