Ever wonder what “Dallas” would have been like if the Ewings had the power of social media at their disposal?
No? Well, I do.
To honor the “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger resolution — which a record-setting 90 million people watched on this day in 1980 — I took to Twitter to recreate the scene in which Sue Ellen identifies Kristin as J.R.’s assailant. I tried to stick as closely as possible to the original script, although I deviated in a few spots. (“Jail baby” was destined to be turned into a hashtag, don’t you think?)
This exercise also pays tribute to “Dallas’s” role as a social media pioneer. Many of us watch TV today with a tablet or smartphone in hand so we can chat online about our favorite shows as we view them. The idea that television could be a shared experience is a concept “Dallas” shaped, especially during the “Who Shot J.R.” phenomenon.
To read the exchange, click on Sue Ellen’s tweet to Kristin. It will take you to a page where you can see the whole conversation. If you have a Twitter account of your own, feel free to retweet your favorite lines. Who knows? Maybe we can get the Ewings trending again.
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