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‘Dallas’ star Ken Kercheval Dead At Age 83

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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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RIP, Ken. I think I speak for all of us when I say that you were the best on Dallas!!!

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he was, inarguably, the best actor outside of thee … Ewing Clan. his shenanigans, however much the writing slighted his demeanor. never stopped us from watching Cliff Barnes. watching JR and Cliff, adversarial … was like watching oil and water… yet the two never skipped a beat when it came to one upping takeover plotting conniving AND whatever was shared with both of these two sons from their respective family. He kept coming back… AND for very good reason… Ken Kercheval was as solid as they come. Near tour de force , supporting AND sharing the spotlight with all the… Read more »

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Thanks for reporting this–I hadn’t seen it anywhere else! He was a favorite on both the original and reboot DALLAS. Rest in Peace.

Charday
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What I remember best about his acting style on DALLAS is that his character always had unique reactions in almost every scene he was in. His acting choices were frequently a bit unexpected, but it fit his character. What an incredible talent!

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As one who fondly looks back to those heady days when the uber-popular Dallas and its happenings were a part of the country’s (okay, world’s) daily conversation, it’s impossible to imagine the show without its “ultimate loser,” Cliff Barnes as JR’s perennial whipping post! In the hands of a lesser actor, this character could have been a total laughing stock and completely pathetic fool, but Kercheval made him human, and even occasionally, worthy of sympathy. Although I admit I had little use for Cliff, his “underdog shtick” and his endlessly obsessive need to best JR and the Ewing clan, Ken… Read more »

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You always say it perfectly…

Shay
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Shay

Thank you so much, Jimh! You are always such a sweetheart …❤️

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Ken and Larry will always be the best ever for nighttime dramas. I will always remember watching Dallas on Friday nights. And you could add Jane Wyman in Falcon Crest and Michele Lee of Knots Landing to that best list. Thanks Ken for bringing the best to Dallas!

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So sorry prayers out to family and friends. Great show. Wish they would run Dallas back on TV again. Was the most watch show back then. Cliff enjoyed watching you.

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Exciting news for The Young and the Restless, Sasha Calle (Lola).  The young actress was chosen from over 425 other performers who auditioned for the role of Supergirl.

With her casting, Sasha will star in the upcoming Warner Brothers feature, The Flash and become the first Latina Supergirl ever chosen for a DC Universe role.

According to Deadline: The Flash director Andy Muschietti watched all the auditions along with DC Films boss Walter Hamada and the producers, was blown away by the actress’ toughness and vulnerability that she brought to the role adding, “I saw more than four hundred auditions. The talent pool was truly amazing and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role.”

Calle will follow in the footsteps of Helen Slater who played Supergirl in the 1984 Warner Bros movie, Melissa Benoist who played the part on the on the TV series for 126 episodes.

The Young and the Restless tweeted out huge congrats to their cast member stating: “Huge Congrats to our “Supergirl” @SashaCalle”

Word is that Calle will join the production of The Flash soon to begin her new role.  No word yet on what will happen to the character of Lola on Y&R.

Watch the moment below when Sasha is told by director Andy Muschietti she has the part!

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ Raises $130,565 For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS In Four Day Streaming Event

Last week, ABC Daytime fans were thrilled to see some of the archival footage and performances from the ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares benefit concerts by those who were once in the mighty soap programming block that included: All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. 

While only GH remains, viewers still loved seeing many of their favorites perform in the streaming event, ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which featured footage from those events that ran from 2005-2011 in front of a live audience in New York City.

The 2021 online event, which kicked-off on February 11th and streamed for four days, featured new content with daytime favorites including: Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Anthony Geary, Kelly Ripa and more, plus performances from the past benefits, and an original dance performance from Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) on the set of GH.

John Dietrich, who directed each of the ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares concerts, wrote and directed the stream. It was presented in partnership with ABC Owned Television Stations’ websites around the country with support from Good Morning America and The View.

According to Broadway World, in total, the ABC Daytime Back on Broadway event raised $130,565. The streaming total includes a matching donation of $50,000 made by Broadway Cares supporters The Dream Alliance.  Now, when combined with the seven-year run of the annual concerts, the ABC Daytime stars have raised $2,020,565 for Broadway Cares.

As part of the event week, Michael Fairman chatted with former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) about her performances over the years at the event, her role of Lindsay and her on-screen feud with Nora (Hillary B. Smith), and more.  You can watch it below.

What did you think of the ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway streaming event? Did you enjoy seeing the performances? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, The Kelly Clarkson Show Among Those in Running For Best Hair and Make-Up For Guild Awards

Nominations were announced on Thursday for the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (IATSE Local 706) Awards in the fields of motion picture and television.

Guild winners will be announced on April 3rd.

In the category of Daytime Television: Best Hair Styling nominations went to the following teams:

The Bold and the Beautiful Lisa Long, Danielle Spencer, Lauren Larsen, Christina Joseph

The Kelly Clarkson Show Roberto Ramos, Tara Copeland

The Young and the Restless Adriana Lucio, Lauren Mendoza, Regina Rodriquez. Jackie Zavala

The Real Roberta Gardener-Rogers, Rachel Mason, Ray Dobson, Noogie Thai

Dr. Phil “From Tech Genius to Unmotivated Mess” Mimi Vodnoy Love, Annette Jones

In the category of Daytime Television: Best Make-Up nominations went to the following teams:

The Bold and the Beautiful Christine Lai Johnson, Stacey Alfano, James Elle

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Dionne Wynn

The Kelly Clarkson Show Jason McGlothin, Gloria Elias-Foeillet, Chanty LaGrana, John Foster

The Real Melanie Mills, Glen Alen Gutierrez, Motoko Honjo-Clayton

The Young and the Restless Patricia Denney, Kathy Jones, Laura Schaffer, Kelsey Collin

You can view all the nominees here.

So which daytime shows do you think should win Best Hair Styling and Make-Up from the nominees? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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