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TNT DALLAS Recap: Sue Ellen Thinks She Burned Down Southfork …. But It Was Drew … Who Is Executed By Nicolas!

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TNT’s Dallas returned last night with a burn your house down episode, literally!

As Southfork was engulfed in flames, Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) found Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and Bo (Donny Boaz) in the rubble of the burning iconic home! Meanwhile, the paramedics came to save Pamela (Julie Gonzalo)who apparently attempted suicide, as the three-way broke up between Emma (Emma Bell), John Ross (Josh Henderson) and her in the hotel room.   Elsewhere, Elena (Jordana Brewster) and Nicolas (Juan Pablo Di Pace) are in bed (he tampered with her diaphragm and talked about having babies with her, and it looks as though they had sex once already!) when she gets a call from her mother Carmen that Southfork was set on fire.

When Heather (AnnaLynne McCord) shows up at the hospital post-fire, it seems she was very concerned for Bo, which caught the attention of Christopher.  And while all eyes suspected at first that Bo set fire to Southfork, he didn’t.  Sue Ellen thinks she did.  As she tries to fight her boozing demons while drying out in the hospital, she recalls as she is wandering through the hospital gift shop the invitation that upset her … that of John Ross’ marriage to Pamela that she began to burn before passing out!  Next, she steals some after-shave from the gift shop, which contain alcohol in it,  but doesn’t drink it.  She then admits to Bobby and Ann to being drunk and that she started the fire!  Sue Ellen admits she is an alcoholic.

But we soon learn the twist on a twist …  that it was none other than Drew (Kuno Becker) who started the fire and the Cartel and Nicolas have him detained so he won’t ruin their plans.  And after Nicolas is threatened by the Cartel if all their plans go up in smoke, Nicolas orders Drew to be killed.   Drew gets a bullet in the head!  Elena is also pissed at Nicolas when she realizes he was the one that sent the video to Pamela which showed Emma and John Ross having sex!

Judith Ryland, played by the superb Judith Light,  is on the warpath after seeing Ann (Brenda Strong) kiss Harris (Mitch Pileggi)!  She has some very terse words for Harris, and then goes to get Emma at the hospital.  But before she leaves, Judith makes sure Bobby knows exactly where Ann was during the fire … kissing Harris!  Bobby is furious and tells Ann he needs time alone because of all of her lies and asks her to leave!

John Ross admits to Pamela in the hospital that he does truly love her, but  she isn’t having it.  She tells him that whenever he makes love to another woman or Emma, he wants him to remember the sight of her overdosing!

What did you think of last night’s Dallas? Were you surprised to learn who started the fire?  Who was your favorite in the episode? We loved Judith Light, Josh Henderson, Linda Gray and Juan Pablo Di Pace.  How about you?  Let us know

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  1. GH50

    August 19, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Totally agree about Judith Light, Josh Henderson, Linda Gray and Juan Pablo Di Pace. The acting on Dallas is superb. The episode was excellent and the ending was a real surprise. TNT Dallas doesn’t disappoint.

    • KansasGuest

      August 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Hope they get another season. There is still plenty of story to tell about the Ewings without J.R. I want to see how this family is going to fend off a Mexican drug cartel that’s intent on overthrowing the Mexican government! Talk about big stakes…

  2. craig silver

    August 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Great episode. Can’t wait fot next week.

  3. MBmomof3

    August 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I enjoyed the twist of Sue Ellen believing and confessing that she started the fire, then the discovery that it wasn’t her. Amazing cast. Amazing season premiere. Can’t wait for more!

  4. Shelly

    August 19, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Great episode last night. Looking forward to next Monday! The scene where (spoiler) Sue Ellen shoplifts and is about to guzzle a bottle of after shave was reminiscent of her time in rehab when she was pregnant and the nurse smuggled mouthwash for her to drink. I’m curious to see if Cliff will return to confront John Ross about Pamela’s overdose.

  5. jaybird369

    August 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    W-O-W!!!!! And…more and more, the F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S Judith Light is ROCKING AND ROLLING as the DELICIOUSLY EVIL Judith Ryland…H-O-L-L-A!!!!! In separate sorts of ways (or whatever), poor Harris and poor Ann…LOL!!!!!! Yep.

    Until next time…A-C-E-S!!!!!

  6. Mary SF

    August 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I really like this new Dallas, story wise it is great, the cast is wonderful, and production values are like a big budget movie. My only pet peeve about the show is the editing– it is so choppy in spots, all that zooming in and zooming out of the camera drives my nuts— all the quick shots during action scenes to make them feel more fast pace than there are– it looks like someone who just discover how to edit video is doing it, and they are throwing in everything because they can not because the scene needs it. It was mildly distracting in season one, but now in season three— it is just annoying.

  7. diane

    August 19, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    It was a great show. Sad that TNT doesn’t promote this show at all. It would have better ratings if people knew it was on.

    • KansasGuest

      August 20, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      It’s promoted plenty. There have been ads in TVGuide & Entertainment Weekly for a month, and on their websites. Commercials have been running all summer during TNT’s highly-rated new show, THE LAST SHIP, plus on TNT’s sister stations.

      • diane

        August 20, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        I must have fast forwarded through them all.

  8. Joanne Massaro

    August 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I loved the show. I didn’t remember it was Drew who started the fire until I read it in the TNT Dallas Fan Club. I hope Pamela remains Angry with John Ross. I hope Bobby forgives Ann. Christopher should loose Heather as his Girlfriend. Can’t wait for next Monday!!

    • jaybird369

      August 20, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Joanne…I agree…Christopher needs to CUT ALL TIES with Heather. To me, that Heather chick has WAY TOO MUCH BAGGAGE!!!!! Most of all, that Bo dude looks and acts like a TOTAL NUT-JOB…YIKES!!!!! And Joanne…I (also) can’t wait for Monday’s new episode!!!!!! Yep.

      Take care, Joanne. XOXOXOXOXO

  9. shrona

    August 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    So happy to have Dallas back again. Judith Light is simply amazing. I hope she is made a regular cast member.

  10. Melina

    August 24, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Great show with lots of twist and turns to keep us guessing! I just love Dallas, the acting was off the chain and everyone brought their A-game especially Josh Henderson, Julie Gonzalo, Linda Gray, Juan Pablo Di Pace.Amazing cast and storylines!

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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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