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DALLAS Renewed Already For A Second Season by TNT!

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Fantastic news!  TNT’s reboot of Dallas which had had stellar cable ratings over the past three weeks of its first season debut, already got picked up by the network for a season two!  Can you say, “Bonafide Hit?”

In a press release today TNT programming president Michael Wright announced that the Dallas has been given the orders for another 15 episodes that will debut in 2013! So far, the show is averaging 6.9 million viewers for its first season.

Wright stated, “Dallas has been a success for us on every level: pitch-perfect writing, smart directing and buzz-worthy performances by a new generation of stars and their iconic counterparts. With Dallas’ top-flight ratings, robust growth through time-shifted viewing and the extensive online buzz, it’s clear the Ewings of Southfork have once again captured the imagination of viewers.”

So look for more dysfunctional family drama, just like us soapers, like it!  What do you think of the quick renewal pick-up? Do you think it gives hope that the soaps are going to have a true resurgence on primetime?  Will the rumored Dynasty reboot be next in line?

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  1. brian

    June 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    so happy to see a reboot working….

    who is going to the successful network that reboots “One Life To Live” ???

    yes, i am still hopeful… everyone wait some 20 odd years for “Dallas”, and i will be there if and when it happens for “One Life To Live”

    • barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

      June 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      I hope it will be sooner then 20 years.

    • susan M.

      June 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      So will I !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • MBmomof3

      July 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Great idea!

  2. Rodd

    June 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Fantastic news! Smart people there at TNT, eh?

  3. toscanti

    June 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Adam

    June 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    ok, reboot Knots Landing….this was the real show with a great cast and it was drama!

    • jenny

      July 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

      But Knots Landing was never as good once Donna Mills aka Abby left so if they bring it back make sure Abby returns!

      Or food for thought-how about Abby pays a visit to new Dallas? Would love to see JR and Abby go a few rounds LOL!

      • barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

        July 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

        That’s a good Idea, I would love to see her shake things up. However I never liked that she went after Gary when he was with Valene.

      • jenny

        July 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

        It may have been wrong for Abby to go after Gary but you gotta admit the Abby/Gary/Val triangle spiced up KL in a BIG way. The show was good before, but that triangle made it must-see tv.

        And besides I liked Abby over wishy-washy eternal v ictim Val always!

      • Patrick

        July 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        Barbara t. – wasn’t that horrible… to see Valene struggle… with Abby? Oye! Course, Gary, “being” a “man”… couldn’t fight off Abby….

        Gosh! it was a something… knot’s … to see.. Valene with best friend Karen… go head to heads with Abby… Donna Miss, all her own… never saw nothing, like her…. a force…. even delectable then Joan Collins.

        the one couple that i really liked… the down to earth.. not caught up in the oil riches.. was Donna and Ray.
        The story that held me captive… was Valenes missing twins… .and the return of her babies.. ala Donna.

      • jenny

        July 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        Well Gary was a weakling from day one. Part of why I never was a real big KL fan was the two core characters, Gary and Val were both such big weaklings!

        Gary was nowhere as strong as Bobby or JR-hell even Ray had more strength than him!

        And Val all she did was whine over Gary-what she saw in him was beyond me with his drinking and cheating all the time. But then Val was no prize herself always being a victim and rarely really fighting back.

        It may sound mean but I cheered Abby mowing both of em down LOL! And Abby wasn’t in love with Gary, I never deluted myself on that. I knew she wanted his money and power and I loved watching her in action!

        But Abby had one redeeming quality and that was her love for her children. Remember how Abby single-handedly fought to get her daughter, Olivia off drugs?

        And Abby did feel remore over the twins with Val and even played a role in getting them back to her.

  5. david

    June 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Almost 7 million viewers is impressive. If only OLTL could follow after Dallas.

    • barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

      June 30, 2012 at 5:15 am

      Wouldn’t that be nice.

  6. Patrick

    June 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I’m ecstatic! for Dallas… the actors, and fans, alike. Any soap formatted show, be it, prime time, or daytime.. works.. and is a clear indicator…that soaps have a life on television. i just finished.. episodes 2 and 3.. and my first thought.. is… JR.. is JR! he hasn’t lost his touch.

    my favorite scene… was when he was with Ann… telling her about… how he couldn’t stand..how Miss Ellie and Bobby were so close… and he spent most of his life… “hating” Bobby…. and told Ann it was a lot of wasted years. and JR, shared.. how, Daddy, plucked JR up, and steered him to become the head of Ewing oil… and Miss Ellie snatched Bobby up… So, you could see, how the two brothers… past present and future.. belies….who, and what, they’ve become.

    now, that, we know…. and they, the writers, and actors, know… they’re coming back… let’s get more guest stars of old… and please… show more Sue ellen.

  7. jenny

    June 30, 2012 at 12:50 am

    between this and hearing GH is safe for now (it got OLTL’s old 2 pm timeslot) I am in soap opera hog heaven LOL!

    Also hearing rumors that Kirsten Storms may be on her way back as Maxie makes me happy since I loathe the current actress and want a Spixie reunion but only with KS!

    Plus I read in Soaps In Depth Kimberly McCullough signed up for ABC’s directing program and said if it can be worked out where she directs and can do GH at same time, she would definitely agree to come back! Here’s hoping something can be worked out on that one!

    Anyway I loved original Dallas and am currently collecting it on dvd (up to season 9 so far). Love the new one and am thrilled it is a big hit. Now lets bring more of the original cast on more regularly like Lucy and Ray and please move heaven and earth to bring Victoria Principal back as Pam! I am sure Ann is nice but I want my Pam and Bobby dammit!

    • Patrick

      June 30, 2012 at 11:18 am

      LOL… Here, Here! We need some good SECURE news… our soaps… will.. persevere… networks… preserve what belongs! SERIALS.

      Kirsten Storms… IS SO ADOREABLE. I’m glad, Jen Lilly… made the role, hers.. in the the interim…. she surprised me…. after all the melee. she surprised, me, when she married Matt… and Matt, manned up and went to Prison… wasn’t maxie funny when asked, where’s her husband… she says.. he’s in a government position… something to that affect… and blurted out prison… I’ll miss Matt…

      although, Patricks prescription…”plan”… totally, took me by surprise… he’s (?) going to crash and burn? with Maxie, picking up the pieces?

      Lucky you.. with the collection of the original Dallas…. I SO WISH I HAD ALL OF KNOT’S LANDING… now that would be hog heaven.. for me…

      NEW DAYS FANS! PLEASE tune in when the formidable… Ms. Eileen Davidson… RETURNS TO DOOL… as Kristen DeMira…. The Phoenix’ daughter… now that’s enticement enough….. high brow drama permeates John and Marlena’s consciousness.

      • Patrick

        June 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

        I have to mention… Spinelli, telling Maxie off….. I’m done!…. doorMATTing for you… WAITING! that was heartbreaking… the look in Jen Lilly’s face.. was believeable.

        wow… kirsten. has missed alot.

      • jenny

        June 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm

        First off I can’t stand Jen Lilley as Maxie especially during Robin’s death she grated on my nerves throwing that fit at Robin’s funeral. And wearing that red dress too! How tacky and insensative can she be?

        I will welcome KS back with open arms cause JL clearly had zippo chemistry with BA and that why Spixie is done…for now. If KS returns I definitely see a Spixie reunion coming.

        And Spinelli did have ever right to tell Maxie off after she treated him like dirt when he went all out to clear her name and get her out of prison.

        And let’s not forget Spinelli has never waivered loving Maxie whereas she cheated on him!

        On different note, I want Robin back-and not just to give Scrubs a happy ending either. I think Kimberly is realizing now she can do both directing and be on GH if the workload is balanced evenly. I hope TPTB move heaven and earth to make this happen!

      • jenny

        June 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

        Oh and btw nothing could ever entice me back to Days-I quit that show way back in the 90s when John and Marlena slept together when Isabella was barely dead in her grave. And they focked no less on a table in a conference room while a party was going on just outside the door. And FYI Marlena was married to and living under the same roof as Roman when this happened, that sanctimonious hobag! And to cap things off, poor Sami accidentally walked in and saw them going at it on the table. Is it any wonder for years Sami hated Mommy Dearest?

        As for now, with Peter Reckell leaving that seals any glimmer of me ever looking at Days again. Bo and Hope were the couple that hooked me in the first place and to see them end is stomping on any last bit of Days love I have left.

        Plus I don’t look at all the character names and don’t even recognize most of them. If I were to watch (and I sure as hell won’t) it wouldn’t be returning to an old favorite, it would be watching a whole new show! And sorry I not interested!

  8. ethel

    June 30, 2012 at 3:24 am

    AWESOME!!!!!

  9. BenjamanT

    June 30, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Now maybe they’ll explore the mystery of Pamela’s disappearance. Would be nice to see Pam and Ann face off. This has quickly become my fav night-time show!

    • jenny

      June 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Oh bring it on! Ann is too saintly for my taste! Pam could be at times but she knew how to fight back too! She at least once gave JR a good smackdown and she also gave one to her psycho bitch sister Katherine when she learned Katherine wrote the letter to Bobby that made him ask Pam for a divorce. And Pam also knew how to keep Cliff in line too! Pam is direly needed back for so many reasons I can’t keep count!

      • barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

        July 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

        I never liked when she went with that Mark Graison either, I hope tptb try to talk pam into coming back, I hear she is still saying no.

    • barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

      June 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      That would be interesting, I don’t know about a Pam, Anne, face off, it looks like Bobby and anne have been married for a while, Pam would look like a fool trying to start something there, anne is a very strong Character, a character that won’t take no crap off anyway, did you see her load up that rifle? I still would like to see Pam show up at South Fork to see her son and Explain why she left and why she never stayed in touch at least to see that her son was alright.

      • Benjaman

        July 1, 2012 at 6:55 am

        I think of Pam as being Bobby’s great love. They fought to stay together for a long time and against a terrific opposing force — JR. I remember being very disappointed when she was with Mark Graison – it changed the tone of the series for me.

    • barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

      June 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      oops, Take no crap off anyone.

    • Iakovos

      July 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Let Pam go. She made a choice to leave and let’s accept that. DALLAS is in the day opted not for a recast. I think having Christopher always deal with the loss of his mother by abandonment is a great character motivator.

      • BenjamanT

        July 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        According to Wikipedia:

        Pam made a brief appearance in the 12th season premiere, with a different appearance due to plastic surgery (which also doubled as an explanation for Margaret Michaels portraying the role rather than Victoria Principal). She reveals to her brother Cliff that she is happy in her new life and plans to marry her doctor. Later, after Cliff leaves, her fiance asks why she didn’t tell Cliff that she has a terminal disease and only has a year to live. Though this was the character’s final appearance in the series, Pam has never been declared dead on the show.[43]

        That doesn’t sound a case like a case of disappearance to me — so I assume some rewriting has occurred.

  10. Phil

    July 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I WANT a KNOTTS reboot!!! That being said, I am loving DALLAS, and thrilled to see it succeed…now, please more Sue Ellen!

    • gloria

      November 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Knots Landing coming back would be so wonderful. I Love Knots landing.

  11. Dmitri

    July 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Great news for a great show

  12. jp

    July 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I am so glad. Dallas is on fire. Now I am hoping OLTL is not far behind. If I remember correctly, PP has til Jan. to do something with OLTL. It would be the perfect opportunity for TNT to pick up another show focused around a family from Texas…The Buchanans. Long live One Life To Live.

  13. MBmomof3

    July 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Love it! Great news!

  14. LLATWTFan

    July 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Enjoying Dallas! So glad it’s been renewed! Hope Cliff Barnes gets more screen time.

  15. radical delusion

    July 5, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Fantasmagoric! But i never had a doubt. I predicted this exact scenario, down to the network when the original series ended. Hopefully Ms. Principal, who as we know, does not need to act for money, will see the success and quality of the writing and production of the continuation and come back at least to recur. I think it would be great to have pam back as a regular and all the storylines around chris’ abandonment issues. However, I doubt Victoria has the time with all her businesses, so hopefully a recurring role (at least 25-50 % of the episodes) could be worked out. What I DO NOT want to see is a 2 episode quick “tie up” of pam’s loose ends just so she can never come back or come back once year for ratings sweeps.

  16. mrswillieg

    July 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I AM LOVING DALLAS! I WOULD LOVE TOO SEE FALCON CREST RETURN <3

  17. Radical Delusion

    August 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Just watched the scene where Cliff sees Pam (played by Margaret Michaels) for the last time. Considering the fact that the actress had never played the role before and did just one seen, I think it was as good of a recast as any I’ve ever seen. Anyone who has ever watched a daytime soap knows that an actor taking over an already-established role usually takes a few months to fully “settle in.” That being said, I feel that if Victoria Principal will not return to “Dallas,” the producers should consider Margaret Michaels. As much as I love the new show and think the writing is great, there is a void and that void is Pam’s abscence. To me, the original show was never the same after she left (they managed to keep the same feel for one season after because bobby’s search for her was prevalent so her presence was still felt in the storylines) and the “resurrection” is lacking her as well. I don’t want some 2 episode “wrap-up” either, which would be insulting. She needs to come back either full-time, part-time, or for at least a 4 episode arc with the possibility of future return.

  18. Larry

    August 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Love the new Dallas. I certainly hope the don’t screw it up by having Knots characters on. Gary makes sense but Val is to ugly to appear.

    • Sammi

      August 25, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      I agree! Joan Van Ark looks like Herman Munster without the sex appeal!

      • Keck

        August 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        That’s mean! Plus she doesn’t look like Herman Munster! She looks like a tranny in a fright wig!

      • Patty

        January 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        How DARE you she is a great actress and wonderful person! …Who just happens to look like she was beat in the face with a shovel. Truthfully she was ugly before the plastic surgery – Donna Mills was far more interesting and attractive.

    • June

      November 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

      I dont agree, Valene and Gary are the best. I hope they bring Knots Landing back, It would make the show even better. KNOTS LANDING RULES

      • Chris

        March 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

        Your wrong – Joan Van Ark is a hideous granny clown who should only appear on camera in total darkness and not on Dallas. She appeared in only a handful of Dallas episodes and was the least important character to appear. Dora Mae was more important to the plot! If Val must be on the role should be recast with Iggy Pop.

  19. gloria

    November 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Please Please Please BRING BACK KNOTSLANDING There was nothing like it……

    • Joel

      March 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Well they wouldn’tbe able to afford all the main cast so they would need to narrow it to Abby Gary and Karen. Val isn’t. necessary – she was always dull. Abby is far more interesting and still looks attractive. Joan looks like an ugly horsefaced hag.

  20. June

    November 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Glad the night soaps are coming back. This is what we need. We need knots landing toooooooooo.

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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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