In Memoriam: Our 2016 ‘Dallas’ Tributes

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Dallas Decoder remembers the “Dallas” actors, crew members and other contributors who died in 2016. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at IMDb.com.   Anthony Addabbo Died October 18 (age 56) In the 14th-season episode “Smooth Operator,” Addabbo played John, a Hollywood wannabe who pitched Bobby on a […]

J.R. and Sue Ellen: How Tweet It Is!

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Thirty-five years ago tonight, “Dallas” delivered one of its greatest moments: the conversation where J.R. and Sue Ellen reminisce about their courtship. The scene, which occurred at the end of the fourth-season episode “New Beginnings,” represented a rare cease-fire between two characters who are usually at war with each other. The exchange also showcased the magical […]

Charlene Tilton Remembers Lucy Ewing’s Many Loves

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Poor Lucy Ewing never found Mr. Right — but not for lack of trying. To mark Valentine’s Day, Dallas Decoder spoke to Charlene Tilton about her character’s many romances. Read her memories below, along with an update on her latest projects.   Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly) Back in the day, that relationship was very controversial. […]

Feel the Force, Darlins! How ‘Star Wars’ Mirrors ‘Dallas’

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You love “Star Wars.” You love “Dallas.” Have you ever noticed how much they have in common?   The first “Star Wars” trilogy and the original “Dallas” series are both sweeping sagas that feature dreamy heroes, scary villains, epic romances and lots of family drama.   The similarities continue in “The Force Awakens” and the […]

How Would You Spin Off Bobby Ewing?

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Would you watch a “Dallas” spinoff about Bobby Ewing? It’s a question we’ve been pondering since last week, when fellow fan Jennifer Irons — a.k.a. Team Bobby Ewing — took to Twitter to suggest Patrick Duffy’s iconic character should get his own TV series. Duffy’s response: @TeamBobbyEwing I'm totally there. Sign me up — Patrick Duffy (@therealpduffy) […]

‘Real Power is Something You Take’ Turns 35

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It’s another red-letter day in “Dallas” history. Thirty-five years ago today, CBS aired “Executive Wife,” the episode in which Jock famously schools Bobby on the Ewing creed: “Real power is something you take!” I ranked the scene fifth on my list of “Dallas’s” greatest moments a few years ago and also wrote about it when […]

‘Dallas’ Memoriam: Honoring Those We Lost in 2015

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Here’s Dallas Decoder’s annual tribute to the “Dallas” actors, crew members and other contributors who died during the past year. Notable deaths among the show’s extended family also are included. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at IMDb.com.   Merv Adelson Died September 8 (age 85) Adelson co-founded […]

Shop Like a Ewing: Your ‘Dallas’ Holiday Gift Guide

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The holidays are here and it’s time to consume conspicuously. Here are some gift ideas for the special “Dallas” fan in your life. Better yet, use this list to treat yourself. It’s what a Ewing would do, right? J.R. Ewing action figures. When your Dallas Decoder was a kid, he used his G.I. Joe action […]

#WhoShotJR: A Twitter Tribute to ‘Dallas’s’ Biggest Moment

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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 […]

‘Swan Song’: Making a ‘Dallas’ Classic

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Ask “Dallas” fans to name their favorite episode and many will say “Swan Song,” the 1985 segment in which Bobby dies heroically after saving Pam’s life. Although the death was later written off as a dream, the episode remains moving and memorable. To mark its 30th anniversary, I spoke to eight “Dallas” insiders who had […]