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Jesse Metcalfe On DALLAS Finale & A Victoria Principal Return: "It's Possibly Going to Happen for Season Three, But Not Season Two!"



Jesse Metcalfe (Christopher Ewing) visited Access Hollywood Live to discuss the upcoming Dallas season finale next Monday night, what fans can expect when they learn who killed J.R.,  what it was like working with the late Larry Hagman (J.R.) and the question on everyone’s mind, is Victoria Principal returning as Christopher’s mother, Pam for the finale?

Right up front, Metcalfe was asked by Access Hollywood hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, if Pam is back for the finale and he related, “It’s a possibility for Season 3, but, it’s not gonna happen in Season 2!”.   That may be surprising for many to hear, in light of Bush recalling seeing a woman on this weeks episode whose chin bears the resemblance to Victoria Principal’s!

As fans of the show know, Christopher got a call from a bank in Switzerland about a woman believed to be his mother, and he exited the episode on the way to see if the woman in the hat and sunglasses really is her.  “Christopher definitely explores that lead. He takes off to Zurich, Switzerland, to find out if that is in fact his mother,” Jesse said.

As to what is going to go down on the two-hour TNT finale, Jesse revealed, “A lot unfolds as part of J.R.’s master plan. It’s all kind of surrounding his murder, and part of that mystery is possibly finding my mother and getting her shares of Barnes Global so we can possibly take over that company.”

Watch Jesse’s Access Hollywood Live interview after the jump, and let us know if you think Victoria Principal is still going to make an appearance on the finale, or if you do believe Metcalfe? And who do you think killed J.R?  Let us know!

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  1. Carole

    April 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I believe in miracles!

    • Barbara t loves One life to live

      April 12, 2013 at 6:58 am

      I believe in miracles to, But I don’t want her breaking up Anne and Bobby.

    • Terry

      April 13, 2013 at 12:27 am

      I hope it is the original Pam. Victoria Principle 🙂 I love this show! Revenge is another great great show!

  2. jimh

    April 12, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I made guesses b4 from a possible Kristen return to finishing him off to J.R. staging his own death(he was secretly dieing?) to just frame one of his enemies but i really dont want to know at this point. I like the suspense of not knowing, and waiting for seaon 3!

    • jimh

      April 12, 2013 at 3:29 am

      But i still hope for a Pam return no matter who plays her!

  3. Moshane58

    April 12, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I just love this show….Would love to Pamela come back.

  4. Joshua

    April 12, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Come on Metcalfe, don’t go teasing us die-hard fans with promises you can’t keep. You weren’t even alive when “Dallas” premiered in 1978 so it’s unlikely you know the gravity and importance of Pamela’s presence even if you watched the DVD’s a million times over.

    As for Victoria Principal herself, she recently stated that she would never return to this version of “Dallas” and that her May, 1987 car crash put an exclamation mark on the end of Pamela Barnes Ewing.

    If Pam comes back, it will be a re-cast and sadly it will probably be an actress in her 40’s or early-50’s and not Pam’s true age … early-60’s. Hollywood is so ageist.

    • k/kay

      April 12, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Joshua I agree VP was Pam and if you can’t convince her to come out of retirement then leave it alone. Here is a thought send FV/GH/EP to ask her he has a way of pulling them out of mothballs.

  5. Max

    April 12, 2013 at 7:41 am

    As Chandler would say “Can this show be any better”??? Loving Dallas!!!

  6. Dmitri

    April 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Great show! Hope she comes back, but I wamt Amne with Bobby

  7. Charday

    April 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Loving the new DALLAS and can’t wait for tonight’s season finale. Has it been officially announced that DALLAS has been renewed for season three???

  8. Vonda

    April 16, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Victoria Princpal has said on numerous occasions that she will not reprise her role as Pam Ewing. So unless she has a change of heart (and they change the story line that *******************SPOILERS***************************************************

    Pam didn’t die many years ago from cancer. She’s not going to show up.

  9. Sue

    May 1, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Would absolutely love to see Pam (VP) come back! It would serve extremely well with an Anne/Bobby twist as well as another twist with the Barnes & Ewing fued. VP was great in that role and would be difficult to see anyone else in it! Come on Victoria please come back! Though I do like Anne and Bobby together! Can you imagine Cliff turning to Pam to help him gain back control of Barnes Global…..oh the things that can be done with this story line and her return.

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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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