#DallasChat Daily: What Are Dallas’s Best/Worst Recasts?

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“Dallas” recast several roles over the years. Which ones worked? Which ones failed? Among the choices: Miss Ellie (played by Barbara Bel Geddes and Donna Reed), Gary (David Ackroyd, Ted Shackelford), Pam (Victoria Principal, Margaret Michaels), Digger (David Wayne, Keenan Wynn) and Kristin (Colleen Camp, Mary Crosby). There were also three Jennas: Morgan Fairchild, Priscilla […]

The Dal-List: Dallas’s 8 Most Moving Funerals

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J.R. Ewing will be laid to rest in “J.R.’s Masterpiece,” a special “Dallas” episode that TNT will telecast on Monday, March 11. Raise a glass of bourbon (and don’t forget the branch!) as we recall the most moving funerals from the original series, as well as two Ewing funerals seen on its “Knots Landing” spinoff. […]

The Dallas Decoder Guide to Barnes/Ewing Romances

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John Ross and Pamela (Josh Henderson, Julie Gonzalo) are steaming up the screen on TNT’s “Dallas” this season. Everyone knows this isn’t the first time a Barnes and a Ewing have got involved with each other. But did you realize it’s also not the second, third or even fourth time it’s happened? Here’s a look […]

The Dallas Decoder Guide to that Darned Barnes Family

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The Barneses are back: In “Revelations,” the first-season finale of TNT’s “Dallas,” we learned Rebecca Sutter Ewing is Pamela Rebecca Barnes, Cliff’s daughter. Need a refresher on the rest of the Barneses? Here’s a look at who’s who, how they’re related to each other and the Ewings and some of their family traditions, including their penchant […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You Were Jock’s Girl All Along’

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In “Jock’s Trial, Part 2,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie and Bobby (Barbara Bel Geddes, Patrick Duffy) join Pam (Victoria Principal), Cliff (Ken Kercheval) and Maggie (Sarah Cunningham) at the hospital bedside of Digger (Keenan Wynn), who is dying. DIGGER: Ellie. ELLIE: Hello, Digger. DIGGER: I wanna talk to you. Cliff? CLIFF: I’m right […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 52 – ‘Jock’s Trial, Part 2’

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Digger dies at the end of “Jock’s Trial, Part 2,” and this is not an insignificant thing. The character appeared on “Dallas” just 14 times, but his shadow loomed large when he wasn’t around. After all, Digger’s name is included in the title of “Dallas’s” first episode, even though he shows up just once in that […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I’ve Got to Feel Useful Again’

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In “Second Thoughts,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Pam (Victoria Principal) walks into Cliff’s bedroom and finds Digger (Keenan Wynn) packing. PAM: Daddy, you’re really going? DIGGER: Yeah. PAM: Why? DIGGER: I’m not needed here. Nothing to keep me. PAM: Well, there’s me. And Cliff. We’re family. We need each other. DIGGER: Oh, now come on, […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Don’t Know Where it’s Gonna End’

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In “Rodeo,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie and Digger (Barbara Bel Geddes, Keenan Wynn) stroll together alongside a fence at Southfork. DIGGER: All those months in California put some money in my pocket. Made me remember how good it feels to work hard and get paid for it. I have been on the wagon […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’ve Got a Grandson’

Cliff Barnes, Dallas, Digger Barnes, Keenan Wynn, Ken Kercheval, Lost Child

In “The Lost Child,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Cliff and Digger (Ken Kercheval, Keenan Wynn) walk out of the hospital after visiting Pam, who has suffered a miscarriage. CLIFF: You feel OK? DIGGER: A little sad. CLIFF: About Pam? DIGGER: And you. CLIFF: Me? You don’t have to worry about me. I’m fine. We’re both […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 32 – ‘The Silent Killer’

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“Dallas” recasts two pivotal roles in “The Silent Killer:” Keenan Wynn succeeds David Wayne as Digger Barnes and Mary Crosby replaces Colleen Camp as Kristin Shepard. Both newcomers instantly put their own stamp on the characters. Wayne played Digger during “Dallas’s” earliest episodes, offering an angry performance that helped establish the show’s dark tone when […]

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