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TNT's DALLAS Renewed For Third Season!

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This will come as tremendous news for fans of TNT’s Dallas reboot! The primetime sudser has officially been renewed for a third season!

According to Deadline.com: TNT has ordered 15 episodes for the third season, which is slated to launch in early 2014. “Although we said goodbye to Larry Hagman and his iconic character J.R. Ewing this year, Dallas has many more stories left to tell, and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.’s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted,” TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright said.

There was concern that after Dallas’ freshmen season where ratings were high, the show suffered ups and down in the ratings in season two that the Ewing clan might not see a third season! After a slow start in the new slot on Monday’s in season two, the show rebounded.  The episode in which Larry Hagman’s character J.R. was laid to rest drew 3.6 million viewers, rising to 4.9 million in Live+7. For the entire second season, Dallas has averaged 3.8 million viewers in Live+7, with 1.6 million adults 25-54 and 1.4 million adults 18-49.

So are you thrilled at the news that Dallas will continue in 2014?  Let us know!

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Ladywaife
Ladywaife

GREAT NEWS!!! This certainly beats reality television!!!

Ces
Ces

I second that!

Max
Max

FINALLY… SO HAPPY!!!

johanna
johanna

Always thrilled when a soap finds 2nd life

Patrick
Patrick

amazing…. we’re on to a third season already.

KateK
KateK

Great news. Love the marriage of John Ross & Pamela! Who knew I would grow to like Pamela so much!

Patrick
Patrick

for me it’s a kick to know she’s Cliff Barnes daughter…

that makes it nice… like he’s every present and is always a part of Dallas…

geez… on the original… he tried so hard to overthrow the Ewings…

props to his being…. a mainstay. A Barnes if you will…

and yes…. John Ross and Pamela are steaming…. the underlying passion between these two is real’ing.

janet
janet

I’ll be watching. I hate reality shows. A soap is a soap. and this soap is good.!

Dmitri
Dmitri

Best soap on TV! Beats reality TV and Days of Our Lives for sure!

JLH
JLH

DALLAS is one of the few series currently in production that is must-see for me, so I’m happy to hear it will continue. Such a long wait for the next new episode, though…!

Margot
Margot

So happy that they’ve renewed Dallas for a third season.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Fantastic news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ces
Ces

I’m SO happy to hear this!! I love spending my Monday’s with Josh Henderson. YUM!! 😀 Great show!

Don
Don

This is great news. Glad to see them coming back. I am currently watching the original Dallas, and just started season 12.

Bryon B
Bryon B

Very happy this show is renewed for a 3rd season. This is a great show, very entertaining. Since this will be premiered in the summer, I’m sure the ratings will be better. This past season was on Monday nights during the winter, which faced more competition. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s up with the Ewings and new feuds.

Bryon B
Bryon B

Oops, just realized that it’s for first part of 2014, I remembered reading another article and it was originally predicted to be summer 2014. I’m sure the ratings will be good and looking forward to another exciting season.

Gracies BFF
Gracies BFF

Wonderful news!!!

Thanks TNT .

Gillian
Gillian

Awesome! Can’t wait!

Carol Bryan
Carol Bryan

Sooooo looking forward to Season 3. I’m hooked again!!

kim
kim

YES…a third season would be great!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Yessssss!!! love this show.

Dan
Dan

Awesome news! I thought Dallas was on fire in Season 2, and even though the ratings weren’t as good as the first season, I’m glad TNT decided to keep it around. I just hate having to wait until 2014 to see what happens next, lol.

Charday
Charday

Awesome!! DALLAS is my favorite show on television. Hope to see more of Cliff Barnes! And how about ole Katherine Wentworth?

lisa
lisa

This is terrific ! I loved the original series and have thoroughly enjoyed watching the re-boot.
Keep it coming !!

Jennifer Janeiro
Jennifer Janeiro

Yes so happy!!!!!

Rodd
Rodd

Absolutely thrilled! Love this show!

Patrick
Patrick

“Thank God” – “Amen”

The whole cast is delivering.

save for sometimes…. Jordana Brewster… but that could be because she’s obviously playing supporting act.

I’m happy! for Bobby – Sue Ellen – Cliff – have to acknowledge the stalwarts…. the younger brood is all the greater for them.

for the first time in a long time…. watching the whole cast ACT is easy to do.

AJ
AJ

Awesome news!!!

Looking forward to seeing John Ross return to his evil ways, and watching Christopher figuring out the only way to fight is to do it dirty.

bc
bc

Nope to dallas. The only soap from tnt worth watching is the NBA! Traditional soaps can’t compete w/ the drama and excitement from NBA games. Practically everything is reality tv now. And the NBA is reality tv that is real. The off court and on court drama! Trading between teams! Injuries affecting rosters! The trash talking between coaches and athletes. The hilarious fashion from NBA athletes! The competition between teams! These athletes are very talented and disciplined of course. They wouldn’t reach the elite level of competing at the NBA if they were not disciplined. It’s not like w/ actors where some of them make it bec they used to model and have the right look for roles. Some are related to a hollywood figure and use that to get roles. None of those factors matter w/ NBA. And that makes the NBA all the more entertaining and admirable. And the NBA is even more racially diverse compared to hollywood tv shows bec an NBA game is a tv show. The “leading men” of the NBA are majority African american. But of course there are white athletes and foreign athletes. There are Latino american athletes and the NBA has its Asian american athlete. The racial diversity from the NBA is superior to hollywood’s racial diversity bec sports is a meritocracy while “acting talent” is opinion based. The NBA is very soapy. And it’s at its soapiest now w/ the playoffs!

AJ
AJ

Why you posting here instead of espn.com or nba.com?

Mike
Mike

Yes I am enjoying the show , like to see someone brought in with that roughneck cowboy attitude like JR and his daddy had, but great show.

cris
cris

The writers have done a fantastic job in season 2! Love how the characters are developing. Great selection of music at the end of last show. JR was said to be “The man you love to hate” hope John Ross will be “The son we love to hate”. Looking forward to season 3. Keep up the good acting! Terrific selection of actors visiting and permanent. Thanks.

Connie Ford
Connie Ford

This is great news. The younger generation has shown they can carry this saga forward without any difficulty. John Ross is his Daddy made over. Really has his Momma wrapped around his little finger.The entire cast great.Keep up the great work.

T.F.
T.F.

Love this show, keep up the great work!

natnic
natnic

I can’t believe I will have to wait that long to see all my Dallas faves again. I adore Pamela and John Ross but can really root for the other characters like Ann, Emma, Sue Ellen, Bobby, Drew, even Bum.

Charday
Charday

When does filming begin on the third season?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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