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TONIGHT: An All-New Episode of DALLAS! – Watch A Preview!

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After last week’s season two premiere of Dallas, the backstabbers are back in an all new episode tonight on TBT at 9PMEST/PST time!

In the episode entitled “Sins of the Father,” when new evidence mysteriously surfaces pointing to foul play in Tommy’s disappearance, Christopher aims to connect Pamela to the crime. J.R. and John Ross maneuver on two fronts to reclaim their birthright, including poisoning one family member against another.  Pamela continues to push her father’s agenda to gain control of Ewing Energies.  As a new member of the family arrives at Southfork, Ann is pushed to the brink by Ryland’s sadistic games and finally takes action.

Fans thus far have given rave reviews to soap opera alum and favorite, Judith Light for her deliciously evil portrayal of Harris Ryland’s mother! What secrets do you think her presence will reveal in the story?  Are you excited to see more Judith?

Watch a promo for tonight and the new season, and check out returning Dallas favorites:  Ken Kercheval,Ted Shackelford, Charlene Tilton, Cathy Podewell, and Deborah Shelton in the clips too!

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MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’m loving nuDallas. Yee Hawww!

Patrick
Patrick

isn’t it something… how it immediately grabs you and pulls you in?

it’s like i’m transfixed…
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Prime Time (Blah) comes and goes so fast….. reason i love soaps….

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BUT! nuDALLAS… is intriguing…. compelling…. FANS… puhlease watch! for ratings sake…
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yeah, i just finished the two-hour premiere…..

as usual…. it’s Anne and Sue Ellen that had me in tears….

Anne finding her kidnapped daughter – and watching Sue Ellen pour that glass of wine and poor it out….

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knowing that JR is R.I.P…. didn’t alter my perceptions of how good Dallas is.

Patrick
Patrick

Gosh darn it…

Sue Ellen to JR…. “if you can behave yourself… would you like a cup of tea”

Bobby….. searching for Ann’s daughter….

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that comaraderie…. between Ann and Sue Ellen …. so remniscent of Pam and Sue Ellen. The spark and energy with Ann and Sue Ellen is provoking…. whether they be allies…. fighting over their sons…. men…. you name it…

Michael
Michael

Judith Light is great in this as usual even though she is only three years older than Mitch Pileggi.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Yeah, but she is such a good actress she will pull it off with an assist from the make up department.

Shelly
Shelly

Not sure if I’ll make it. Late night last night due to Super Bowl watching my Ravens kick ass. Up early for work (UGGH, when will they make SB Monday a national holiday?). I may have to catch this episode on On Demand. Sorry.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Loving the show! One of the best on TV! And I’m loving John Ross with Pamela!!!

Dan Young
Dan Young

What are tlhe ratings for last night – Season 2 2nd show?

Dmitri
Dmitri

Better than the daytime soaps by far! DAYS was my favorite soap, but has been SO boring for the past year! I still read the recaps for DAYS, but now I’m spending time watching Dallas instead of DAYS.

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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.

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.

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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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