Critique: TNT’s Dallas Episode 16 – ‘Blame Game’

Blame Game, Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, TNT

I cringed when I saw J.R. and Bobby’s instant-messaging exchange in “Blame Game.” This episode was filmed after Larry Hagman’s death last fall, so I’m guessing the producers created the sequence using leftover footage of the actor. (J.R.’s presence during Ann’s sentencing appears to be recycled too.) I’m all for rescuing Hagman from the cutting […]

Dallas Parallels: The Good Husband

Dallas Parellels - The Good Husband 1

The original “Dallas’s” pilot, “Digger’s Daughter,” opens with Bobby and Pam racing home to Southfork after their spur-of-the-moment elopement in New Orleans. Later, J.R. hints his younger brother doesn’t know his new wife as well as he should – a suggestion Bobby flatly rejects. As he declares in the episode’s final scene, “Pamela’s past is […]

The Best & Worst of TNT’s Dallas: Season 1

The Great One

The first season of TNT’s “Dallas” brought the Ewings back to series television after a two-decade absence. I loved it – mostly. Performances The new “Dallas” cast divides into two categories: Larry Hagman and everyone else. As the now-elderly J.R., Hagman was sometimes mischievous, sometimes moving and always magical. Trying to figure out how Hagman does […]

Things Ewings Say

Don’t darlin’ her, either (Photo credit: Mark Seliger/TNT)

J.R. isn’t the only sharp-tongued Ewing on TNT’s “Dallas.” To help you prepare for tomorrow’s telecast of “Revelations,” the first-season finale, we offer this review of memorable lines from other characters. • “Count your blessings, Christopher. Those two old geezers would still find a reason to fight.” Lucy (Charlene Tilton), after her cousin announces J.R. […]

Things Ewings Say (J.R. Edition)

Bullets don’t seem to have much of an effect on him (Photo credit: Mark Seliger/TNT)

If the first season of TNT’s “Dallas” taught us anything, it’s this: J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) still has a way with words. With “Revelations,” the eagerly awaited season finale two days away, here’s a look back at some of his best lines. • “Son, the courts are for amateurs and the faint of heart.” Responding […]

Drill Bits: Ratings Rise Again for TNT’s Dallas

Charlene Tilton, Collateral Damage, Dallas, Lucy Ewing, TNT

TNT’s “Dallas” isn’t pulling the kind of numbers it did on opening night, but the show continues to perform well. The July 18 telecast of the latest episode, “Collateral Damage,” was seen by 3.9 million viewers, making it that evening’s second most-watched cable program behind USA’s “Royal Pains.” “Dallas’s” July 18 audience included 1.2 million viewers […]

TNT’s Dallas Styles: Marta’s Dress

Unraveled

All season long, TNT’s “Dallas” has used Marta’s hair and wardrobe to telegraph her shifting moods and evolving identity. This practice continues in “Collateral Damage,”when the bipolar vixen goes off her medication – and eventually, off the deep end. When we meet Marta in TNT’s “Dallas” pilot, “Changing of the Guard,” the character pretends to […]

Drill Bits: This Week, Ratings Rose for TNT’s Dallas

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Harris Ryland, Mitch Pileggi, Patrick Duffy, TNT, Truth and Consequences

Ratings for TNT’s “Dallas” rebounded this week after dipping on Independence Day. Approximately 3.4 million viewers watched “Truth and Consequences,”the show’s fifth episode, on July 4. Although the audience was down about 18 percent from the previous week – no surprise there, TV audiences always shrink on holidays – “Truth and Consequences” still managed to […]

TNT’s Dallas Styles: Tommy’s Hat

The outsider

In “The Enemy of My Enemy,” Tommy comes charging into Rebecca’s apartment, grumbling about the crowd at the coffee shop he’s just returned from. “People in Texas are way too friendly. It tries my nerves,” he says. The line reminds us that Tommy is an outsider in Dallas – and so does the hat Callard Harris […]

The Art of TNT’s Dallas: ‘The Enemy of My Enemy’

Art of Dallas - The Enemy of My Enemy

J.R. (Larry Hagman) does a little business via smartphone in this publicity shot from “The Enemy of My Enemy,” the sixth episode of TNT’s “Dallas.” Photo credit: Zade Rosenthal/TNT.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 253 other followers