No Emmy Love for ‘Dallas,’ Again

Dallas, Emma Bell, Emma Ryland, TNT

At least we have Emma

The Primetime Emmy nominations were announced today, and “Dallas” was nowhere to be found.

This comes as a surprise to absolutely no one, of course. Although the TNT series was eligible in several categories, it wasn’t regarded as a strong contender.

Other prime-time soap operas fared better. PBS’s “Downton Abbey” received 12 nominations, including one for best dramatic series, while ABC’s “Scandal” was nominated in three categories, including a nod for Kerry Washington in the lead dramatic actress race.

ABC’s “Nashville,” which was nominated for two Emmys last season, received none this year.

TNT received five nominations: three for its cancelled “Mob City” drama and two for an American Film Institute tribute to Mel Brooks.

This year’s most-nominated show is HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which received 19 nods, followed by FX’s “Fargo” (18) and “American Horror Story: Coven” (17), and AMC’s Breaking Bad (16) and HBO’s The Normal Heart (16).

“Dallas’s” exclusion from this year’s competition continues the franchise’s tortured history with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Emmys’ parent organization.

Barbara Bel Geddes received the lead actress award in 1980, Bruce Broughton picked up Emmys for music composition in 1983 and 1984, and Travilla won the costume design award in 1985.

On the other hand: Larry Hagman never won an Emmy for playing J.R. Ewing on the original “Dallas,” and last year, he was snubbed for a posthumous supporting actor nomination for his work on the TNT series. Producers also shamefully excluded Hagman from the special “in memoriam” tributes during the Emmy broadcast.

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  1. Jennifer Irons says:

    Even though this is not surprising, it still makes me really angry that Dallas doesn’t warrant even 1 nomination at all! This is the best show on tv, by far, and the fact that Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and Josh Henderson were snubbed yet again is so disheartening! All three of them deserved a nomination in my opinion. Until Dallas gets nods in the future, I will NOT be watching the Emmys at all!

  2. Michelle says:

    Even though I’m English, I’m massively p****d off that my girl Linda Gray was ignored again.

  3. Marilyn Hadey says:


  4. Dallas was criminally ignored or dismissed back in the 80s by the opinion formers and snobbish tv critics; from their point of view Dallas fell between two stools:- it was seen as a “bad” show by them (wrongly ofcourse) but because it mostly avoided descending into Dynasty style silliness ( at least in its glory days ) didn’t quite fall into that ironic category “so bad it’s good!”

  5. Jo Baker says:

    I’ve been a huge fan of the show Dallas since it all began in 1978! I cant think of any television series that aired for 14 yrs, had the ratings it had especially the episode cliff hanger Who Shot JR, came back 33 yrs later and started a new series of Dallas TNT with the 3rd generation family members along with some of the original cast that couldn’t possible deserve many many awards and nominations! It just has never happened and to shun those actors and actresses of no nominations what so ever is just unbelievable! The new cast are all so talented and wonderful but for the emmys to not recognize Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy is absolutely heartbreaking! They deserve so much credit for the characters they played in the original and then be willing to come back all these years later and pour the hearts and time into the scripts again, I just don’t understand how they can continue to be ignored! I know they don’t do it for recognition and awards, they do it for us longtime fans who will continue to stand beside them and support them no matter what! So cheers to the 3 musketeers and oh how I miss Larry Hagman!

  6. It’s a shame that Dallas wasn’t nominated for an Emmy. It must be all the A-Listers TV series that think they are better have gobbled up all the nominations. Some of the shows that were nominated this year I never watch. They are always the same boring concept, either a comedy or a drama that I never heard of or don’t care.

  7. Patricia Martin says:

    I love Dallas. Larry Hagman definitely should have received some sort of award.
    I haven’t even heard of the ones they picked. who picks these?

    • What I especially can’t forgive is the refusal of any TV or film awards ceremony in the US or UK to even mention Larry Hagman in their sections when they remembered those actors who passed ( or passed away as we Brits say ) in the preceding year. Shame on them!

  8. It is b/c Emmy administrators are legally retarded C.B.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I have never been a bigger fan of such a talented cast and writers! Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray are still as awesome as ever and then mix the new cast member,Josh Henderson who is wonderful as JR’S son, I can not believe that such talents go unnoticed again and again! I simply love this show and will continue to watch while ignoring some of the ones that the crtitics are so in love with. I am ready for another 14 year run of this new Dallas and hope it will get the recognition that it deserves!


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