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Will We Ever See a Bobby and Pam Reunion on TNT's New DALLAS?

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When longtime fans of the hit series, Dallas  heard that when the new updated version would not include Pam Ewing (played by Victoria Principal) but that instead Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) would be wed to his new wife, Anne (Brenda Strong)  many were miffed.

But in a piece out today from HitFix.com with an interview from series star, Patrick Duffy, offered up several of the reasons Pam won’t be back, for now!  When Victoria Principal left Dallas in 1987, Pam was written off after a fiery car crash left her disfigured.  The character briefly reappeared on the show one season later in the form of Principal lookalike Margaret Michaels, when it was revealed Pam underwent plastic surgery following the crash and was suffering from a terminal disease with only a year left to live. But the storyline ended there, and fans were left to wonder if Pam really did perish.

Patrick Duffy weighed-in! “Our Executive producer Cynthia Cidre has said that any actor who’s still alive who was on Dallas, has the potential is they could appear. Victoria’s character never died on camera.  Potentially that character could come back..  But, the last time Victoria and I spoke, maybe six months ago, she said she really has no desire to resume an acting career.  She runs this empire she has of self-help, cosmetics, all this other stuff she’s doing and that’s her full-time passion.  Maybe as a lark, but certainly not in any discussion that I know of.   She would be welcomed!”

Duffy went on to say that Bobby’s new wife Ann is pretty cemented into the story, so even if Pam were to come back, Bobby and Ann have something solid. “Even if the show is able to bring Pam back, I must say it wouldn’t be to resume the role of Mrs. Bobby Ewing.  I think that the writers are married both literally and figuratively to the Bobby/Ann relationship, which I love because Brenda is unbelievable.”

So what do you think of Bobby moving on with his life with a new women? Do you wish Victoria Principal would come back to stir the pot, if the series got a second season? The new Dallas premieres June 13th on TNT at 9PMEST!

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kay killgore
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kay killgore

I think Victoria Principal closed that door when they brought back Patrick Duffy after the Dream year and made her weak etc the writing! I loved her I thought their story was great but their was some tensions on the set etc she has went on and let’s be honest she has had a lot of plastic surgery and Hollywood is not kind to women who look different she won’t be back I for one loved their story but a lot of politics as usual were involved with the last years. Anxious to see if it is any good!

barbara t
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barbara t

I think she did to, Close the door,I just dug out my Dallas book, Its loaded with information from the beginning to the end maybe I will run into something real interesting, Its been years since I picked it up to read so I will refresh my memory with another good read about Dallas. I am looking forward to seeing it again.I loved Pam and Bobby to I also liked Sue ellen, She was my favorite. The whole cast was good, hope this series is as good as the first dallas, Cant wait for it to start.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

It was good so many years ago…But could they do it again?????????? I”m not watching it………..Maybe if they brought back Dnasthy…

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Pam has left the building. And it’s OK. Sometimes characters leave the canvas and stories can continue. Such developments make for more story possbilities and more drama.

toscanti
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toscanti

I enjoyed VP as “Pam” but I have to agree that her ship has sailed. If she would come back sounds like it would be a temporary thing. Curious to see the New Dallas.

lisa
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lisa

What about bringing back Sasha Mitchell who played James Beaumont ,J.R.’s illegitimate son ?

Joe Siegler
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Joe Siegler

Fans were miffed? Not this one. I detested Pam – one of the most annoying characters ever. I actually applauded when her car exploded. That they didn’t have the guts to TRULY kill the character was disappointing. Besides, Bobby has a new wife in the new series. That’s Brenda Strong as Ann Ryland Ewing. On top of that, the guest stars appearing from the old show are already known. We’ll get Ray, Lucy, & Cliff Barnes. The series is in the can, and hey could surprise us sure, but I don’t think we’re getting any other surprise characters from the… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

I would’nt say I detested Pam I really could care less if she comes back or not, But it would be interesting if she did show up and try to weasel her way back into bobbys life but there’s no way he will leave his wife for her, Then she could ride off in the sunset again. Looking forward to seeing dallas and all of the original cast.

Joe Siegler
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Joe Siegler

I’d rather them come up with a convoluted reason to bring April back then to bring Pam back, which would be a more reasonable explanation for her appearance.

kalamaty
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kalamaty

Looking forward to the reboot! I have a feeling it’s going to be the guilty pleasure of the Summer! Can’t wait!!

Vicki
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Vicki

I would love to have Victoria back on Dallas, but only if Pam and Bobby were to get back together sometime down the line. I can’t see Pam coming back to Dallas and her not being with Bobby at some point. So if Pam and Bobby will not be together I would rather Pam not come back.

Shelly
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Shelly

Yes, Vicki, you’re correct. Patrick Duffy and Victoria Principal have such amazing chemistry, sharing screen time with another actress would not ring true. At this point I say leave well enough alone and tell a new story.

SUNLOVER
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SUNLOVER

WE WANT PAMELA[VICTORIA PRINCIPAL]BACK.LOVE PAMELA..M,UCHOS GRACIAS.DALLAS IS A GREAT TV SHOW.BLESSESS…

barb
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barb

I even liked Bobby being with April when he was married to her. I think she would have been good for the show, if they didn’t kill her off first. She would have stood her own against JR Ewing. I, also, think it would have been great if Pam could have came back to be w/Bobby. But since she may not come back, how about Cliff Barnes himself; Cliff Barnes’s daughter; Jenna’s son, Lucas, which is Bobby’s anyway; Lucy? I think all these people would be a great addition to the Dallas clan. That way it would give them more… Read more »

barb
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barb

They need to also bring back Sasha Mitchell, the one that played JR’s illegitimate son, with his wife and grandson on as well.
It would be even really great if they would bring back as much of the original cast of Dallas on if possible to make it even more interesting, more story plots, twists and turns and so on like that.

geraldineadkins
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geraldineadkins

Not unless Bobbie & and her could married. So no leave well enough alone. Anne is good for Bobby.

SUNLOVER
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SUNLOVER

DALLAS.AMAZING TV-SERIES.PLEASE MAKE NEW GREAT SEASONS WITH PAMELA RETURN.MORE EPISODES WITH;PAMELA[VICTORIA PRINCIPAL],MORE SCENES WITH LUCY[CHARLENE THILTON],MORE SCENES WITH AFTON [AUDREY LANDERS]AND SURPRISES IN NEW SERIES.WITH LOVE AND RESPECT.BLESSESS…MUCHOS GRACIAS.DALLAS-FOREVER LOVE.

Shelia
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Shelia

I think in the second season finding out that Pam had indeed died Bobby should have shown a little grief..She was his first love and the mother of his son.. He was so cold and uncaring. They could of had a letter to Bobby as she did for Christopher with him showing grief. Sue Ellen showed more and even made a comment of what Cliff had done hiding the fact that Pam died just so Bobby could make a snide remark about getting over her a long time ago. It was really disappointing and makes me look at the Bobby… Read more »

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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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