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

Photo Credit: Robert Phillips/Everett Collection

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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  1. Gazoo987

    October 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

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

    • jean

      March 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      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….

  2. kalamaty

    October 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    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!!!!!!!

    • jean

      March 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      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…

  3. bc

    October 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    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.

    • gloria

      October 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      THEY DO NOT need more racial diversity.

      • Mitchell1660

        October 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm

        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…

  4. Beacon

    October 18, 2012 at 3:36 am

    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! 🙂

  5. toscanti

    October 18, 2012 at 4:50 am

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

  6. SZima

    October 18, 2012 at 5:26 am

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

    • Felepe

      March 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      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

    • jean

      March 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm

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

  7. SZima

    October 18, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Oh, and Nicollette Sheridan too!

  8. Mary H

    October 18, 2012 at 6:27 am

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

  9. Iakovos

    October 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

    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.

  10. Steve

    October 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

    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.

    • larkin

      October 18, 2012 at 10:50 am

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

  11. Rob

    October 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Would LOVE Donna Mills but Im sure thats a stretch.

  12. MaX

    October 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

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

    • jean

      March 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      I wish but they wont…

  13. susan M.

    October 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm

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

  14. Shelly

    October 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    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…

    • gloria

      October 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      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!

      • Shelly

        October 19, 2012 at 7:45 am

        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.

  15. Sam

    November 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    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….

  16. Hedi

    November 20, 2012 at 10:11 pm

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

  17. John

    November 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm

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

    • barbara

      March 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      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

  18. gloria

    March 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    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

    • Barbara

      March 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

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

      • Felepe

        March 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

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

  19. Bob Acker

    March 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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

    • barbara

      March 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      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.

  20. Marc

    March 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

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

  21. jean

    March 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Its over, what a drag…No more Knotws Landing

  22. Dennis

    March 26, 2013 at 7:19 am

    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

  23. Dennis

    March 26, 2013 at 7:20 am

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

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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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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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