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TNT's DALLAS Returns Tomorrow! Dallas News Reveals Wish List Of Five Things They Hope Will Happen In Remainder Of Season!

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TNT Dallas fans do not miss the return of the series, when its third season continues with all-new episodes kicking off tomorrow night, Monday, August 18th at 9PMET/8PMCT!

Here’s what you need to know: The summer run of TNT’s Dallas opens in the aftermath of a devastating fire at Southfork Ranch and the unexpected overdose of John Ross’ wife, Pamela Barnes Ewing (Julie Gonzalo). Each member of the family struggles to understand what’s happened, including John Ross, whose two-timing behavior may have finally caught up with him after Pamela discovered him with another woman. To make matters worse, that other woman is Emma Ryland (Emma Bell), the daughter of Bobby’s wife, Ann (Brenda Strong).

Christopher continues to reel after his engagement to Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster) fell through, and the search for his mother ended with news that she died in 1989. He has found some comfort in a new relationship with Heather (AnnaLynne McCord), a 20-something ranch hand and single mother. But Heather’s ex-husband has just returned, bringing turmoil back into her life and the life of her 5-year-old son.

Elena, who grew up at Southfork as the daughter of the Ewings’ cook, Carmen Ramos (Marlene Forte), recently learned that the Ewings may have cheated her father out of valuable land by altering the original deed. Consumed with thoughts of justice for previous wrongs against her family, Elena has turned to an old childhood friend, Nicolas Treviño (Juan Pablo Di Pace).

 

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The Ewings’ chief nemesis, Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), has done everything he can to bring the Ewing family down, including getting his daughter, Pamela, to infiltrate the family by marrying Christopher. But after an attempt to sabotage an oilrig resulted in injuring Pamela and killing her and Christopher’s unborn twins, Cliff suddenly found his daughter turning against him. Pamela helped the Ewings gain a controlling interest in Barnes Global, then settled in for what she hoped would be a happy life with her new husband, John Ross.

Bobby’s wife, Ann, continues to battle with Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi), her scheming ex-husband who claims to be a government informant helping to shut down a drug smuggling operation. Ann also continues to build a relationship with her daughter, Emma, a sheltered beauty who has jumped in bed with John Ross – both literally and figuratively – in a bid to stir up trouble for her father, Harris. Things become even more difficult for everyone with the return of Harris’ controlling mother, Judith (Judith Light), who not only owns a controlling interest in her son’s transportation business but also runs a high-price prostitution ring.

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And to have some fun with the return of the show,the Dallas News revealed five things they hope to see happen when the season returns : 1) Assuming Pamela survives her suicide attempt, wouldn’t it be but wouldn’t it be hideously awesome if she and Emma both ended up pregnant by John Ross? 2) ) Sue Ellen gets sent back to the, er, Dallas Institute for Rehabilitation and Treatment (DIRT), suspected of causing the fire. If so, we can only hope she has better duds than the nasty gray fashion failures from last season. 3) John Ross gets his wish to remodel Southfork, courtesy of the fire — wait! did he have someone set it? — and models it after the Gianni Versace mansion in Florida 4) Bobby’s whiny wife Ann and her ex, mommy’s boy Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi,  go further than that brief kiss they shared earlier this season, setting things up for a hair-pulling, botox-punching cat-ight between Ann and the Harris’ er, doting, mom, Judith (the utterly fabulous Judith Light).  5) We hope that either Elena (Jordana Brewster) or her pseudo-brother, now-lover Nicolas (Juan Pablo di Pace) ends up actually being yet another spawn of dearly departed J.R. Ewing (dearly departed actor Larry Hagman).

So, what do you hope happens when the second half of TNT’s Dallas begins tomorrow night? Share your story ideas and thoughts below!

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  1. Mama

    August 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I wish I could get into this show … but I can’t.

    It’s not even 1/10 as good as the 1978-1991 iconic legend which is DALLAS.

    Getting Victoria Principal back would be ridiculously amazing on every front.

    • Charday

      August 17, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Agree with you about getting Victoria Principal on the show would be awesome. But I differ on the reboot–I love the new DALLAS!

      • davlestev1

        August 17, 2014 at 11:27 pm

        AGREED!!!

    • davlestev1

      August 17, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Hmmm…@Mama..you can’t get into the new show yet you follow posts and make comments about said show. If you can’t stomach it you certainly wouldn’t care what’s being posted about it. I happen to think the show is fun and entertaining and am glad it was brought back. Since it’s 2014 i’m glad they are in no way trying to mimic a late 70’s vibe. SOOOO wouldn’t work. Take off your flowing flowered scarf(that’s tied in a knot)..take off those Foster Grant’s…and above all else…DITCH THE BELL BOTTOMS..and the double dial color tv and come back to Dallas in THIS ERA!!

      • Shelly

        August 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

        LOL! I love those early episodes at the discos. A few years later the big clunky PCs in the offices and dot matrix print outs…. I love new Dallas too and we’ve certainly come a long in pushing the envelope (a 3-way!). Remember Lucy’s first fiancé? I think it was prime time’s first “non flamboyant” gay man. People were shocked at Lucy’s heartbreaking acceptance. I also think of Miss Ellie’s breast cancer (how many women had heard of self exam before these episodes aired?), and society queen Sue Ellen’s life long struggle with alcoholism (usually played for laughs in spaghetti westerns). Just as I watched “Old D” as a tween and teen, I watch “New D” as a middle ager.

      • davlestev1

        August 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        @Shelly LOVE IT. Especially when Knots was Thursday’s go too followed by Friday’s Dallas and Falcon Crest with the great Angela Channing…what better way to follow up J.R. Ewing than with his female counter part…ahhh..those WERE the days!!!

      • k/kay

        August 18, 2014 at 5:31 pm

        It was a great show thru 1985 when Bobby died then Larry Hagman & Patrick Duffy screwed the show up. A dream really? PD could not find work needed the pay check and LH drunk all the time they took over and the show did a nose dive. This is what happens when you let actors step in. I never was able to get involved again because all my crying for Bobby was a joke.

    • Shelly

      August 19, 2014 at 11:57 am

      @davlestev1 Those were the days! Knots, to me, was the beginning of the weekends. You brought back a fun memory when I was a young teen I babysat a kid who watched Dukes of Hazzard at the 8 oclock hour on Friday nights. The deal was, if I sat with him through his entire show, he’d go straight to bed at 9 so I could watch Dallas then FC!

  2. Avatar610

    August 18, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Above all I want Sue Ellen to find sobriety AND a new man- a strong yet decent man who won’t break her heart like J.R. did, even though he did really love her. Also, please give Christopher Ewuing a break!! He’s had so much crap happen to him, he’s become the Job of the show! By the way, I bet 10 to 1 that the story Cliff fed Elena (who’s dumb as a post) about J.R. cheating her late father out of his land turns out to be one big lie. She’s headed for a big fall thanks to Nicolas, and she deserves it. Let’s see if Christopher will even care to help her once the truth comes out…..

  3. Shelly

    August 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Isn’t it about time for uber nut-job Katherine Wentworth to be released from that mental institution? I’m sure Cliff could find a job for her!

    • Charday

      August 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Oh wouldn’t that be krazy fun!!

  4. MBmomof3

    August 18, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Loved the première. Must see TV. Exceeded my expectations. Such an exceptional cast.

    More please!

    • Shelly

      August 19, 2014 at 11:49 am

      My friend and I were messaging back and forth and we both agreed; what a super episode. It was a very fast hour! I never thought I’d look forward to Mondays.

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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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