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NEW: TNT's DALLAS Hot Publicity Still: "They're Back. And No, You're Not Dreaming!"

Taking its cue from Bobby’s dream season and that season’s final episode of DALLAS (in 1986), the new TNT version of DALLAS released its first publicity still for its new campaign, as they gear up for the new DALLAS to premiere on June 13th!  And, it’s tag line, we think is kind of cute!

If you recall, the dream season occurred when Patrick Duffy opted to exit the series, and the show’s producers decided to kill him off.   Then, at the end of a season long sans-Duffy at Southfork, Duffy and the show reached a new deal and the actor decided to return and voila!  He was in the shower!

Check out this kind of  hot and playful shower scene with Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and the rest of the new cast!  Let us know what you think!

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barbara t
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barbara t

I remember when the whole season turned out to be a dream and it started out with Bobby in the shower.Looking forward to seeing dallas again I like that they are using the original cast along with the new ones thats the only reason I am watching.I cant wait to see sue ellen do her thing and hopefully give j r a run for his money, She was my favorite , dallas was a good prime time soap ,will be good to watch it again,We are going back to southfork.

Tom
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Tom

As a hardcore DALLAS fan, I am appalled they would choose to feature The Dream as a marketing tactic for the new series. The original Dream single-handedly destroyed the show’s credibility and it never recovered. Then again, the new series is probably not aimed at me anyway, though I plan to watch.

BTripp
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BTripp

CAN NOT WAIT!!!

Kim justo-Blank
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Kim justo-Blank

I think it is a wonderful idea!! I watched it for many years.

Jared
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Jared

Nothing to be appalled about. It’s a good marketing piece. I can’t wait for the return of Dallas.

janet
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janet

cant wait i watch every show like bobby and pam

david
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david

Some people think soap operas are not financially viable during daytime because mostly old people watch. So who is going to watch Hagman at 80, Gray at 71, and Duffy at 63 in primetime? It will be interesting to learn how many viewers Dallas will attract. If soap operas are a dying breed in daytime, why are so many appearing in primetime? Why couldn’t OLTL appear weekly in primetime?

Violet
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Violet

An aged Larry Hagman will be palatable in any episode where Jesse Metcalfe is shirtless. 🙂

Brian
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Brian

I have wondered about everything you have stated as well.

barbara t
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barbara t

ME,I will watch it ,and I hope it will be as good as it was before ,If it wasnt for hagman ,gray and duffy I wouldnt watch.dallas cant be replaced but it can pick up where it left off with all the same characters that are just a little older .I love Sue ellen,cant wait to see her in action.I hope her personality hasnt changed .I dont think that pam ,I forgot her name ,is coming back I heard a rumor that duffy would never work with her again.hum,I wonder why.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

JR, Bobby, and Sue Ellen are legacy characters very important to rebooting this series. Would we do without a Nancy Hughes, a Bert Bauer, an Alice Horton, an Asa Buchanan, and a Katherine Chancellor on our daytime soaps? I tire of series that are too homogeneous in age and type.

You pose good questions about why daytime serials are fading while primetime soap seems on the upswing (with two notable pilots in production at ABC no less!). As much as I love nighttime soaps — the heyday of DALLAS, KNOTS LANDING and FALCON CREST — they are not daytime.

Matt
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Matt

I’m feeling kind of “meh” about the return of DALLAS. I’m hoping that they find a way to bring on Donna Mills as Abby Cunningham– she was married to JR and Bobby’s brother and is a great bad girl!

Kathy N
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Kathy N

I am looking forward to watching Dallas. It’s nice to have original programming during the summer months. I loved Dallas the first time around. Will they possible re air the movies they did over the years so we can have a refresher ?

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I LOVED DALLAS! That said, the dream debacle did upset me and kind of threw my DALLAS relationship for a curve and it was never the same. Still… it seems the powers behind this DALLAS reboot are smart and the series will be strong. The use of the legacy characters to introduce the new generation of Ewings and others and to be integral to storylines is so wise. I like Bobby has a new wife. And I like the wink-and-smile of this marketing campaign. Proves to me the new DALLAS will be true to its roots and not just borrowing… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

The dream mess never bothered me because I was so upset that patrick duffy left the show when he decided to come back I was thrilled so I put the dream stuff on the back burner.And bobbys new wife is the dead woman who tells the stories on desperate housewives.I like that the original cast will be on to introduce us to the next generation If not for them I wouldnt watch.

Shelly
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Shelly

I can’t wait!!! I watched the original, I own the DVDs through season 7, and I will tune in June 13th. TNT, by giving the green light to this series, and ponying up for the primary stars, has shown good faith in the genre. ABC could learn something from them.

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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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