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Will Priscilla Presley Make A Return As Jenna Wade To TNT's DALLAS?

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Could Priscilla Presley be making her way back for a visit to TNT’s Dallas as Jenna Wade to try and come between Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Ann Ewing (Brenda Strong)?

Well according to TV Guide, “Over the summer, Presley got her Facebook friends excited by posting, ‘For all of those who mentioned that you would like to see me on Dallas,  thank you very much for that support! We will see what happens…”‘

And apparently, the writers of TNT’s Dallas season three are considering bringing back Jenna Wade, whom Presley played for five seasons on the CBS version from 1983 to 1988!

Dallas EP, Cynthia Cidre related on a Jenna Wade sighting, “It’s on our planning wall, and we’re thinking about it seriously!”  Cidre went on to say, “I like all conflict, but my heart is with Jock and Miss Ellie and Bobby and Ann.”   If that is any indication on Cidre’s thought process as to whether Jenna has any hope in breaking up Bobby and Ann, it could be a short term story-arc, but who knows?

So, would you like to see Priscilla Presley return to Dallas?  Weigh-in!

 

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Matt
Matt

Eek, I don’t know if I can look at that in hi-def. What’s wrong with aging gracefully?

su0000
su0000

She was so gracefully beautiful..
Why do they/aging women, pump and distort the face when all know their age, those who do that are no longer real..lol

((but then again, many soap stars have done the same including the men ))

vicsze
vicsze

I think that she had some really bad plastic surgery & that the person injected her with something really bad. She has had surgeries to try to rectify the problem, but they can’t fix what has happened. Sad.

Lew S
Lew S

Ooh!

Dale
Dale

NO!!! I’m Dallas fan from 1978 when the show first came on!!! Morgan Fairchild was so great as Jenna Wade!!! Priscilla Presley is a horrible actress & didn’t like then & I don’t like her now!!

Lew S
Lew S

I forgot about Morgan Fairchild. Yeah, bring back the original.

Kyle
Kyle

That would-be awesome for her to return!!!!

Alice
Alice

I like this idea. I loved the character of Jenna!!!

Skp53
Skp53

She wasn’t one of my favorites, but I do enjoy the “old-timers.” The thought of Pam returning was more exciting.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Jenna was a great character. JR liked her. Bring her back. And while they are at it, bring back Donna Culver too.

Joel
Joel

I have been waiting for this!! Always loved both Jenna AND Pam!

Al
Al

I’m always in favor of bringing back some of the vets for a few shows. And without Larry Hagman, I think it can only help for the show to embrace more ties to the original series.

I do think Cynthia is being short-sighted in her comments because the return of Jenna doesn’t automatically have to mean danger to Bobby and Ann’s relationship.

I’ve hoped for a story where a now grown-up Lucas would show up in town mad as hell at Bobby (and the rest of the family by extension), considering Bobby abandoned the child he had with Jenna, letting Ray raise him and having no part in the boy’s life. (And if you got stuck being raised by Ray when you should have been raised as a full-fledged Ewing, how could you not want some payback?).

Lucas coming to town to fight for his share of the family fortune (in a way that Ray never really cared to fight for his share in the original) could naturally lead to Jenna following after him.

It doesn’t always have to be about a triangle, Cynthia! On original Dallas, many of the best stories were about the sibling and parent-child relationships/battles and how the business affected it all, good and bad.

Mary K. Nugent
Mary K. Nugent

Love your thoughts on the Lucas storyline…great idea and in true Dallas fashion! Still holding out hope for a return of Victoria Principal in some way shape or form….loved her!!

Robert
Robert

Forget Victoria Principal, she’s been nothing more then a Royal pain in everyone’s ass about ever returning. It would be nice to return for her fans but even now that’s been waning since she’s been stubborn about coming back, Because she’s very wealthy she has the room to keep saying NO if she were broke that would be a different story. Beside I think she has lost her ability to act she has not done in for so long. Her Stardom fizzled out in the 90’s.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Excellent!

Charday
Charday

Would be great to see Presley back as Jenna Wade! Bring it!

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

I loved her on the show and she was awesome in the Naked Gun movies. I saw her at an event in LA a few years ago and she is so tiny, beautiful, charming and graceful. Loved her with Bobby – if Pam doesn’t come back, I hope Jenna does and they pair her with Bobby again. Super couple.

maggie vinnedge
maggie vinnedge

yes i would i think she will go great on the show

Dwight
Dwight

I wouldn’t want her back long term even though I loved her character and her portrayal. I would love, however, to see her daughter return to the canvas.

Eric Buchanan
Eric Buchanan

DEFINITELY! I have been wishing she could return. Was not very interested in Ann’s ex and daughter taking such a big role in season 2 while Ray, Lucy and Afton were given not more than walk on roles. Note to AMC/OLTL too: if you are gonna focus on older characters, why not use ones the OLDER fans know? The younger fans don’t know the difference and the older folks get a treat. PS: More Audrey Landers!!!

Linda
Linda

NOOOOO!! Priscilla Presley can not act LOL! Maybe a real actress to portray Jenna Wade.

Lori
Lori

I agree with Linda, Priscilla does not have a strong enough acting skills and besides she looks nothing like she did back in those days. Her hair is to red she is back to wearing very dark makeup and she needs to use her own name for a change instead of her ex husbands name. She went back to her maiden name for a while which really fit her better. Why is she still trying to be a Presley when in fact she has not been for many yrs now. I do think Pam still looks really good since the show and and that she could still pull her part off. Will the show still come back since JR has passed away?

natnic
natnic

I would prefer Morgan Fairchild or better yet an actress that has not had tons of plastic surgery. It just makes actresses look strange. A middle aged cougar Charlie would be fun. I didnt watch the show when she was on it so I have no comment but heard her performance was bad.

christine
christine

I would like to see both Jenna and Ray come back as a couple. I would also like to see Charlie come back divorced with three children of her own. It would be interesting to see Charlie as another messed up (Sami Brady) who is always getting into trouble. As for Lucas that would be another interesting concept. Having Lucas in the army would be a very good twist. I will add more later

chris rees
chris rees

I would love Jenna to return, with Lucas in tow, but I think Priscilla has ruined her lovely looks and would prefer to see Morgan Fairchild in the role. Boyd Holbrook or someone similarwould maka a fantastic (nasty) Lucas…

Sandy248
Sandy248

I would love to see Jenna return especially if she brings in Lucas. It would be fun to watch him go at John Ross who claims to be more Ewing than thou. And I can see him fooling around with Emma. Actually Emma probably fools around with any and everybody but it would still be a lot of fun.

Roger
Roger

Bring back CRAZY Kristen, after all, no body really dies in the Soaps. Didnt she run over Bobby, or did she shoot JR ? Only make her nuttier than ever.

Keith
Keith

Kristen drowned in the pool though. I want Donna mills to come to Dallas. I wish she could portray Abby Ewing Sumner but I know there’s rights and crap. We need another bad ass villain

vicky
vicky

would love to see Jenna back

Denise Perry
Denise Perry

Yes, however, due the damage that was done her face, she may want to spin off
by coming back a news that she was in a fire, but kept hidden.

Suggestion,only Please don’t think it is a insult, however, it would be good to see
this team together, those that are still alive,
Have a Happy New Year and Blessed one to all !

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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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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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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.

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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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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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