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Linda Gray On DALLAS: "We're Not Finished With The Characters. We're Not Finished With The Show!"

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Dallas star Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing) who is hoping and championing the return of the television reboot of Dallas to another cable home, appeared over the weekend at at the “Wings Over the Wetland: Beyond the Surface” philanthropic event in the city of Dallas.

Gray was chosen as the 2014 honorary chair for the fundraiser, which raises money to expand water and wildlife education curriculum and research programs for the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, which serves as the hub of environmental and social interest for the 3,100 acres of man-made wetland habitat on the Rosewood Seagoville Ranch property located about 20 miles south of downtown Dallas.

When speaking to Dallas’ CultureMap.com about the status of the status of the beloved series since TNT canceled it after three seasons , Gray said,“I just talked to our producers today, and we’re thinking we have to find a new home. There are no bad feelings. It’s called show business for a reason, so in this industry, we’re always like, if one door shuts, another opens. But we also feel that we’re not finished. We’re not finished with the characters. We’re not finished with the show.”

As we have previously reported, Dallas showrunner Cynthia Cidre is actively pursuing a new home for the primetime soap and hopes to have news on this front in the weeks ahead!

Would you love to see Linda Gray get a chance to play Sue Ellen again? Do you think Dallas will land a new cable TV home soon? Comment below!

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Dianna
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Dianna

I love Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy. They are Dallas. Please let it be true. I want Dallas to continue or at least come to a real conclusion.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Loved Sue Ellen & Dallas then & now. More Dallas Please.

Megan
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Megan

I would love to see it on a different channel, however I doubt if it would work. Look at what happened to AMC and OLTL.

Robert
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Robert

That fell about due to funding and miss management. ABC will see their error and make corrections hopefully!

su0000
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su0000

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Dallas is a classic, it will survive..

A Baptiste
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A Baptiste

I agree, a new home! Leave it to Linda to say it with grace and spirit!

judy ox
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judy ox

We can only hope if you love your show you need to watch and let the network know your watching dallas had such good acting and good writing is a sad thing we all need to get behind days so it dosnt happen to it to

Tonja Walker
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Tonja Walker

Bring back Dallas! We all love it! Always have and always will!

Mark
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Mark

I liked seeing linda gray judith light patrick Duffy and that dude from the xfiles but that was it the younger cast was generic especially elena!

JK
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JK

Lifetime!

Momma
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Momma

LOGO!

James McDonald
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James McDonald

Come on, CBS. Now it your chance to have that DALLAS glory again.

Bandele
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Bandele

I liked the show very disappointed it is cancelled. I wasn’t happy with some of the direction of the writing. I thought it was too much Emma and Christopher getting killed was too premature but I enjoyed the show.

craig silver
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craig silver

Yes, please save Dallas. Best season yet!!

Denise
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Denise

please bring Dallas to another network! Loved this show ever since it aired years ago. Wonderful actors!! Check updates everday hoping for good news soon

Rodd
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Rodd

Some network has to give this show a fighting chance. Keep it on for a whole season instead of splitting it would certain help sustain continued interest. This show was/is fantastic! I really hope it finds another home.

jonboy
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jonboy

I hope their efforts are successful. Nu-Dallas was so much mire entertaining than the original.

Beacon
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Beacon

Give it up Linda. It’s already been brought back once and Larry’s no longer with us. It’s inconceivable to perceive the show like him. Besides, Dallas is a relic of another age.

extremedallas fan
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extremedallas fan

TVGN would be a great home for Dallas

Brian Harrington
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Brian Harrington

Please don’t give up on this show, work on getting more of the older cast back from retirement, find another network and get it going to at least finish it properly, not just telling all the fans its over, that is just not the right thing to do, too many of us loved the old Dallas, and tried to adapt and like the new one, I was lucky enough to be an extra cast in a couple of episodes, I am 100% certain I am not alone in my thoughts, bring it back to at least end it PROPERLY..!!!!

Paula Shoemaker
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Paula Shoemaker

Yes, definitely bring Dallas back!! Once again I got hooked when I found out it was on another channel! Dallas was the beginning of my week, couldn’t wait to sit down on Monday nights to see it!!

Sharon
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Sharon

Please bring Dallas back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bryon
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Bryon

I do hope they find a new network to pick up the show. Dallas is a great show and the actors are phenomenal. I recommend they put it on Wedneday or Friday. Monday has too much competition. I am optimistic as well and do believe they will be back on another network. USA, TVGN, and possibly OWN.

Charday
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Charday

I want more DALLAS!!!

lisa
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lisa

More of Dallas – it’s too good to bite the dust !

Lori
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Lori

Yes I absolutely agree!! We the fans need this show to continue its far from over its a great show with great actors. I watched the original Dallas from start to finish…and people young and old im telling you please do all you can to keep this series going you will not regret it. Im a loyal fan to the end!

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I feel bad for Gray and Duffy. They certainly have shown loyalty to the show and really gave it their best effort in this version of “Dallas.” That being said, the writers and the producers REALLY let down Gray and Duffy and the viewers with the (too numerous) mistakes that were made — uninteresting new characters, shifting the main focus from the Ewings to Elena and the Mexican drug cartel, putting Gray in the millionth version of “Sue Ellen’s on the bottle again” plot, missing numerous opportunities to introduce characters from the show’s history (Lucas Krebs? Margaret Krebs?). I like… Read more »

Andrew
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Andrew

I was an on again, off again fan of the original, but really enjoyed the three seasons on TNT. I too thought there was too much of the drug cartel but it was easy to overlook when the writing was so good and I trusted the writers to bring everything around to an interesting conclusion at the end of each season. Performances, too, were top notch all the way around.

Hope that it can find a home somewhere else. But without zombies, gruesome horrors, meth, guns, stabbings, rapes, ADD editing, how can anything like Dallas survive on modern day TV?

Sean
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Sean

More dallas please…….. #savedallas I love the show and always have it’s the best thing on TV.

abruzzfan
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abruzzfan

More Dallas PLEASE!!

Belta Avila
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Belta Avila

Yes, please find another cable channel and save Dallas. It is an amazing show. I have been watching the show since the beginning. with Jock, Ellie, Pamela, JR, Bobby, Lucy, Ray, and Sue Ellen. Keep with next Generation. There is still a lot of questions to be answered and plots to put together.

Wilma
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Wilma

If not TNT please find another channel and save Dallas. I am so hooked, just like the original. This is one awesome show and will be very disappointed if it is cancelled. Please keep the show on.

Gladys Edwards
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Gladys Edwards

I am terribly disappointed that Dallas was cancelled. Hopefully, they will find a way to come back. Has to be a better conclusion than the season ending finale. Too much left up in the air as to the fate of some of the characters. Please come back again.

Charles
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Charles

CBS was the original network for Dallas. Les needs to make room on the network schedule for the 4th season. It would certainly be a Top 20 show.

Dglk
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Dglk

Please bring Dallas back. I would love to see the same cast members back…Sue Ewing, Bobby Ewing, John Ross, Pamela, I.e….including Christopher. TNT rethink your previous decision…Please!!!

carmelina
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carmelina

Hey all you Dallas fans…this is totally wrong. Dallas must live on! There is so much storyline that can be told. Excellent cast, excellent writing…….please someone listen to the fans and bring it back. love, carmelina from connecticut

mary haller
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mary haller

I love the show and hope some other channel picks it up. I was a big fan of the show in the eighties.

brenda
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brenda

No Dallas can’t be finished so I hope someone hurry and get a new home I can’t wait for Dallas to pick up where they left off even tho I don’t like the way it ended. So, yeah !!

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Bradford Anderson, Melissa Fumero & Juan Pablo Di Pace To Appear In Virtual ‘Ballots Over Broadway’

Some of your favorites who have been in both daytime and primetime soaps will be participating in this Friday August 7th’s virtual event, “Ballot Over Broadway” to benefit Higher Heights for America and Field Team 6.

Look for General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), and former Dallas and Fuller House star, Juan Pablo Di Pace (Ex-Nicolas Trevino, Dallas) to join the likes of Laura Benanti, Andre De Shields and so many more from Broadway, TV and Film in an intimate evening songs.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and former One Life to Live star, Melissa Fumero (Amy and Ex-Adriana, respectively), will be speaking during the event.

Field Team 6 is a national volunteer army with a simple mission: Register Democrats. Save the world. By targeting places that need Democrats most, we aim to take the White House, flip the Senate, and expand our House majority.

Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies.

The event kicks-off at 8PM PST/11 PM EST and to be able to view make sure to get your tickets or to donate by going to this link here.

So might you join the virtual event and watch Bradford, Melissa and Juan Pablo? Comment below.

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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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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.

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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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