Dallas Is Coming Back! And No, It’s Not A DreamFebruary 8, 2011
One of the greatest soaps for me back in the late 70s and early 80s was Dallas. The tale of warring families, greed, double dealing and outrageous wealth set in the Texas oil industry was catnip to me, and many millions of viewers around the world. When you heard that theme start to chime from your idiot box in the corner of your living room, you knew you were in for a good night.
And the characters! Introducing the Oil rich Ewing family led by Miss Ellie, the permanently beaming matriarch; Jock, the big daddy; fighting brothers goody two shoes Bobby and wicked, fabulous JR, and their respective wives, drippy Pamela and unstable Sue Ellen. Aahh, Sue Ellen. The only woman for whom the sound of rattling jewellery would be mistaken for the ice in her drinks. Then there was Lucy, the Exocet missile of teenage oestrogen, riding her conquests like a rodeo bronco.
There were other smaller, but significant players on this show including Cliff Barnes. And then there was Sue Ellen’s psychiatrist, Dr Simon Ellby who appeared in a later series. Truly the scariest man I ever saw on television.
And how could any of us forget the Who Shot JR episode? That cliffhanger was an absolute belter. The world went nuts, and if I remember correctly, we had to wait six months or something before we found out who did it. That was real event TV. There were no spoilers from crappy soap and gossip magazines in those days.
So why mention all of this? Because it’s being taken out of mothballs and repackaged for a new generation by the TNT Network. Some of the original cast including Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing) and Larry Hagman (JR Ewing) will feature alongside the grown up Ewing progeny who will be the main focus in this version. It’s not a remake as much as a continuation, according to TNT boss Michael Wright. It takes the next generation of Ewings and continues the battles, he said. Fair enough, I say. I imagine most people will tune in initially for the nostalgia, though I bet TNT Network will be crossing their fingers, toes and bum cheeks in the hope that people will stick around after that moment has passed.
Taking part in Dallas: The Next Generation means that Patrick Duffy probably won’t have time to do any more of these:
It is possibly one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen and I don’t know why he did it, but I think it’s genius. Why this didn’t go viral I will never understand. Maybe the crab should’ve been a Lol! Cat. Duffy’s a brilliant straight guy in this. I would recommend the one where the crab tries to explain Facebook to him.
I put this one up just for fun. I found it when I was searching for a vid of the theme tune:
Yes, the reach of Dallas is long. And long may it continue.