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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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Lisa
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Lisa

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

Becky
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Becky

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!

andrew hass
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andrew hass

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?

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

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.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I lost interest in it…

Nk3play2
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Nk3play2

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.

Charday
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Charday

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.

Jeff
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Jeff

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

ava
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ava

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

jaybird369
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jaybird369

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

Robert
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Robert

In my opinion, Dallas went from genius to silly.

Shelly
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Shelly

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.

Ronald
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Ronald

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!

Largent803
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Largent803

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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Bradford Anderson, Melissa Fumero & Juan Pablo Di Pace To Appear In Virtual ‘Ballots Over Broadway’

Some of your favorites who have been in both daytime and primetime soaps will be participating in this Friday August 7th’s virtual event, “Ballot Over Broadway” to benefit Higher Heights for America and Field Team 6.

Look for General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), and former Dallas and Fuller House star, Juan Pablo Di Pace (Ex-Nicolas Trevino, Dallas) to join the likes of Laura Benanti, Andre De Shields and so many more from Broadway, TV and Film in an intimate evening songs.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and former One Life to Live star, Melissa Fumero (Amy and Ex-Adriana, respectively), will be speaking during the event.

Field Team 6 is a national volunteer army with a simple mission: Register Democrats. Save the world. By targeting places that need Democrats most, we aim to take the White House, flip the Senate, and expand our House majority.

Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies.

The event kicks-off at 8PM PST/11 PM EST and to be able to view make sure to get your tickets or to donate by going to this link here.

So might you join the virtual event and watch Bradford, Melissa and Juan Pablo? Comment below.

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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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