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TNT's DALLAS Midseason Finale Was On FIYAH … Literally!

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The creative team behind TNT’s Dallas promised a blockbuster midseason finale and it lived up to it, in that there were so many cliffhangers it left heads spinning! And, can we all just stop a moment and take in how deliciously twisted Judith Light’s portrayal of Judith Ryland truly is!

The episode which aired on Monday night, burned down the house, ah Southfork to be exact! But before the fire started, there were flames igniting all over the place!

Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) sees the video of John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Emma (Emma Bell) having sex, which sets off a horrific chain of events.

She is already pissed off at her husband and her so-called best friend, but also very angry at Ann (Brenda Strong) and Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) for keeping that tryst from ever coming out to her!  Later, Sue Ellen tried to make Pamela understand that she knows what it feels like to be betrayed and wanted to protect her, only Pamela tore into Sue Ellen and told her she was nothing but a weak drunk!  So cue Sue Ellen to down every single bottle of booze she could get her hands on at Southfork until she passed out drunk.

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Next, Pamela uses her phone to track down John Ross who is at the Omni Hotel with Emma, who is also setting up the guy  thanks to Judith’s words to her which were, “I know from personal experience what pleasure strong men can give women like us and how sometimes our hearts get involved even when we don’t want them to. Be smart, my darling girl. They heel better when they have a leash around their neck.”  Judith knows John Ross wants in at Ryland Transport and is playing her granddaughter.

When Pamela arrives in the hotel room and catches John Ross and Emma in bed, you think she is going to pull out a gun on them, but instead is wearing the same green teddy as Emma … and she begins making out with Emma. Next, and at first appalled John Ross, joins in!  As the trio are having their romp, Pamela goes into convulsions and John Ross and Emma find a bottle of pills in her coat …  and they call 911!

Elsewhere, Drew (Kuno Becker) is back and hell bent on destroying the Ewings!  Elena (Jordana Brewster) is panicked!  Joaquin (AKA Nicolas) wants Drew to stay out of Elena and his way and their plan!.  Elena realizes she should have never blamed Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) for anything, but Nicolas (Juan Pablo di Pace) screws with her birth control and then has sex with her to get her pregnant!

Ann, after a big blow out fight with Bobby (Patrick Duffy), ends up at Harris Ryland’s (Mitch Pileggi) and the two kiss after she has drink.  Realizing the closeness of the moment, Ann leaves at this point, but Judith is furious as she witnesses the exchange from the upper window!

Christopher and Bobby have driven off to try to find Bo, who kidnapped Michael from Heather (AnnaLynne McCord), after Heather and Christopher decided to be together!  But from the looks of it, Bo set fire to Southfork! Or, did he?   And inside Southfork is a passed out Sue Ellen!  Later, when Christopher and Bobby arrive home to see their home in flames, they go inside, but are knocked out by falling ceiling beams!

So what did you think of the midseason finale of Dallas?  What was the biggest shocker to you?  What was your favorite moment in the episode?  Weigh-in!

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I loved every minute of it. It lived up to the hype. I can’t wait for August . Please please renew!!!

I liked it a lot. I didn’t believe that Pamela was going to do something we wouldn’t be able to see coming and had never been done before. Boy, was I wrong. In a good way!

I thought it was a great episode with a lot of cliffhangers and questions to be answered.For example who really set the fire at Southfork?Plus if Pamela recovers will she remember everything?Plus will Sue Ellen,Bobby and Christopher survive the fire unscathed?I can’t wait till the Summer when the new episodes air?

Not surprise on how powerful the cliff hanger was considering it was Dallas who invented the season ending cliffhanger with the famous Who Shot JR episode. Since that time, most prime time dramas have ended their season and their mid seasons with a cliff hanger

I thought the threesome was a very bold move– and unexpected— was Pam trying to kill herself or just taking pills to work up the nerve for the threesome? She just told Sue Ellen she wasn’t like her, weak, so taking pills to kill herself doesn’t seem plausible. Perhaps she took just enough to make John Ross feel so guilty he would never cheat on her again.

As for the house fire– who started it? Could be Drew, Bo, or even Sue Ellen in her drunken stupor might have caused it. Perhaps John Ross ordered in burnt down to get around Bobby’s objection to his remodel of it.

And that Joaquin has all the makings of real villain — tampering with Elena’s birth control that is just nasty.

So it was certainly a jam-packed episode, almost too much considering some episodes this year crawled along at a snail’s pace.

Lastly I am hoping Judith Light gets a Emmy for her work, she has been wonderful in this show.

In the original Dallas a season ended with Southfork on fire and SueEllen drunk upstairs so last night really was nothing new. Big disappointment. This reboot is just no fun.

I lost interest in it…

It was probably the BEST hour of television I’ve watched in a really long time. However, when I saw that return date, I started breaking out in hives. What am I gonna do until August 18th?! Yeah, I mean, these other TV shows are ok, but NOBODY can do it like Dallas these days.

I’m really enjoying DALLAS, including the mid-season finale, and can’t wait till August. Hope the show is renewed past the last half of this season in August.

Great finale!! Judith Light is just amazingly creepy!!

Love me some Judith Light…when did she become such a ranging evil bitch ..perfect and sexy hot too

Ava…YES INDEED!!!!! AGREED!!!!! And…the character of J.R. Ewing would be BOTH proud and envious at the same time…LOL!!!!!!

In my opinion, Dallas went from genius to silly.

I loved it, and I’m old school Dallas. Who’d thought our sweet Karen Wolek was so darn creepy! Whoa Pamela I didn’t see that one coming. I didn’t know hubby was watching in the bedroom (I thought he left me to go watch baseball). I heard a big ole HOLY S#$%! coming from the bedroom. It’s too long to wait til August. Please make this a spring and summer show so it doesn’t compete with some other cable shows.

I’m hoping the 3some is a dream. It didn’t make any sense. Linda Gray is doing an amazing job. She deserves an Emmy … best drunk on TV ever!

If you really want to do something that would cause a stir on Dallas. Get Victoria Principal to reprise her role as Pamela Ewing. They never killed her off they just said that she went off somewhere in the Midwest.

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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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