Brick by Brick: Dallas Decoder’s Lego Tribute to Southfork

“Dallas” debuted on this day 42 years ago, and I can think of no better way to mark the occasion than with another Lego tribute from my husband, Andrew. After creating a Sue Ellen portrait made of his childhood Legos and a “Who Shot J.R.?” playset, Andrew has built his own Southfork, complete with minifigs […]

Join Us for a ‘Who Shot J.R.?’ #DallasChat on March 23

You know what the world could use right now? Some old-fashioned “Dallas” fun. In that spirit, I’m going to host a #DallasChat Twitter discussion on Monday, March 23, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Since we just marked the 40th anniversary of the “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger, our discussion will be centered around that […]

Play It Again, Darlin’: A Lego Salute to ‘Who Shot J.R.?’

Today marks the 40th anniversary of “Dallas’s” famous “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger, and Dallas Decoder is honoring the occasion with an all-new Lego tribute. My husband, Andrew, has created a playset that shows everyone’s favorite dastardly oil baron, J.R. Ewing, getting what’s coming to him. The set combines the final moments of “A House Divided,” […]

A Farewell to Barnes: Remembering Ken Kercheval

Cliff Barnes was a loser, but Ken Kercheval was anything but. By portraying Cliff as an endearing jackass, Kercheval won the hearts of “Dallas” fans and created a character who, in some ways, was as essential to the show’s success as Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing. Cliff could be petty, foolish and hopelessly oblivious, but Kercheval […]

Listen Up! Texas Monthly Podcast Dives Deeper Into ‘Dallas’

Texas Monthly has a new gift for “Dallas” fans: a two-part podcast from Max Marshall, the writer whose sweeping oral history of the series appears in the magazine’s October issue. Marshall gives listeners the story behind his story, including how he came up with the idea for the article, how he was a non-fan who […]

Making History: Texas Monthly Tells the Story of ‘Dallas’

Texas Monthly marks “Dallas’s” 40th anniversary with a big, sweeping oral history of the series. The article, written by Max Marshall, boasts a huge cast, including David Jacobs, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, David Paulsen, Kristina Hagman, TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz and virtually everyone else you can think of (even me!). There are also several […]

Who Framed Sue Ellen? A Lego Tribute to ‘Dallas’s’ Leading Lady

To mark Linda Gray’s birthday today, I’m unveiling a project that’s near and dear to my heart: a portrait of Sue Ellen Ewing that my husband, Andrew, created using his childhood Legos. No, really. It began when Andrew and I spent several weeks this winter cleaning out the Oregon home where he grew up. It […]

‘Dallas’ Stars to Reunite for 40th Anniversary Fan Events

Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Charlene Tilton and Steve Kanaly will headline two fan events in March to mark the 40th anniversary of “Dallas’s” debut. “Southfork Fan Day” will be held Friday, March 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas. This event will feature a meet-and-greet with the actors, along with […]

You’re Invited to #DallasChat’s Dec. 18 Holiday Reunion

Dallas Decoder will host its first — and last — #DallasChat of 2017 on Monday, December 18, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Our theme: “A #DallasChat Holiday Reunion.” If you’re new to #DallasChat or need a refresher, here’s how it works: During each hour-long discussion, I tweet questions from my Twitter handle, @DallasDecoder. […]

Jared Martin, Forever ‘Dallas’s’ Lusty Dusty

Reading Jared Martin’s obituaries over the weekend, I was struck by how many emphasized his connection to “Dallas.” Entertainment Weekly, Deadline Hollywood and several other entertainment news sites mentioned the show in the headlines announcing his death, while the headers from the Associated Press and the Hollywood Reporter went so far as to also include […]