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Ted Shackelford & Joan Van Ark To Guest-Star In Season Two Of TNT's DALLAS!

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Photo Credit: Robert Phillips/Everett Collection

The hottest place to be in late January is Dallas!  And we are not just talking about the city, but the hit TNT reboot, where tonight long time fans of both Knots Landing and the original Dallas have gotten their wish!

TV Guide is reporting and has confirmed that Joan Van Ark and Ted Shackelford will reprise their roles as Val and Gary Ewing in a three episode arc during a family reunion in season two of the series sometime in the Spring of 2013!

As many know, when Knots Landing was created the producers spun-off Valene & Gary from Dallas to kick start the new nighttime soap in which their star-crossed love life, and dramatic twists and turns, where many times at the epicenter of the main story.  But, the duo has not visited the rest of the Ewings since the early to mid 80’s!

Word is that the executives of Dallas attempted to bring back the Knots pair last season for cameo appearances, but Shackelford, who is on The Young and the Restless as Jeffrey Bardwell, held out for a meatier storyline.  He got his wish!  Now the question is, will Val & Gary’s grown up twins Bobby and Betsy be in tow too?

What do you think of the news of Ted and Joan, or shall we say, Gary and Val, heading to Dallas?  And that is hot on the heels of the series announcing Judith Light will be appearing on Dallas too! Weigh-in!

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AWESOME!!!!!! Season 2 is going to blow the roof off!!!

It did not. The writter does not have much in her. Joan Van Ark was in one episode not 3. Not much, no big deal….

Incredible news, and smart of Ted to hold out! Kudos to all involved in bringing back this important couple to the Ewing fold! Val and Gary were a lesser, but very important part of the Dallas scene and perhaps even more so as their characters were the focus of the spin off. What a thrill it must be for Joan and Ted to reprise these roles! So happy for them and for us!!!!!!! Can’t wait!!!!!!!

Big news, not really big let down. Not much for Joan and Ted in the new Dallas. Joan had just one line or so. What a drag…

dallas needs more racial diversity. texas has large population of Asians and blacks and hispanics. soap operas need to portray more blacks and hispanics as the romantic leads and they definitely need Asians as romantic leading characters bec there are none on any soap opera! acting is not merit based. actors are not required to study acting and have all kinds of experience and training. all that is required of an actor is saying the lines and knowing the blocking. being good is subjective. acting isn’t a meritocracy. anyone can be given the opportunity to be an actor. hollywood needs to shut up abt loving racial diversity and cast more racial minorities not as supporting characters but as the leading characters. but hollywood only likes talking abt racial diversity bec based on their casting and storylines hollywood obviously is extremely racist.

THEY DO NOT need more racial diversity.

Uhh, yeah, they do. I like “Dallas” like anyone else, but the real Dallas, Texas has a huge Hispanic and black population. This could be reflected in current storylines. This is not 1980, after all…

Brilliant! I am so happy that a little bit of Knots will live on… however, I wish they could find a way to make Abby Fairgate tag along. She was the J.R. of that show and could go with Larry Hagman toe to toe. What can you say about Abby other than… the eyes have it! 🙂

YAYYYYYYY!!!! This is Great news, can’t wait.

Bring back Donna Mills please! Then my life would be complete! Haha.

THey wont cause the new Dallas has no spunk to it and not open minded. I was hoping to see Joan Van Ark and Ted more in the new Dallas. But it is all over now. They will not return. I must say it was a let down..Felepe

They wont…What a drag…New writter does not have much in her.

Oh, and Nicollette Sheridan too!

Can’t wait!! Loved Knots Landing..Wish TNT would bring Knots too!!!! That would be awesome!

Best news of the day! thanks, Michael, for letting us know. DALLAS and KNOTS LANDING were staples of my TV diet. I am so pleased the DALLAS relaunch is working so well, and the producers have such a sense of history and respect for older actors.

Longtime fans of the original DALLAS and KNOTS LANDING will recall that while Bobby “died” and returned in a shower on DALLAS, he remained dead on KNOTS LANDING. They never addressed that “dream season” on KL. That’s why Gary & Valene named their baby after Bobby. Important for the reboot? Probably not.

I would like to see some smirky inside reference…just in passing…would be fun.

Would LOVE Donna Mills but Im sure thats a stretch.

So so very happy and I can’t wait for season 2!

I wish but they wont…

Use to watch Knots Landing all those years ago…I remember when the babies were kidnapped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love this!!! Can’t wait for January (and I usually hate winter)! I am so glad “new” Dallas is not ignoring history. Gary was always a thorn in JR’s side, someone he just could not get rid of…

Yes, Shelly, this gives us “winter haters” something big to look forward to in January. Cannot wait. JR could not ever even stand the sight of Gary & Valene. Remember how JR just kind of sneered the word “Valeeeene” He was & still is such a bastard & how we love him & all the rest of Dallas!

And; JR couldn’t stand that Gary was Miss Ellie’s favorite. Yup he’s such a jackass, I love that character so much. I had the pleasure of meeting Larry Hagman several years ago when he visited our area. He was such a nice down to earth guy, absolutely nothing like JR.

I cant wait to see this. So glad they have some originals actors cause I would not watch it. Cant wait to see Gary and Val. I sure hope we see Karen, Abby, Greg..and more….. Hope Dallas and Knots landing will tie the knot. That would be Magic. Nothing like it….

This is going to be a great show… Glad they r bringing back Val @ Gary. Hope they do more as stime goes on…

I agree Hedi. This will make TV great. MY SHOW IS COMING BACK…AND SOME KNOTS LANDING>>>>>>>>>>> 🙂 🙂 🙂

They did not have much for Ted and Joan. Was sad by the whole thing. You are right the writter does not have much in her. They have Joan and Ted on more. But this is all the writters got

I was so upset that they did not show Joan Van Ark that much like they said they would in the new Dallas. She is in must one episode. I sure hope they will be in more. That is the only reason why i watch the show. Gloria

I agree, it was a let down. I guess they just lied…

I know how you both feel. They will not have any Knots Landing magic at all. I guess they just cant do it anymore.

What a drag Joan and Ted did not have much in the new Dallas. Guess the new writter has not imagaination

It was a drag, joan van ark had so little to say. That is it for now. They will not be on Dallas anymore. I really thought that they would have more in the show. I guess the new writter has nothing to say. That is all shes got.

I hear ya, they made it seem that it was this big thing for Joan and Ted. The new writter is awful

Its over, what a drag…No more Knotws Landing

The new dallas is real good but was soooooooooo sadden that Ted and Joan did sooo little. THat is all the writter has. She buit the whole thing up to a let down. Now that I know that Ted and Joan will not be back, I willl not watch

What about Ginger from knots and Abby and Mac….Put them on Dallas


Lifetime’s ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’ Brings Epic Food Fight and “Slapfest Coup de Grâce”

Get ready for the feuding soap opera divas, when five actresses known for their signature primetime and daytime roles are brought together in Lifetime’s new holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas.

Saturday night, December 2nd on Lifetime (8pm ET/7PM CT) marks the highly-anticipated holiday movie premiere featuring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing), Nicolette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest et al), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Here’s what we do know! In story, five alums from the long-running soap, The Great Lakes reunite for a live Christmas finale. Uh-oh!  Now take a look at the backstory of the colorful cast of characters (pay special attention to the clever twists on the actresses names!)

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LAUREN EWING (Linda Gray) “Everyone thinks I’m so damn good all the time,” confesses the junk food-loving Lauren of her second act as a lifestyle guru. “I don’t know how Gwenyth Paltrow does it!”

DANA CUNNINGHAM (Donna Mills) Now a sitcom mom, she’s yet to make amends to ex-bestie Juliette after abruptly leaving the soap back in the day. Not that she hasn’t tried: “When I thought the world was going to end in Y2K,” Dana says, “I reached out to her, and she never called me back.”

LILY MARLOWE (Loni Anderson) After replacing Dana on ‘Great Lakes’, Lily never again found a role to win her acclaim. “What do I have to show for (my career)? An arc on  For the People – Shonda Rhimes’ only flop!”

JULIETTE MATHESON (Nicollette Sheridan) “She left me for L.A.,” the party girl turned fashion mogul recalls of Dana’s betrayal. Will their feud derail the entire event?

MARGEAUX ROBERTS (Morgan Fairchild) “Fasten your face-lifts, ladies, it’s gonna be a bumpy weekend!” The sassy grande dame of ‘Great Lakes’ sees the Juliette-Dana beef as the perfect escape from her own domestic drama.

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Now, making this all the more hysterical is the director of The Great Lakes reunion special, which makes the five women live under the same roof, is its former child star Alex, who has gotten his ex-girlfriend, Nell to direct the finale. Meanwhile, in the subplot. the ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ come up with a plan to get Alex and Nell back together.

As with any good soap opera, there is a major food fight. Linda Gray shared with USA Today ,”The food fight was one take. And it was fabulous.” And of course, their is a bitch-fest slap-fest. Morgan Fairchild revealed, “Oh honey, we all got ours in. Mine was a simple, ‘How dare you?’ with a slap. But I was hoping for a punch.”

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The movie’s EP, Larry Thompson, who is a Hollywood manager and has Donna Mills as a client, said that the entire scene peaks with the”slapfest coup de grâce.” What is that exactly? That is when Donna Mills pushes Nicollette Sheridan into a pool in a nod to Dynasty’s Lily bond battle between Dynasty’s Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans).

In case you missed it previously, check out the trailer for Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas below, also starring Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa, Mills real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, and Christopher Atkins with theme song by Tiffany.

Now let us know, will you be tuning in to the movie for a premise that should delight many a longtime soap fan? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Morgan Fairchild, Nicollette Sheridan & Donna Mills Visit ‘Tamron Hall’ to Talk ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’

UPDATED: Monday November 27th, soap opera favorites, Morgan Fairchild (GH, ex-DAYS, DFT, The City, Dallas, Falcon Crest et al), Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing) and Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing) visit with Tamron Hall on her syndicated talk show. (find times in your area here).

The trio is set to give some inside intel to Tamron on their highly-anticipating holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas, set to premiere on Lifetime on Saturday, December 2nd (8pm ET/7Pm CT) and streams next day.

As previously reported, Ladies of the 80’s: A Divas Christmas also stars Linda Gray (Dallas) and Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) and in story, five glamorous ‘80s soap opera stars reunite to share the spotlight to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera.

The producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the whole production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together. Along the way, the divas also discover that the love between them all is still very strong too.

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Ladies of the ‘80s: A Divas Christmas also stars Christopher Atkins, Patrika Darbo (ex-DAYS, B&B, The Bay), Alec Mapa, and Mills’s daughter, Chloe Mills. In addition, the holiday film features a theme song performed by none other than ’80s pop star Tiffany.

Check out the official trailer for ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ starring Donna, Nicollette, Linda, Morgan and Loni below, followed by the Tamron Hall Show segment.

Now let us know, are you looking forward to watching Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Donna Mills, Linda Gray, Nicollette Sheridan, Morgan Fairchild, Loni Anderson to Appear in Lifetime’s 80s and Soap-Themed Holiday Movie

Wowza! Now here’s a line-up of soap opera and primetime favorites all in one movie! Coming up for the holidays, Lifetime has revealed they have an 80s and soap-themed film starring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing, General Hospital), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas), Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing and Dynasty), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest, SFT, DAYS et al) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Filmed earlier in 2023, Ladies of the 80’s is said to follow five soap opera divas (how fun and perfect!), as they reunite to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera!

In story, the producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), who happen to be old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together.  

But wait, there’s more! In addition to the five leading ladies, the cast also includes: Days of our Lives favorite Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy), Alec Mapa, and Donna Mills’ real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, plus 80s heartthrob, Christopher Atkins.

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There is even a Ladies of the 80’s theme song, performed by none other than 80’s pop star, Tiffany!

In a statement on the project, the movie’s EP Larry A. Thompson shared: “The opportunity to bring together Donna, Morgan, Loni, Linda and Nicollette, five powerhouse women into one holiday movie, has been like finding the perfect gift under the Christmas tree.”

The official airdate of the holiday movie will be revealed shortly in the networks’s A Wonderful Lifetime Holiday movie schedule. Deadline first shared the news.

What do you think of this upcoming soap opera-themed movie featuring Donna, Linda, Nicollette, Morgan and Loni? Comment below.

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