Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’ is Back! Now Start Tweeting, TV Expert Says

If “Dallas” fans want the TNT drama to stick around for a while, TV ratings expert Marc Berman has some advice for them: Start tweeting. The amount of buzz a show generates on Facebook, Twitter and similar sites is increasingly important to its chances of survival, says Berman, editor in chief of TV Media Insights, […]

Drill Bits: Ready to Take a Shot of J.R.? His Bourbon is Here

The stars of “Dallas” came together last night for a party to preview the third season’s first episode — along with the show’s new three-way split-screen title sequence — and to launch the J.R. Ewing Bourbon. That’s right. You can now take a shot of J.R. (or better yet, a whole glassful). The bourbon, inspired […]

Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’ Season 2 Arrives on DVD

“Dallas’s” second season arrives on DVD today, and not a moment too soon. Fans now have less than two weeks to catch up with the Ewings before TNT begins televising Season 3 on Monday, February 24. It’s a good thing many of us have a long weekend coming up. We’re going to need it. The […]

Drill Bits: The Ewing Oil Store, Now Open for Business

You’ve watched the Ewings for years. Want to start living like them too? The Ewing Oil Company Store, a new online retailer, is selling “Dallas”-themed merchandise for fans who want to bring a little bit of Southfork glamour into their homes. The signature product: a J.R. Ewing decanter inspired by the one seen on the […]

Drill Bits: TV Hall of Fame Won’t Induct Larry Hagman in 2014

Sorry to deliver bad tidings during the holidays, but it looks like Larry Hagman won’t be inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame next year. The academy announced its 2014 honorees before Christmas and Hagman wasn’t on the list. The inductees will be Jay Leno, Julia Louis-Drefus, producer David E. Kelley, media mogul Rupert […]

Drill Bits: Want the Scoop on ‘Dallas’? Follow Those Tweets

If you’re not following the stars of TNT’s “Dallas” on Twitter and Instagram, you’re missing some of the best sources of news about the show’s third season. Since production began last week, cast members have been tweeting up a storm, even using their own Season 3 hashtag: #DallasS3. On the first day of filming, Patrick Duffy […]

Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’ Season 3 — Spoilers, Speculation and More

Production on “Dallas’s” third season begins today. There isn’t a lot of news to report, although insiders have dropped a few tidbits about what fans can expect when TNT begins televising the episodes next year. If you want to be surprised, stop reading here. • Jenna Wade may return. The show’s writers are toying with […]

Drill Bits: J.R. Ewing, Ready for Action

It took a few decades, but J.R. Ewing is finally an action figure. Figures Toy Company is now selling two J.R. figures: “Oil Tycoon,” which comes dressed in a three-piece business suit, and a “Who Shot J.R.?” version that features a replica of the vest Larry Hagman wears in the famous scene where J.R. is gunned […]

Drill Bits: Emmy Overlooks Larry Hagman … For Now

Larry Hagman wasn’t nominated for an Emmy yesterday, but the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has a few more opportunities to honor “Dallas’s” biggest star. First up: the “In Memoriam” montage that will be shown during this year’s Emmy ceremony, which CBS will broadcast on September 22. Hagman deserves to be featured prominently in […]

Drill Bits: Will Larry Hagman Be Nominated for an Emmy?

Will Larry Hagman receive some much-deserved Emmy recognition when this year’s prime-time nominees are announced on July 18? The “Dallas” star, who died last fall, is a contender in the dramatic supporting actor race. The editors at awards website Gold Derby rank Hagman 15th on the list of likely nominees in that category, putting his […]