The Dallas Decoder Interview: Patrick Duffy

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Patrick Duffy, TNT

Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing

Patrick Duffy is everything you would expect him to be: smart, thoughtful, funny and above all, kind. I was honored to interview him recently, and I’m excited to share our conversation with my fellow “Dallas” fans.

It’s been eight months since “Dallas” was canceled. How’s life treating you?

Well, it’s been more than a year since the show ended because we were canceled long after we finished filming the third season. It’s been a year of catching up with your own private life, which you never put totally on hold when you’re working, and spending time in the place that you really love to be. I do miss the day-to-day experience of being with those close friends of mine from the show.

Let’s talk about the cancellation. Why do you think TNT dropped the show?

I think it’s not even a secret as to why it was canceled: the regime change at TNT. We had two very strong advocates in [executives] Steve Koonin and Michael Wright. They both left, and in that vacuum, other people wanted to make their mark. They thought “Dallas” harkened back instead of leaning forward. They wanted to clean house, and we happened to be one of the victims.

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

The unexpected

It’s still heartbreaking for fans. How about you?

As Linda [Gray] will tell you, this isn’t our first day at the picnic. We’ve both had shows canceled before. It was a bit of a shock because it was more unexpected than in previous cancellations, where you know the ratings are dying and it’s just a matter of time. This one caught most of us by surprise.

The ratings did drop in the third season, though. What do you attribute that to?

I think everyone would assume part of it was Larry [Hagman] dying. I would not even assume that. I would take that as a definite. [TNT] also split the third season, and we were doing very well under the old method of airing a full season at a time. I don’t really know what to think. I feel the quality of the shows — oddly enough — improved in the third year. Larry’s passing made everybody up their game, which is why I was more than a little surprised and disappointed that we weren’t picked up.

I agree that in a lot of ways, the show was only getting better.

I really thought we had the potential to prove to the world that the show is not about one person. Larry said that year after year. The show is “Dallas,” and “Dallas” can be anything if it’s done correctly. He said that when I left the show, he said it when other people left the show, and he would have said it when he left the show. It would have been harder for him to say it. … [Laughs]

Some fans cite the drug cartel storyline as an example of the new “Dallas” straying too far from its origins. What’s your take?

I don’t know if I agree with that. We see a lot of news about the influence of the drug trade in mid- to southern Texas. So I didn’t object to it. I thought it was a viable subject line. I think it might have been overemphasized. It might have been better as a tangential story instead of an absolute focus, and I think we expanded our cast a bit precipitously. I loved every regular cast member we added, but “Dallas” has always been about the Ewing family, and when you expand it too much and too soon, I don’t think the show stayed as “pure” as it might have been. But those are little things.

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Patrick Duffy, TNT

Fired up

You inspired a lot of fans during the #SaveDallas campaign. What was it like to see so many people rallying behind the show?

I had a double feeling about it. I was so encouraged that so many viewers saw value in our show. At the same time, it was bittersweet because I was more than 75 percent sure nothing was going to happen at TNT. I knew that they weren’t going to say, “Oops” [and reverse the cancellation]. And I knew just enough of the financial complexities of making “Dallas” that it would be next-to-impossible for a new network or entity to take it over. So I felt it was wonderful [that #SaveDallas] was so wishful and positive and hopeful, and yet the Titanic is going down. You can bail as much as you want — and God love everybody who had a bucket — but it’s still going down.

A lot of fans haven’t given up.

I know. I go on Twitter and see how many people are still hashtagging #SaveDallas. And I don’t want to deter anybody from fulfilling every conceivable idea they might have. I live my life that way. I encourage everybody to do their best. I’ve had both my boys in competitions of various sorts over the years, and as a parent you sometimes think, “Oh my God, they’re going to lose so bad.” But what do you do? You don’t say to your kid, “You know, you’re going to lose son, but. …” So you just say, “You can do it. Come on!”

You weren’t involved in the behind-the-scenes discussions, but as far as you know, was there ever a point where the show came close to finding a new home?

I know that [showrunners] Cynthia [Cidre] and Mike [Robin] were desperately meeting with people — bona fide executive meetings all over the place. And Peter Roth at Warner Bros. was devastated when the show was canceled. He wanted to do everything conceivable to see if there was a place where it could reside. But when I would talk to them and they would report with ever-increasing regularity how this conversation fell through, and how that deal couldn’t happen, I started to just think, “Well, I have a feeling we’re putting this one to bed.”

It sounded as if the CW was a real possibility at one point.

Yeah. I think the reason is because of the CBS and Warner Bros. affiliation and the connection to Les Moonves [the CBS president and chief executive officer who once worked for Lorimar, producer of the original “Dallas.”] There were a lot of historical lines there. If a family member was going to bail you out, maybe that would be the one. But again, I think the financial complexity just doomed us.

Ann Ewing, Bobby Ewing, Brenda Strong, Dallas, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

The end?

So you think “Dallas” is over for good?

I’ve learned to never say never. I died once and came back, but I don’t see the situation resolving itself. You would have to gather together the same group of people who’ve been spending the past year moving forward with their careers. But if it happened and I were available, I’d be the first person in line for wardrobe.

Bobby was the steward of Southfork. Would you be interested in taking a creative role behind the scenes — becoming the steward of “Dallas”?

I don’t know if I’m the type of creative person who can do that. “Dallas” is unique. If I understood it and if Larry understood it, the final reunion movie [1998’s “War of the Ewings”] would not have been the turkey it was. We were in charge of that one and it was terrible. I’ll be the first to admit that. So no, I don’t believe I could pick up the reins and produce a continuation of “Dallas.” Cynthia could, and I think she would do it in a heartbeat if she were available and somebody asked her to pick it up again. But I don’t think I know anybody else that could do it.

Do you have any idea what was in store for Bobby? There were a few scripts written for the fourth season. Everyone is dying to know what was in those storylines.

[Laughs] Nothing ever crossed my desk to read for the fourth season, but Cynthia and I were very close and hopefully will remain so for the rest of our lives. And she was telling me what would happen and a lot of it had to do with Christopher’s death. What does it do to Bobby to lose his adopted son, and then what’s in the history of “Dallas” that would eventually bring him out of that? And there are a lot of characters invented in the first incarnation of “Dallas” that could be brought in to play on the new show in a very appropriate way.

Ooh. Can you give an example?

I know Steve [Kanaly] was going to be brought in for a lot of episodes in Season 4. Cynthia knew that he was a definite positive for the show.

So maybe we would finally have seen Bobby’s other son, Lucas, who was raised by Ray Krebbs?

Well, I think that’s got to be the elephant in the room whenever you talk about Bobby losing one son — who is an adopted son. Family was the most important thing to Bobby. So where is the handoff in his mind of who takes over when Bobby dies? That’s his mission, to find that person. So I can’t imagine that they would leave that stone unturned.

I’m also curious about this half-sister of John Ross’s. Any idea who J.R.’s daughter was going to be?

I don’t know at all what they had in mind in terms of casting. I can’t imagine. It’s not uncommon for Texas oil billionaires to have dual families. H.L. Hunt had two families simultaneously for years. And Larry talked about the idea when he was alive. What if J.R. had an entire second life?

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Patrick Duffy, TNT

Simmer down now

So when you look back on the new “Dallas,” what are the highlights?

For me, personally, I loved the maturation of the character of Bobby. I thought Cynthia hit the right note with his aging process, who he was after we saw him after that length of time. She maintained Bobby’s essence, but she gave him that sort of calm outlook. “I’ve lived long enough now. I’m not quite as fiery as I used to be. I know the drill.” I really liked that. I felt very comfortable in his shoes at that time. And speaking of shoes, when the new show was starting production, I went back and thought, “Well, maybe Bobby’s not so cowboy anymore.” And I told wardrobe, find me a really nice pair of Italian slip-on shoes for Bobby to wear. And I put them on the first day of work and went back to Rachel [Sage Kunin, the show’s costume designer] and said, “Dear God, get me the boots. I cannot be Bobby Ewing in these shoes!”

Really?

Really! It didn’t feel right. Linda told me years ago that she can’t be Sue Ellen in flats. She’s got to wear high heels. Sue Ellen wears heels. Bobby has to have boots, and once I came to that realization, then I was okay. [Laughs] But I agreed with everything that Cynthia put him through in the course of those three years. Certain things I objected to, but I know they were right.

Can you give an example of something you objected to?

Well, the thing that I thought was devastating to the character of Bobby was in the reading of [J.R.’s] will when we find out Mama gave half of Southfork to John Ross.

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, TNT

Enemy mine

Yeah, what’s up with that?

Yeah, well, that’s exactly what I said when I read it in the script! First, I called Cynthia and said, “What the hell?” [Laughs] I thought, “Nooo.” First of all, how did that stay hidden for 30 years? But it added such a tension in the storyline. It made me as an actor find different things to do. But I never would have entertained that if I had been in charge and somebody would’ve suggested it. I would have said, “No, that can’t be. That wouldn’t happen. Mama wouldn’t do that. I’m sorry.” But it was the right thing to do.

It really helped elevate Josh Henderson’s character to be Bobby’s new adversary.

And he had one of the hardest parts. How do you be the new J.R. Ewing? But Josh’s growth pattern as an actor playing that part for three years was probably the largest bell curve. And he really filled that responsibility. Brenda Strong had the other hardest part. How do you replace Pamela?

She also had to replace Miss Ellie, in a sense.

She had to replace everybody! [Laughs] She had to replace Sheree [J. Wilson], she had to replace Pamela, she had to replace Mama. My favorite horse, my dog. She had a thankless job and she did it. She was the perfect choice and the perfect rendition of who could fill those responsibilities on “Dallas.”

You’ve mentioned Larry. Do you miss him?

No, I don’t. I’ve said that from the day after he died. I don’t think I’ll ever miss him in the sense that — right now, I’m looking at a picture of the two of us. I’m sitting at my desk and there’s a picture of him and me here, holding a big fish between us that we caught in the river that runs through my ranch.

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, TNT

Brothers

I think we saw that picture on the show.

Probably. We donated a lot of pictures for the show. But I think until the day I die, I will be so satiated with my relationship with Larry. There are no empty spots. There is a sense of longing for the day-to-day connection. That I miss. I miss the phone ringing and he’d go, “Hi-ditty-ditty.” He would always do a little Irish tune before he would say, “Hey.” Those are the moments I miss. But just as I was telling you that, I hear it in my ear. I hear it as clear as if the phone had just rung and he had done it.

I know you remain close to Linda, who’s getting ready to publish her book. Will you write one?

Nope. I admire Linda for writing her book. Larry wrote his. I am too private a person. My private life and my private feelings are exactly that, and if you write a book, it should make you want to be honest. I’ve always had the title of my autobiography, which is “What I Choose to Recall.” I stole the lyrics from Merle Haggard song.

I love that song.

Yeah, and to me it’s the perfect title for an autobiography that’s not totally honest.

That song played during “J.R.’s Masterpiece” during the memorial sequence.

Really? [Singing] “Everything does change, except what you choose to recall.” [Laughs] Had I written it, that would have been the title of my autobiography.

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Comments

  1. Dan in WI says:

    He sure does throw a couple bones to the purist/loyalist types such as myself. So many of us purists believed the drug cartel was way too prominent in TNT season three. Patrick says it well and very diplomatically is stating it is enough of the real Texas today that it is a valid storyline. It just never should have been the central storyline. I can grant that concession and give him that.
    Another bone is that he too states there were too many new non-Ewing characters and the implication is that there were too many unanswered Ewing questions such as Lucas.
    The final bone was his objection to giving John Ross half of Southfork 30 years later. Like he said how could that have been hidden from family eyes for so long? Of course he goes further in his diplomancy to say it was the right thing to do despite his objections. There I think I disagree. If he was saying it was right John Ross have a share he might be right. But again there was no credible way to do that through a will 30 years after the fact and for that reason I still disagree with that decision.

    In the end I totally agree it was the TNT regime change that was the end of Dallas. Now if it were a ratings juggernaught (which it was wasn’t, they were declining) it would have been impossible for the new poeple to ignore it. But since it wasn’t, the new people did what new people do: put there own stamp on things. As soon as I heard new poeple were coming in I new it was over. I was right this time.

    I also love how Patrick acknowledges his failures on War of the Ewings. That is a humble thing to do. But I still disagree Cidre was the right choice. Many fans were fiercely loyal to TNT Dallas and Cidre. In fact I’m surprised by how many are. But the fact remains she never did enough for the CBS purists such as myself and I still believe that is a small factor in the demise of the show. She just wasn’t detail orientated enough for my subset of Dallas fandom.

  2. Lynn Suits says:

    Thank you that was wonderful.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m a little shocked to read how Patrick sees things. He’s too close connected with Cynthia and Michael. He should take a step back and admit that

    – no, the show was NOT going in the right direction, not even in season 3
    – yes, OF COURSE the stupid Mexican drug cartel storyline was misplaced
    – yes, of course the ratings DID dropped lower and lower.

    He’s the same as Cynthia: he doesn’t see (or admit) all these things. Even after one year he doesn’t dare to criticze the hand that fed him.

    Besides, Cynthia had 3 years to come up with a storyline for Steve Kanaly, and now, that the show is over, they are saying Ray was getting more screentime, and Katherine was coming back and bla-bla-bla … sure 😉

    And saying that Cynthia was the only person who could revive the show AGAIN really shows that he didn’t understand anything.

    • I think he’s entitled to his opinions, just like everyone else. I take him at his word.

      • I agree. This was a common refrain on the soapnet Dallas forum, that Patrick was just shilling for Cidre and TNT, and that’s why he won’t “admit” how bad the show was or criticize it. Now, you know I had my complaints with the show, but I don’t just assume that Patrick (or anyone else) must feel the same way and is therefor lying when he says otherwise. Until he says otherwise, I’ll take him at his word, too. I mean, look at what happened in Season 3, his role was expanded as the show become more focused on John Ross vs. Bobby instead of John Ross vs. Christopher, and he even got to direct another episode. So there’s no reason to suspect that he wasn’t perfectly happy with how the show was going. And the show IS over now, he even says he has no real hope of it returning, so it’s not like he has any reason to lie about his feelings now. Just like he talks about how bad War of The Ewings was, if he had major problems with DallasTNT, he could say it.

      • Nicely stated, J.R. Thanks.

  4. I think we all knew that #SaveDallas was an uphill climb. We all also knew as long as there is a chance, it is worth the effort. I would pay to hear the people responsible for cancelling “Dallas,” especially now wit h20/20 hindsight, if they honestly believe they made the right choice. I know what is on TNT now and there is plenty of evidence to show they clearly made the wrong choice. I would just want to hear their explanation as to why might perhaps think they did the right thing.

    This interview is great! I do not think there is a more qualified person to interview Patrick Duffy on the topics you two discuss. Chris, I suspect that after J.R., Bobby is your favorite. Just a hunch.

    There is a is some satisfaction in knowing that the cast really wanted to continue and that there was was every intention in continuing the show. I agree that John Ross was great in season 3. I was surprised by how well Josh Henderson did Episode 1 of season three and he kept it up until the very end.

    I enjoyed and appreciated the drug cartel storyline wit ha few exceptions. I didn’t care for the whole “overthrow the Mexican government” aspect of it was a bit too much. “Dallas” will come back because it has captured the imagination of too many people for it to just disappear.

    • Hey Michael,

      Thanks for reading the interview and also for your kind words. I have to tell you: Interviewing the one and only Patrick Duffy was a pretty big thrill. I’m honored I got to do it.

      Chris

  5. I agree with Patrick, When TNT replaced it’s upper management Dallas was doomed. New guys at the top always want to prove their manhood and look like they are earning their paycheck by kicking somebodies butt. Dallas was the biggest thing in their line up
    so their proved their manhood by throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

  6. Anonymous says:

    At this point it sounds like it doesn’t really matter what anyone thinks. I feel that TNT didn’t want Dallas to make it passed the 1st season. After Larry Hagman was no longer around, they had their way in to say bye-bye Dallas. This show is out the door. I feel that if they cancelled the show while Larry Hagman was still around and was well enough. There would have been a different out come. That’s why they waited until he was out of the picture to do what they did. They made sure the Dallas reboot was going to fail and no one would be able to do anything about it. It would be a shock plus a relief if someone would step forward and prove that TNT didn’t get away with murder, so to speak. But I’m not going to hold my breath on it! “Will you?”

    • I think what Patrick describes is accurate. If “Dallas’s” champions at TNT were still around, the show probably would still be on the air. If nothing else, I’m sure they would have allowed the series to end with a resolution, not a cliffhanger.

  7. I am still sick about the loss of the show and the possible never seeing my favorite characters back on screen again.

  8. What a wonderful interview! Thank you for sharing this! Patrick pretty much sums it up about what happened. It hurts my heart though to see such a wonderful show thrown under the bus for new stuff that is not worthy. I still miss this show so much and the characters were such a part of the viewers. I was so hoping another network would pick it up but I guess that’s not going to happen. I can’t imagine getting to interview Patrick or any of the cast members! I would be star struck, lol. I totally agree with you and Patrick about Brenda Strong. She had to fill everyone’s shoes and did it well! I thought she did a great job. Loved the part about the boots for Bobby and the heels for Sue Ellen! Once again, thanks for sharing. It was a great read, but I had a glimmer of hope about this show but now not so much. Maybe one day, you never know.

    • I loved his comment about the boots too. Isn’t that cool? As far as saving the show: I’ll always hold onto a sliver of hope. Thanks for reading.

  9. Patrick Duffy certainly is a great interview. I miss the show and all the people that complained about it finally got their wish and it got cancelled. I enjoyed the hell out of it and hope it comes back someday, somehow. It will never be the original and to compare it to that was unfair. I enjoyed it for what it was. Would have loved to see more Ray Krebbs in season 4. Steve Kanaly must be upset he didn’t get the chance….

  10. Darrell D VanMeter says:

    I watched the Dallas series, from the very beginning, and when the new Dallas series came about. I was so excited, it started a little out of order for what i expected. And then as it progressed i felt it had a long life, their are so many ways the storyline could could go. I truly believe if done properly, Dallas could have lived on for many seasons to come, it has the potential to become just as big and popular as it was prior. I am really surprised that another network didn’t see the potential new craze that would have been.created out of this. I truly believe their is a great opportunity for some networks to create there crown jewel with this,

  11. This interview gives me chill bumps. I miss the show tremendously.. I want t say thank you💕💕💕

  12. You know I know that txt had it’s reason for taking Dallas off but u know I watched as a child the problem was u had it on the wrong night first of all. It need to be on Friday nights just like the old days and the seasons needed to last longer . I am telling u Dallas could be a serious hit if u would just give it a try on Friday night around 8 or 9 pm and let’s go back to the roots drill that oil and let John Ross and bobby get down and dirty just like he and bobby use to … And bring fire and passion back to the show . If Pam can’t come back for bobby bring Jenna wade and Charlie in it … Yall forgot Dallas roots it was good but give it one more shot and there has to be a station willy to try something that could make mass money . Yall throw good shows away and bring on stuff nobody wants to watch not even the new generation!!!!!

  13. I really enjoyed the interview, thank you for doing it! I’ve always been a Patrick Duffy fan, from as far back as his Man From Atlantis days. I miss the show & the wonderful cast, still shaking my head over the cancellation. Since they left us loyal fans with such an abrupt ending, it would be phenomenal if a Dallas movie was in the works in the near future. Hey…I can dream, can’t I? 🙂

  14. I hate TNT and never watch any of their shows now, they made a big mistake when they threw out my beloved Dallas , with that I say, great interview with Patrick, and hope Dallas does come back , nothing else on the air, interests me, There is Only one DALLAS……..and never be another !

  15. I will always be a fan of Dallas and Patrick Duffy… But let´s face it, TNT Dallas wasn´t good enough – in fact, it was really bad… I´m surprised it lasted as long as it did.

  16. Father Joseph Alexander Suchorski says:

    I really enjoyed the article. As a long Time fan of both the Original Dallas & the New Dallas, I wish to God that they would bring back the show. I wish that #Disney or #Netflix or even the Original network #CBS would bring it back. I understand that it may be expensive but think about it, CBS did the Original Dallas… & then later they did Walker Texas Ranger which was a expensive show to do too… so it can’t cost that much to bring back Dallas. In fact Warner Bros has the money to do it, so does Disney & Netflix.

    As for the #TNT Network, I am still Boycotting TNT even since they cancelled Dallas. I have not watched one show at all on TNT & I will not ever again. Since TNT wanted to be so greedy, I can only Pray that The entire TNT Network goes Bankrupt. What about talking to The USA Network? There has so be some Network out there that is willing to be brave & take a chance & bring Dallas back. Well one of thing for sure is since none of these Networks above want to do Dallas, I am also boycotting these Networks too. That means you Disney, Warner Bros, CBS, Netflix, & more.

    Thank You to Mister Patrick Duffy for a wonderful article. I always Love reading a article from him. I certainly miss Larry Hagman & J.R. Ewing. I could have seen Dallas going almost as long as the Original Dallas, if not longer, if the TNT Network would not have been a bunch of cowards.

    I look at the New Dallas as a continuation of the Old Dallas. I would Love to find Season 3 of the New Dallas on DVD.

    God Bless Mister Patrick Duffy & The Rest of the Cast of Both the Old Dallas & the New Dallas & Thank You all for entertaining us over the Years.

  17. I said this lots of time Dallas needs its own network they could show the old Dallas with the new also the could play locks landing. The network will pay for its self something to think about.

  18. Tony Ewing says:

    Great interview which I really enjoyed reading. Thanks. I’m sure Patrick has private thoughts he may just not share about the writers. Cidre and her team did admit that they didn’t watch all the episodes of the first run so that did lead to some errors. Ray and Lucy should have had more screen time in the first couple of series; I’d love to know what happened to them in the years since the first Dallas eneded even if it meant that Lucy was back at The Biscuit waiting on tables. Judith was the best new character and I’d love to have seen more of her in season 4 if it has happened.

    • Thanks for your feedback, Tony. I liked Judith better during the second season than the third. I would have loved more Ray and Lucy throughout the show’s three-year run.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing such a nice interview. Bobby was always one of my favorite characters. I will always miss Dallas!!!!

  20. I think Dallas will come back! To many loose ends, characters of this show, WOW! Dallas has a lot of potential. Brenda Strong had a to take replace Pamela Ewing, She is Bobby’s wife. Played it like THE Mrs. Robert James Ewing IS. Bring Victoria Principal back. This story line has to be extremely well written and displayed with impeccable
    articulateness thought out to draw an audience back to the screen. This will have to be a standard done with first class presentation.
    The producers Cynthia Cidre and Micheal Robbin have talent to do this.

  21. Elizabete says:

    Thank you, Chris, wonderful interview ! Patrick Duffy is my favorite actor. You are so right about adjectives you wrote to describe him.

  22. Miss Green says:

    Wonderful interview with Patrick Duffy! I wish I had a brother like him! As for TNT, Never will they rise above what they are: Trash Network Today! We fans will always love the show Dallas & it’s charactors/actors/actresses,FOREVER & A DAY!

  23. C.B., might I remind you that http://www.rjkoopmans.blogspot.ca, fans can get look at Brother Bobby in a new light with a post I wrote called “Bobby Ewing Says” dated Tuesday, February 24th, 2015. It will serve as a great companion piece to Pat’s wonderful fresh DALLAS Decoder interview!

  24. Thanks for this interview, Chris! Made my day when I read it last night. Cancelling Dallas was certainly a waste. Obviously I am not the only one feeling so close to the show. There aren’t that many shows with such loyal fans AFTER cancellation. And Gray and Duffy are certainly some class acts and best ambassadors for the show(s). I hope it comes back at some point.

    Too bad PD didn’t elaborate on the financial constraints they had to deal with when trying to move the show to another place. My hunch tells me that international money was needed but not available as Dallas 2.0 didn’t seem to do that well in foreign markets. But again, just a hunch. It’s probably not cheap to do a soap anyway with such large cast.

    • Yeah, I think you’re probably right, Q-Less. These kinds of shows tend to have large casts, which make them expensive.

      Thanks for reading the interview and sharing your feedback. I appreciate it!

      Chris

  25. I liked the new Dallas quite a bit, but the lack of continuity drove me nuts. The truth is the ratings kept dropping every year. It is understandable there was going to be a drop after the death of the great Larry Hagman, but the show could have survived for a while longer. I think Mr.Duffy is partially right. The split season didn’t help anything and the change of leadership didn’t help but had Dallas been getting the numbers, even the new regime would have stuck with it for couple of more seasons. There is mention we would have seen more Ray, possibly Lucas, and possibly Katherine. That is great, but the question is why wasn’t there more of this from the beginning? The missing Ewing children such as Lucas, J.R.’s son with Cally, James, and Ray and Donna’s daughter, Margaret were never discussed in the series. Why was there no mention of J.R.’s other two sons when his will was read? He includes Gary, who he had no use for but Ray gets nothing nor his other children? Also not acknowledging the two Reunion movies (though I know War of the Ewings wasn’t that good) was poor in my opinion.

    My point is had the show been better about continuity and hadn’t been taken over by the Ramos family, I think it would have kept a few more viewers and could have lasted another year or two at the very least. I do think a movie would be cool at least but I don’t see it happening.

  26. Chris, thanks for the interview. It’s great to hear from the cast members even though the show isn’t being made any more.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this interview Chris. In away this bring some closure on losing Dallas, I remember reading the headlines that Dallas will not be renewed and it just broke me. Ever since the Dallas cancellation I needed to hear in more depth what all really happened and why it was so hard for Dallas to be put on a new network. I still hope one day in the not so far future we see Dallas back. Thank you again Chris and Patrick for this amazing interview, I really needed it!!!!!!!

  28. The article was well written. I agree we would love to see some of the older characters from the Cartel. Maybe that would have brought in some more new and old viewers.

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