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Josh Henderson Previews Tonight's TNT DALLAS Season Finale: "For The First Time Nearly Every Character Is In Danger!"

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After a mind-blowing season of twists and turns, betrayals, seductions, blackmail, and skullduggery, TNT’s Dallas third season comes to a close tonight with its two-hour season finale beginning at9PMET/8CT!  But as has been promoted …  one Ewing will die! But who will it be? And how will it happen?

According to series star Josh Henderson (John Ross), who spoke to TV Line: “We won’t all make it out alive. For the first time, nearly every character is in danger all at once. The stakes have never been higher.”

Henderson also reveals that John Ross finally wants to repair the damage he has done to the Ewing family and their name, but is it too late? Josh shared: “He makes a big decision in the finale, a dangerous one, because he wants to do right. He wants to right his wrongs and make a big move, and that’s exactly what he does in the finale.”

The titles of the two-part episode finale are “Endgame” and “Brave New World”.  The fate of Dallas for a fourth season is yet to be revealed as the numbers have not been killer, so let’s hope this isn’t the “endgame” tonight!

So will you be watching the two-hour season finale to support your soap?  We asked last week, and we will ask one last time before tonight’s big episodes: Which Ewing will die?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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phyllis
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phyllis

love this show. the writers are doing a great job. give us another season and more

phyllis
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phyllis

do not run the show (dallas) against football on monday night

Shelly
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Shelly

Season finale already?? Uggh. What will I watch on Monday night. I love Dallas and I hope it gets renewed. I don’t see Ann or Christopher being killed off. Bobby has already lost Pam and April. John Ross will live; Sue Ellen would never get sober again if she lost him right after JR.

richard
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richard

I cannot wait for this!!! I hope it’s Anne that dies!!!!!!!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Why oh why does TNT and Bravo in Canada put this show on Monday nights, one of the busiest nights for television? It did great as a summer series with no competition– I would have left it there for a few years to build an audience before moving it. I would also ditch the whole split season nonsense. This show doesn’t have enough episodes to warrant a split season–that long pause from the fire to the resolution in August, didn’t create suspense, it just cause people to forget about it. And now there is going to be this cliffhanger ending… Read more »

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

I lost interest in Dallas for that reason…too few episodes and the long split between seasons!!!

Momma
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Momma

Amen. The original “Dallas” even on a short season, delivered 24-26 episodes per season.

What does “Dallas 2.0” deliver? 10? 12?

I feel sorry for folks that think this remake is the bomb. It’s not.

Charday
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Charday

Can’t wait! DALLAS has taken off the last half of season three. Let’s hope season four renewal is right around the corner?!?!?

Beth
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Beth

I loved the original Dallas, and I’ve enjoyed alot of this reboot up till this season, but I have to say, the show is now off the rails. So many people are dying, or almost dying, at the hands of this villain or that one, all of whom are interchangeable. Allies in one scene are enemies in the next. I’ve stopped following all the betrayals, alliances and corporate takeovers or attempted takeovers because there are too many of them in any one episode. The show is a hot mess. I saw tonight’s episodes and I’m not that surprised at who… Read more »

Marilyn P
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Marilyn P

I agree with you 100%. The writers are way off the beam on this. The acting is good, but the plot lines stink for the most part. I began to really like Ryland after learning he was working with the CIA, thought the writers could really run with that ball, but they fumbled with that potential story line. I liked the idea Of John Ross and Christopher working together in the beginning- with some minor riffs here and there, but nothing even remotely close to that ever came about. What’s wrong with making the business, bigger and better by working… Read more »

tom
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tom

watch every dallas show of the old dallas fo years my wife and i and watch all the new dallas shows with, o my god emoitions , please dont stop now.

Heath
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Heath

I have enjoyed the new Dallas. I watched the first Dallas growing up and remembering when JR got shot. I think Bobby makes the show because it seems to make it feel like the original. I miss JR but I think he would be proud to see the show continue. I hope Josh is not dead. That would be stupid!
I liked the show so much the last time I was in Dallas I went South Fork! Neat place. Good luck for forth season.

Shelly
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Shelly

Not my choice of the person to die, but did he really? I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see him come back from the dead…..also, Elaina is pregnant, but maybe not Joaquin’s baby…remember she had sex with John Ross also with the same diaphragm that had holes….hmmmmm…..something to think about till next season. How many episodes did this season have? It seemed like 5 or 6….really? I like the new Dallas, but doesn’t compare to the “old” Dallas..just sayin 🙂

Linda
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Linda

Best season finale ever,always a fan hooked on the old and now the new ,love John Ross.

Carrie
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Carrie

John Ross just moved the “JR Ewing ” Legacy into the stratosphere. What a performance. Gone is the boyish persona . no more sneaking, playing second or standing in shadows. This guy can hold his own. The scene in Mexico with the gun to his head is spunk , charisma , and bravado his Father never had. The set up of who is the father of Elena’s baby will pit John Ross against the very worldly, suave Nicholas … that will require a disciplined set of skills and wit … Very disappointed in Pamela, turning stupid like her father ,… Read more »

Mary hanson
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Mary hanson

LOVE the series LOVE the actors and actress . We actually like this serious better than the old one.
Most action,more puzzles to figure out,love Bobby !!! please continue ASAP

Ann Endrss
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Ann Endrss

What are you people thinking killing off Christopher. Bobby is old, I wanted to see Christopher and John Ross become the new Bobby and JR. Bummer. Christopher was a lot easier on the eye than Bobby. You should have killed him or Sue Ellen off.

All My Children

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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