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TONIGHT: An All-New Episode of DALLAS! And, Do You Give Bobby and Ann's Relationship A Thumbs Up?

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The hot ticket in television these days is TNT’s Dallas, and tonight on an all-new episode, more backstabbing and Ewing drama unfolds!  Here is the lowdown: In an episode entitled “The Enemy of My Enemy,” John Ross is bothered by the weight of having to do his father’s dirty work and decides to move into Southfork.

Meanwhile, strife continues to grow between Ann and Bobby when it is revealed she went to her ex for help with a family problem, and Rebecca approaches Bobby and Christopher with information that she believes might help save the ranch.

Don’t miss Dallas tonight on TNT at 9PMEST/PST.    Watch a preview of the new episode after the jump, and then weigh-in on this week’s Dallas question below.

While many soapers have said they wish Bobby and Pam were on the show together, many are loving the relationship between Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Ann (Brenda Strong).  What is your opinion?  Are you digging Bobby and Ann?  Or, are you still wanting to see Bobby and Pam? Let us know!

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  1. shelly

    July 11, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I do like bobby and Anne as a couple, although I would like to see the issue of “Pam” put to rest once and for all. As an old school viewer, it seemed completely out of character for Pam to run away from Christopher, the baby she wanted so badly. Time has passed, surgeries can be performed (she certainly had the financial resources to go all over the world for it), and some reference can be made to her whereabouts. It is my understanding that her portrayer, has no interest in returning; and that’s absolutely her choice. But I think at some point the writers have to address her absence. Just saying.

    • Sara

      July 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      I have a couple theories about Anne…

      Theory 1
      The first one is that she originally was a scam artist like Rebecca and that is why she sympathizes with Rebecca. In this theory Anne would have done the same thing Rebecca has done by falling for the guy she was trying to scam. He ex-husband could have been involved in some way also which might explain the tension there is between Anne and her ex.

      or

      Theory 2
      My second theory is a bit of a stretch but it’s possible. I think that Anne could actually be Pam. Either she doesn’t remember who she is or she does and has a good reason as to why she isn’t telling anyone. Like I said…this is a stretch. Actually…it might be more of a hope as I loved the character of Pam but it could be possible as she was in a fire and she could look completely different…after all…they did that on Dynasty with Steven.

      • gloria

        July 15, 2012 at 7:55 pm

        I wonder about Tommy & Rebecca. Remember when Carter McKay (played by George Kennedy) moved in next door to Southfork & he had a daughter Tracy, who got with Bobby & he had an awful criminal son named TOMMY played by the guy who played Cole on Y&R? Could there be a connection here? Some sort of revenge from these 2 for their parents (uncle, aunt, grandfather, whatever) I love this new Dallas so much, just hearing the opening music sets all right in the world for me. (Almost, just wish we could get OLTL back for God’s sake)

  2. MBmomof3

    July 11, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I love this show. I think Bobby and Ann are an interesting and likeable couple, but I’d love it if Pam showed up and drama ensued.

  3. Iakovos

    July 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I love Brenda Strong as Ann Ewing. Bobby cvlearly moved on with Jenna Wade and April Stevens in the last seasons of the original. Wasn’t there another Ewing son or two? I think the return of Pam is not the best thing and, if one has to have that, make it quick and finish it. Bobby and Ann are interesting and there is a good chemistry between Patrick Duffy and Miss Strong. They are the new Jock and Ellie.

    • shelly

      July 12, 2012 at 7:14 am

      As I remember, I could be wrong, Bobby fathered a baby boy (Lucas) with Jenna Wade. Ray, in love with Jenna quickly took over the father role and the 3 of them left town…(out of character for Bobby who would always step up to his responsibilities). Incidentally, I remember Donna calling Ray from her hospital room saying she’d just given birth to a girl she named after Ray’s mother, Margaret. Ray barely batted an eye and didn’t seem to care. I’ll bet that child all grown up now, has some issues wtih her dad and the Ewing family.

      • kay/kay

        July 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

        Shelly you are correct their was a lot of mistakes made after 1985 the dream storyline and several characters were written out after Duffy came back. Priscilla Presley who played Jenna at the time was pregnant in real life so they decided to go that route. Larry Hagman was too involved at this time and drinking quite a bit on set. The show took a nose dive in the ratings Ray and Donna were very good friends off screen and were very upset with the direction the show went. Dack Rambo who played cousin Jack was suppose to play the good guy after Duffy left but once they found out he waas bisexual they kinda of cut him off at the knees. At least that is what Dack Rambo qouted in several interviews that was the way back in the 80’s. I would like for them to address that but Ray has been blink you miss him I feel Lucas being a blood Ewing would make for great story.

      • Iakovos

        July 12, 2012 at 9:09 am

        Thank you! I am wondering then if this Tommy may really be Lucas. If so, there is motivation for his actions to bring down Christopher take Ewing money and Rebecca (product of Jenna and someone else down the pike) would not be biologically related to Christopher… or maybe not even a sister at all!

        Or would the new DALLAS producers prefer to make some of those final seasons of the original run a bit of a dream, too!

      • barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

        July 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

        There’s a lot of interesting history to be explored, I do believe Bobby did father a son with Jenna Wade, But Like you, I can be wrong, Also agree that it would be out of character for Bobby not to be with his son or have him in his life most of the time. So I wonder where he is?

      • kay/kay

        July 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

        Hey Barbara T Jenna Wade married Ray and they raised the child Lucas and moved overseas he sold his ranch to the character George Kennedy played. As I mentioned above they really started screwing with the show when P Duffy came back we lost Pam Donna Jenna & Ray in the next two seasons. Donna moved to Washinton and had a girl by Ray and married some congressman. Totally screwed that show up after 1985 just my opinion however.

  4. Jeff

    July 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I personally think that Bobby and Ann together is good. Brenda Strong IMO is a much better actress than Victoria Principal.

  5. MK

    July 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I love Ann and Bobby, they are the new Jock and Ellie!

    • barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

      July 12, 2012 at 6:18 am

      That’s how I feel to, I wonder about the necklace, And why receiving it made her take off and cry only to have her put it on, It has something to do with her past. I Love a good mystery.

  6. Brian

    July 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I am watching the show and enjoying it, but must say that Southfork seems rather small in todays sence of estate properties.

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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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