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DALLAS Watercooler Moment Of The Week: Judith Ryland (As Played By Judith Light) Snorts Cocaine!

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Thus far, the soap shocker of the week it didn’t happen on daytime, but on TNT’s Dallas this past Monday night!  On the episode, it was the highly anticipated return of two-time Daytime Emmy and Tony winner Judith Light in the role of the deplorable Judith Ryland!

But what went down in the scenes featuring the incredible Light was a true watercooler moment! So much so that today, EW.com is featuring it with the video of the juicy scene where Judith Ryland meets with with a drug cartel in Mexico to assure them that she is handling the family transport business now and not her son, Harris.

The scene begins where Judith and Harris (Mitch Pileggi) go to a some rodeo to meet the cartel.  Once there to assure them she is not wired, she allows the head honcho to literally feel her up and frisk her!  Then she insists on product testing … the cocaine they are smuggling in the family transport business!  Not only does Ms. Ryland snort one line, but a second one, and then kinda seductively rubs the coke around her gums in front of the cartel guy!

As  a preview to Judith Light’s return for season three, Dallas showrunner Cynthia Cidre remarked that her return would be, “bigger, badder and more delicious than ever!”  And as of this week, it certainly has lived up to it!  Make sure to watch the clip!  Then let us know what you thought of the scene and Light’s performance!

 

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  1. garnet mcgee

    March 5, 2014 at 10:49 am

    what a delicious moment. Judith Ryland used to annoy me but now I’ve fallen in love with her character.

    • diane

      March 5, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Although she is rotten to the core I too like her a lot more after last night episode then I did last season. Only wish we could have watch her and J.R. fight it out. Still can’t stand her son tho, even if he’s not as bad as we thought

  2. Scott (ATWT Fan)

    March 5, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Judith is amazing on this show. S3 is heaps better than last. I only hope they keep it and Judith going!

  3. su0000

    March 5, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    This season of Dallas is top of the dramas !

  4. Llanviewer717

    March 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    That scene absolutely blew me away. Judith Light is fantastic.

  5. Rose

    March 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    My water cooler moment was when Judith was under the strip search. This is when Harris found out what Mom was really made of. Great acting.

    • davlestev1

      March 6, 2014 at 1:49 am

      HILARIOUS SCENE…LMAO..AND SQUIRMING LIKE EEEWWW

  6. brian

    March 5, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Hmmm Erica Slezak would fit in nicely too.

    • davlestev1

      March 6, 2014 at 1:51 am

      I agree..Miss Ellie’s long lost given up for adoption sister. With a Jock temperament!!

  7. JLH

    March 5, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I agree–great scene. This was the first episode JL’s character actually interested me, too.

  8. jaybird369

    March 5, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    As an actress, Judith Light TRULY ROCKS!!!!!

  9. wolfsmistress

    March 6, 2014 at 12:35 am

    The only thing that upsets me about Judith Light being Mitch Pileggi’s mom is that she’s only two years older than he is, not 18-20 years older! But she sure plays the heck out of that part! Just wish she had an “age-appropriate” man playing her “son.”

    Why the damned double standard for women in Hollywood?!?
    wolfy

  10. Faye

    April 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I think Judith Light is great in this role but it’s hard to believe
    Mitch is her son since they are really the same age!

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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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