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MONDAY: Double The Double Cross! – DALLAS Two-Hour Season Premiere – Judith Light Debuts!

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The wait is over! Tomorrow night, Monday January 28th ( at 9PMEST/8PMCST on TNT), kicks-off the second season of the Dallas reboot, and with it all the drama, backstabbing and double-crossing, plus all the heat at Southfork! Monday’s episodes also begin the countdown to Larry Hagman’s final episode as the iconic villain J.R. Ewing!

Dallas begins its new season with a special two-hour premiere, and in the second episode, Daytime Emmy and Tony winner, Judith Light debuts as Harris Ryland’s mama in which she said to be even more vindictive than her on-screen son played by Mitch Pileggi!

In fact, in the latest issue of TV Guide on newsstands now, they revealed: “Early in the season, Ryland opens is home to his diabolical mother”.  Pileggi described to TVG his Oedipal relationship with his mom as “about as weird and creepy as you can get,” with one scene finding Light tending to her hospital-bed-bound son with too much affection!

Now after the jump, we have a mini spoiler-alert! We have provided the tune-in information for the two-hour premiere! If you don’t want to read it, you can skip it and go right to the newest Dallas teaser promo below for the season opener! Then let us know, what you are most excited about when Dallas starts up tomorrow night?  Are you looking forward to seeing Judith?

Hour One – “Battle Lines” – Monday, January 28, 9 p.m. ET/PT

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The battle for Ewing Energies heats up as Christopher and John Ross clash over opposing visions for the company. As Christopher seeks to gain the upper hand in his divorce from Rebecca Sutter, a game-changing revelation turns everything on its head, causing the entire family to put their differences aside and rally together — except for John Ross, who uses J.R.’s dirty little tricks to take revenge on Christopher and Elena. Meanwhile, Ann is blackmailed by her ex-husband, Harris Ryland, forcing her and Bobby to confront a shocking secret from Ann’s past.

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Hour Two – “Venomous Creatures” – Monday, January 28, 10 p.m. ET/PT
With Christopher and Bobby at the helm of Ewing Energies, and Elena working to gain a stronger foothold within the company, J.R. and John Ross strike a deal to wrestle control of Ewing Energies away from them. Meanwhile, Pamela Rebecca Barnes schemes with John Ross to take half of Christopher’s shares in Ewing Energies to fulfill her father’s desire for revenge against the Ewings. And Ryland’s mother, Judith, (guest star Judith Light) proves to be just as evil as her son.

 

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Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Love Judith Light and already loved Dallas! BRING IT ON!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Finally something to watch on Monday’s nights — can’t wait.

debikra
debikra

I can NOT wait. BEST primetime show in years…..I believe TNT is doing last season during the day for those who want to start watching.

KateK
KateK

Love Judith Light, but she does not seem old enought to play the mother of Harris.

Annie
Annie

I was thinking the same thing – maybe they should have made them brother and sister instead, but I’m still so excited for this season to start already!!

lisa
lisa

I thought so too.
Judith Light is too young to play Mitch Pileggi’s mother.
But we’ll see.

Will
Will

Horrible casting – they should have been brother and sister.

Jamie
Jamie

I can’t wait to see how Judith’s character plays into this. It’s going to be interesting.

Ces
Ces

I can’t wait for Season 2 tonight!! Big fan of Judith Light’s 🙂

gloria
gloria

I have to be reading this wrong. Judith Light playing Ryland’s mother???? She is THREE years older than he is. This is pushing the limit even for a soap. Major turn off & I am as big a Dallas fan as they come. Haven’t watched tonight yet but DO NOT like this.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Loved the episodes! So glad it’s back!

Patrick
Patrick

What an opportune time for Harris to “man” up… step up to the plate… and “mirror” JR’s quality(s)…. The guy you loved to hate….

Dallas… relationship between JR and Bobby… cannot be matched…

Anns ex…. Harris… caught on immediately… as a potential “bad” guy…. his scenes with Ann and Sue Ellen, and Bobby were on par.

imagine if Harris got to Sue Ellen… he’d be a figure in Anns life… and nemesis for Bobby…

he’s already an established character from season 1… this would lessen the blow, if you will… on the dearly departed Mr. Hagman.

Lia
Lia

It was FABULOUS, and Judith fit right in. I am going to love seeing her take swings at the Ewings. Lol

Mary SF
Mary SF

Watch the show last night- love it. So many twists and turns, double dealings and secrets revealed- a jam packed two hours. Thought Judith pulled off being the matriarch of the Ryland clan beautifully. Looking forward to next week-

ReeseR
ReeseR

It always amazes me how much of a womanizer and manipulator John Ross is. In the first 10 minutes he’s already charmed the pants off of a woman that is getting married and turns out to be the daughter of the man who owns the truck fleet he wants to buy. I shouldn’t even be surprised that he’s still trying to get back at Christopher and Elena. My DISH co-worker says that J.R. is just fueling the fire by reminding John Ross that the “other” side of the family is always against him. I’m just excited about the drama this season and I’ve got my DISH Hopper set to record the newest episode of the show while I’m away from home. With the Hopper I can take advantage of the large hard drive which will let me record up to 2,000 hours of my favorite TV shows and movies anytime I want. That way I can watch TV on my terms.

Cyd
Cyd

Love,love,love Dallas!!watched it years ago and it is still the best!!! What a surprise to see Judith Light!! She plays a great evil character. I agree with others that she’s too young to be playing a 60 year olds mother!!! Can’t wait to see upcoming episodes!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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