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DALLAS Season Three Overview and Preview Of Season Premiere!

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Dallas season three is on its way premiering on Monday night, February 24th at 9PMEST, and as a preview TNT has released this official set-up of the new season and what to look for, plus a preview of the  season three premiere!

In story, Dallas stars Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, who is now the senior member of the Ewing family, following the death of his older brother, J.R. Ewing. Linda Gray stars as Sue Ellen Ewing, J.R.’s former wife and the mother of his son, John Ross III (Josh Henderson). Following the death of his revered father, John Ross is out to prove he can be just as powerful an ally or enemy as the infamous J.R., and Sue Ellen is ready to help him any way she can.

Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), Bobby’s adopted son, is still determined to make a name for himself and his family; but he continues to reel after his engagement to Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster) fell through, and the search for his mother ended with news that she died in 1989. Elena, having received important information about the original deed to her father’s land, is now consumed with thoughts of justice for previous wrongs against her family, including her brother, Drew (Kuno Becker), and mother, Carmen (Marlene Forte), the Southfork Ranch housekeeper. To find that justice, Elena has turned to an old childhood friend, Nicolas Treviño, played by new cast member Juan Pablo Di Pace, who most recently starred in the series Camp.

The Ewings’ chief nemesis, Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), has done everything he can to bring the Ewing family down. But when an attempt to sabotage a Ewing oil rig resulted in injuring his daughter, Pamela Barnes (Julie Gonzalo), and killing her and Christopher’s unborn twins, Cliff suddenly found his daughter turning against him. Having helped the Ewings gain a controlling interest in Barnes Global, Pamela is now determined to find a happy ending with her new husband, John Ross, and make a home for herself on Southfork Ranch. Cliff, meanwhile, awaits trial for the murder of J.R., of which he has been accused.

Bobby’s wife, Ann (Brenda Strong), continues to battle with Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi), her scheming ex-husband who is now in jail for drug smuggling. Ann also continues to build a relationship with her daughter, Emma (Emma Bell), a sheltered beauty who has teamed up with John Ross to stir up trouble for her father, Harris. Things become even more difficult for Ann with the return of Harris’ controlling mother, Judith (Judith Light).

The third season of Dallas will introduce viewers to Heather, a 20-something ranch hand and single mother, played by AnnaLynne McCord, who was recently seen as Naomi Clark on 90210. When Heather’s ex-husband returns, bringing turmoil back into her life and the life of her 5-year-old son, Christopher steps in to help.

Now on the February 24th the episode aptly titled, “The Return”, TNT previews,  “Season 3 kicks off with the Ewings on top, having vanquished Cliff Barnes (guest star Ken Kercheval) and taken over his company. The Ewings are united, with Sue Ellen planning a wedding for John Ross and Pamela. But solidarity among them can only last for so long. John Ross quickly gets into conflict with Bobby over their joint ownership of Southfork Ranch, while also putting his marriage at risk as he enters into an illicit liaison with Emma. Meanwhile, Christopher’s relationship with Elena seems irreparable as Elena returns to Dallas with her own secret agenda for justice. As the betrayals mount, the arrival of a mysterious stranger puts everyone’s plans at risk. ”

So what are you looking forward to most in season three when Dallas returns in just a few weeks? Let us know!

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Sheryl
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Sheryl

Can’t wait to see what happens on Dallas with all the new story lines and the new cast members,it sounds very exciting.

Patrick
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Patrick

There really IS a dynamic between John Ross and Christopher

the Dallas casting really scored with these two actors… they feed of off each other so well…. it’s OK to say it’s reminiscent of JR and Bobby

hey… this is a new era

I so love Sue Ellen and Bobby… and the rest of the cast + Cliff Barnes

I’m ready to Dallas

I’m so impressed that this is season 3

Deb
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Deb

Huge fan of the original Dallas! I love this one just as much. Maybe more!! Looking forward to whatever John Ross is up to. He’s just like JR! What a great character !! Great show!

Rodd
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Rodd

Love this show! Looking forward to its return.

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

Two great primetime soaps ~~ Dallas and Downton Abbey. Both extraordinary in their own way. Dallas, which I L O V E for its power, schemes, lust and memories. I just want to see Larry Hagman’s dream carried on and continue to be a hit. More action, lust and conniving with some occasional family caring in it (so we know they are still human). Oh and some special appearances from some of the old cast once in awhile. Love Dallas!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Cliff…even if he goes to prison or not…did not kill J.R…J.R. knew he was dieing and had it set up to look as if he had been murdered just to frame Cliff…J.R. had to pull one last scheme…imo!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well that isn’t an opinion that was last year’s final show– J.R’s master plan– J.R. had his friend Bum steal Cliff’s gun and his friend killed him with it. – Bobby and the John Ross followed through on the master plan and planted the rest of the evidence to frame Cliff– and they fill in Christopher at the grave site near the end of the finale last season– saying the only one who could take down JR was JR himself– is any of this ringing any bells? I know you have some memory problems, so just letting you know where… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I kinda remember that(but i just couldnt recall how the show ended exactly) I shouldve went back and reread old posts…thats what my doctor told me one of the things to do to help me with my memory lapses but im glad you reminded me…thanks!!!

Tom
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Tom

“In story, Dallas stars Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, who is now the senior member of the Ewing family, following the death of his older brother, J.R. Ewing.”

Well, I know this is obviously a reference to contract players, but both Gary and Ray are older than Bobby. LOL

SZima
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SZima

I didn’t watch Season 2 of the show. Does anyone know where I can watch those episodes short of buying the DVD?

Dijoy
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Dijoy

They are streaming on Netflix now!!

Charday
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Charday

Looking forward to the return of DALLAS.

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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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