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Julie Gonzalo On DALLAS Upcoming Season Finale! Is Pam On Her Way Back?

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Hard to believe but this coming Monday already marks the season two finale of TNT’s DALLAS, and it looks like it will rock the house!

Julie Gonzalo (Pamela Barnes Ewing) chatted with EW.com about the shocking Vegas wedding of Pamela to John Ross (Josh Henderson), and what it could mean leading up to the season closer.  There is that big question, is Victoria Principal going to show up and be revealed by the end of the two-hour finale?   Here are some thoughts from Gonzalo!

Gonzalo on what she thought when she saw the script that Pamela would marry John Ross so soon after losing her babies in the rig explosion:  “At first, I was like, ‘That’s so soon,’ but now I’m like, ‘That’s awesome. They’re brilliant.’ They’re a great duo and really complement each other. I don’t think it’s happily ever after for these two, at all. I think the fun has just started.”

Gonzalo on Monday’s cliffhanger where we will find out who killed J.R and if Victoria Principal returns! “The ending is like, ‘Holy s—, this is amazing.’  I think the writers have outdone themselves.”

Gonzalo explains  also explains there was no pre-nup between John Ross and Pamela that sets up future story: “That was the point of the marriage, so he can now own Barnes Global, but what he doesn’t know is, oh wait, I own Southfork now.  That’s what I keep teasing Josh about. He’s like, ‘Well, I own Barnes Global,’ and I’m like, ‘Yes, and I own Southfork.’”

OK DALLAS fans, what do you think will happen on Monday’s two-hours season finale? Do you think Victoria Principal, will finally be back and revealed to have killed J.R.?  Do you think she had nothing to do with his murder?  Has she just been in hiding?  Or, do you think its all a big tease and she isn’t going to be on the finale?  And what about the “quickie” marriage of John Ross and Pamela?  Let us know your thoughts!

 

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  1. jimh

    April 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Hope Pam does comeback…VP or recast…i still would like to think J.R. staged his own death to look like one of his enemies did it(J.R. couldve secretly learned he had a fatal illness, and didnt want his enemies to have the last laugh) However it turns out, i cant wait to see the season finale!!!

  2. Gillian

    April 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I love John Rise & Pam together. The writers struck gold with this storyline and the smoking chemistry between these two actors. I want a third season, TNT. Dallas is an awesome show! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

  3. jon

    April 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I don’t think Principal is at all interested in returning…..but I sure hope she does, although not as a villainess.

  4. James McDonald

    April 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Victoria Principal has already said publicly she will not return to play “Pam Ewing” and that she doesn’t want to ruin the original story of Bobby & Pam. I think if Victoria was to return and did show up on the set, it would have been big news all over the internet and the ratings would have gone up. With no guarantee of a third season for Dallas yet, why would Victoria Principal show up on the set just to appear for a few seconds?

  5. AJ

    April 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

    It would be fitting if Pam killed JR.. to have some random character that nobody cares about wouldn’t do it justice. The history between the two is so strong, it’s the only way it could be.. but we’ll see. I think VP is committed to her self-imposed retirement.. it’d be great if she was back on the show, but I don’t think so.

  6. Madamhummingburd

    April 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

    DAMN I love this show too death! It’s just as good as the original sow if not better @ times. I do miss JR though, but he left us John Ross. Gosh JR’s son is AMAZING! He is most def making it Daddy proud. I’m long the HELL out of John Ross & Pamela too. Julie is right. They are BRILLIANT couple. Beautiful, passionate & dangerous force together. Their union is going to be an awesome thing to watch unfold. It’s will be explosive in good ways & bad. The marriage won’t be an easy one, but I believe their soul mates. Like John Ross’s parents are. I just hope John Ross & Pamela are able to work through their issues a lot smarter then his parents. As we see from JR passing, life is just too DAMN short to not fight for true love. If you don’t it maybe too late. Here’s to the new JR & Sue Ellen. May John Ross & Pamela make their marriage work for the sake of true love sooner then later of course. CHEERS!

  7. Cr8z13

    April 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I’ve been thoroughly impressed by how flipping good this show is. The cast and writers could not be better.

  8. Rozeena

    April 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Am so glad Pamela and John Ross got together, best pairing since JR and Sue Ellen, there will be fireworks.

  9. Joshua

    April 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Victoria Principal is NOT coming back, folks. She recently stated that her 1987 appearance put a punctuation mark on the end of Pamela Barnes Ewing.

    A re-cast? Blah. That happened in 1988 and didn’t go over so well.

  10. Mel

    April 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I am totally in LOVE with John Ross and Pamela!! The show really struck gold when they paired them together. Josh Henderson and Julie Gonzalo are both amazing actors and have the most electrifying chemistry. Like Julie said the characters are so similar and have the potential to be the power couple for many years to come. To me they’re the best couple on tv period right now. I am loving the new Dallas and I haven’t been this excited about a show in years thanks to these two!!

  11. H. Parson

    April 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I think the woman shown in the picture at the Bank was Cliff’s half sister .. Katherine Wentworth.

    If I remember correctly .. Katherine is wanted for murder (and other misdeeds) .. so, it’s Katherine that’s been living under an assumed name .. not Pamela.

    Cliff hated Katherine .. but .. he found a way to work with her .. as in .. she gave him her shares of Barnes Global in exchange for Cliff financing her lifestyle as a fugitive from the law .. and in return .. she’s keeping silent about Pamela being dead.

    I think this is how Cliff came to be so powerful .. and in total charge of Barnes Global (he has his shares .. Katherine’s shares .. and .. proxy to vote dead-Pamela’s shares).

    JR found out Pamela was dead .. so, since Katherine Wentworth is a fugitive .. I’ll bet Cliff sent Katherine to kill JR in order to keep both of their secrets under wraps.

    And .. it could also be .. JR found out he was dying .. and .. rather than linger in pain .. he wanted a “quick exit” .. so, his Master Plan was to set it up so that Cliff would have Katherine kill him .. and he’d do this by letting Cliff know that he knew Pamela was dead and that he was going to let the authorities know Cliff and Katherine were committing this huge fraud. But .. in the meantime .. he wanted John Ross to have a claim on Katherine’s Barnes Global shares .. so, that’s why John Ross married Pamela so quickly .. and once Pamela is known to be dead .. her Barnes Global shares pass to Christopher.

    With John Ross owning (by divorcing Rebecca) half of Katherine’s 33 1/3 shares .. and Christopher owning all of Pamela’s 33 1/3 shares .. the two Ewing boys would have control of Barnes Global.

    And .. “yes” .. divorcing Rebecca might result in her owning half of Southfork .. but .. it’s a Soap .. so .. let the fun begin .. Lol

  12. Charday

    April 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I want VP back, too! Loving DALLAS this season and hope for many more.

  13. lisa

    April 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I hope Pam does return – played by Victoria Principal.
    And I kinda hope it’s revealed that she killed JR or at least had something to do with it.
    I love this show.

  14. Max

    April 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Just love love love John Ross & Pamela together. They are going to be Fighting & Making up & Divorcing & Marrying for a long time to come. They are the Romeo & Juliette of the show now. Cannot wait for the Season Finale and even more for Season 3… Love Bobby and Sue Ellen of course… Miss you JR!

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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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