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TNT's New DALLAS EP, Michael Robin on how the show plans to modernize the series!

The new Dallas remake it getting closer to its debut! TNT will launch the primetime soap on June 13th and to give us a flavor of what to expect, one of the shows executive producers, Michael Robin spoke with The New York Post to give some insight on what faithful Dallas viewers can expect, and what new fans of Southfork will see.  But first the concept: The new Dallas has fast-forwarded the characters 18 years, pitting JR and Bobby’s now-30something sons — John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) — against each other in a repeat of their fathers’ old battles.

Michael Robin on how they were going to modernize the Ewing saga: “We had to make sure it wasn’t campy, that we could legitimize the drama. That’s the critical thing. These shows can fall into silly soapiness really fast, so we had to get the behavior right.  One of the things  Dallas always did really well in the past . . . was its acting style, which used realism, and not melodrama. The actors and the characters would respond to wild things happening in a real way — they wouldn’t push the behavior to make it super-silly like some of the other melodramas. Some of the situations in Dallas were gigantic, but the actors wouldn’t play that.  They’d play it as real, so you went along for the ride, invested in the characters.”

Michael Robin on how he thinks  original Dallas fans will react to the reboot:  “I think fans of Dallas are not going to be disappointed. The characters they grew to love fully are in place. We knew going in, if we didn’t get this right and honor the past properly, the show’s very loyal, vocal fan base would toss us aside very quickly,” he says. But I don’t think that’s going to be the case. We worked hard to make sure there’s truth to the show’s past and a credible evolution of where this whole gang and world is 18 years later.”

So does the new Dallas make you want to drop in on Southfork again? Let us know!

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Loved DALLAS; looking forward to the new-DALLAS> However, what did this EP mean in his reference to “silly soapiness”? Best not be insulting my daytime soaps, mister, ’cause them fightin’ words. LOL!

Melodrama didn’t exist on the old Dallas? PLEASE!!!!!!!

As long as all the originals are on most of the time I will enjoy ,Loved dallas glad its back,I would also like to know what silly soapiness means .LIke bobbys dream is that silly soapiness?Marlena turning into satin,freezing port charles,the alien in port charles I could go on.

Dallas was one of the best tv shows ever. I am so excited about seeing the interaction of the family again.

I’ll be watching. I loved Dallas back in the day and am looking forward to seeing what the Ewings are up to.

His description of the old show is interesting. I watched both Dallas and the spin-off, Knots Landing. His comment about the acting style using “realism, and not melodrama” seems more appropriate to me to apply to Knots, not Dallas.

Neither Dallas nor Knots was as outlandish as Dynasty or The Colbys (anyone else remember the inane storyline about Fallon being abducted by a UFO?). However, I always thought Knots was a little more grounded than Dallas.

Speaking of Knots, I’m wondering why that show has not been “rebooted”? Knots had far more children on it (Bobby, Betsy, Meg, Kate’s new kid) that could serve as the main characters than Dallas did.

Dallas was one of the best TV shows ever in its first 6 to 7 years. And no to those above, it was not campy or melodramatic. Those honors went to Dynasty.

Can’t wait to see the Ewings and what kind of trouble they will stir up in Dallas.

Sooooooooo excited to see this DALLAS reboot. As a series, it was very done although it went on a few seasons too long. That said… It seems this EP is on the money when it comes to how to relaunch this beloved TV show. I like the quote: “honor the past properly.”

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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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