‘Dallas’s’ Third and Final Season Comes to DVD on January 13

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Mark your calendars: The third and final season of TNT’s “Dallas” will come to DVD on Tuesday, January 13.

The three-disc set will contain all 15 episodes, along with never-before-aired scenes. The recommended sale price is $39.98

You can pre-order the set from WBshop.com, the online retail arm of Warner Bros., the studio that produced “Dallas,” as well as Amazon.

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BREAKING NEWS: The Efforts to Save ‘Dallas’ Have Ended

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

The end

The efforts to find “Dallas” a new home have ended, executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin said today.

“After a 6-week attempt to try and land our beloved ‘Dallas’ at another network, we have to inform you that we have not succeeded. Warner Horizon has attempted, in a Herculean way, to try and find us a new home, but at the end of the day it did not work out,” Cidre and Robin wrote in a statement to “Dallas” fans.

The complete message appears below.

In a recent radio interview, “Dallas” star Patrick Duffy discussed the complexities of getting the show back on the air. In addition to finding a new network for “Dallas,” new foreign and online distribution deals were required, Duffy said.

Today’s news effectively ends the #SaveDallas campaign that began October 4, the day after TNT canceled the show. In the weeks that followed, as “Dallas’s” production studio Warner Horizon shopped the series to other networks, fans sent approximately 1 million #SaveDallas tweets and added more than 84,000 signatures to an online petition calling for another network to pick up the show.

“Dallas” devotees received encouragement from stars such as Duffy and Linda Gray, who praised fans’ persistence and ingenuity in interviews and social media posts.

In their statement, Cidre and Robin also hailed the #SaveDallas campaign as “a truly remarkable undertaking” and thanked fans for their support. “We cannot fully express how much we loved making this show for you and with you,” they wrote.

Here’s Cidre and Robin’s full statement:

Hi Friends,

Well, we have come to the end. After a 6-week attempt to try and land our beloved “Dallas” at another network, we have to inform you that we have not succeeded. Warner Horizon has attempted, in a Herculean way, to try and find us a new home, but at the end of the day it did not work out.

We so appreciate the outpouring of support by all of you, and the #SaveDallas campaign was a truly remarkable undertaking. We cannot fully express how much we loved making this show for you and with you. We had 3 wonderful years together, and we had the times of our lives bringing this iconic show back to television. Thank you for your support; thank you for your loyalty to our wonderful characters; and thank you for watching our show.

We wish you all our very best, and thank you again for loving “Dallas.”

With great admiration and appreciation,

Cynthia Cidre and Michael Robin

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CANCELED: TNT Drops ‘Dallas’

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The end?

TNT has canceled “Dallas,” more than a week after the series concluded its third season.

The revival of the 1978-91 CBS classic got off to a promising start, debuting in June 2012 with almost 7 million viewers. Ratings dropped when TNT brought the series back the following winter in a tough time slot, a few months after the death of iconic star Larry Hagman.

The show’s stars took to Twitter tonight after TNT announced the news. “Thank all of you wonderful fans for your love and support for these past 3 seasons. We were just canceled. So sad!” wrote Linda Gray.

Tweeted Emma Bell: “Thank you for all the well wishes. It was an honor to be apart of @Dallas_TNT grateful to be a family with such a wonderful cast and crew!”

The “Dallas” writers have been penning scripts for a fourth season, in case the series was renewed. In an interview last week, executive producer Cynthia Cidre discussed plans to bring back a fan favorite from the original show and introduce J.R.’s secret daughter, whose existence was revealed during the third-season finale.

It isn’t clear if Warner Bros., the studio that produces “Dallas,” will shop the series to another home. Keep reading Dallas Decoder for additional coverage in the coming days.

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‘Dallas’ Ranks Among Cable’s Hottest Shows on Social Media

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Getting social

You know where “Dallas” was a runaway hit last week? Social media.

The series ranks fifth (!) on a list of the 25 cable shows that generated the most online chatter last week. The list, which was compiled by research firm General Sentiment, tracked mentions of series’ titles, Twitter handles, hashtags and major characters.

General Sentiment issues the listing each week. The latest edition covers the week of September 22, when TNT killed off a major character during “Dallas’s” third-season finale. The four shows that ranked higher than “Dallas”: “Doctor Who,” “South Park,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood.”

This is the fifth time “Dallas” has made General Sentiment’s listing during the past six weeks. The show’s previous highest ranking during this period: 18th place.

“Dallas” has 1.6 million Facebook fans, more than any other TNT drama, and 94,000 Twitter followers, second only to the network’s top-rated series, “Rizzoli & Isles.”

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On a Tough Night, ‘Dallas’ Takes a Hit in the Ratings

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Brace yourself, Annie

“Dallas” wrapped up its season on one of the most competitive nights of the year — and it has the numbers to prove it.

The two-hour season finale debuted September 22 to approximately 1.72 million viewers, the show’s smallest Monday audience this year, according to Nielsen. This included 560,000 adults between ages 18 and 49, a group advertisers pay top dollar to reach.

“Dallas” fans and people who work on the show were hoping it would get a lift from the much-touted finale, in which TNT promised one of the show’s main characters would be killed off.

“Could the numbers have been better? Yes, but this was a tough night to end the season on,” said Marc Berman, editor of TV Media Insights, an industry news site.

The season finale consisted of two episodes, “Endgame” and “Brave New World,” that aired from 9 to 11 p.m. in most time zones. The competition included the season premieres of NBC’s “The Voice,” which averaged 12.7 million viewers from 8 to 10, and “The Blacklist,” which drew 12.5 million viewers from 10 to 11. The debut of the CBS crime drama “Scorpion” scored 14 million viewers from 9 to 10.

On cable, “Dallas’s” competition included ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” which averaged 13.3 million viewers throughout the evening.

“Dallas’s” September 22 audience is down about 8 percent from one week ago, when “Boxed In” debuted to 1.86 million viewers, including 540,000 viewers between ages 18 and 49. However, “Boxed In’s” total audience climbed to 2.8 million viewers when you count DVR users who recorded the episode and watched it within three days of its debut.

The other dramas on TNT’s late summer/early fall schedule aren’t faring better than “Dallas.” On September 17, the Wednesday entries “Legends” and “Franklin & Bash” drew 1.63 million and 1.52 million viewers, respectively.

Overall, “Dallas” averaged approximately 1.94 million viewers on Mondays this year, down from about 2.66 million viewers on Mondays during its second season and more than 4 million viewers during Season 1, when TNT showed it on Wednesdays.

The network hasn’t announced whether “Dallas” will be renewed for a fourth season, although executive producer Cynthia Cidre told Dallas Decoder last week that the show’s writers are cranking out scripts so the series will be ready to go into production if it’s picked up.

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‘Which Ewing Dies?’ ‘Dallas’ Producer Offers a Tease

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Watch you backs, darlins

Warning: This article contains clues about the identity of the Ewing who’ll die during “Dallas’s” September 22 cliffhanger.

The character who dies in “Dallas’s” season finale is named Ewing, executive producer Cynthia Cidre told Dallas Decoder yesterday. “It’s a Ewing we know well,” she said.

Cidre declined to give additional details about the death, which has been the subject of intense speculation among fans since earlier this week, when TNT began airing a promo that promises “one Ewing will die” during the September 22 telecast.

Some fans predicted the show would kill off someone who is close to the Ewings but not necessarily a family member, but Cidre’s comments suggest this won’t be the case. She wouldn’t say if the character is played by one of the show’s main cast members, which keeps alive another fan theory — that the show will kill off someone from the original series, not one of the regular characters on TNT’s version.

The two-hour finale will be comprised of two episodes, “Endgame” and “Brave New World,” that will air back-to-back. Cidre said the death will come toward the end of the second hour, but it won’t necessarily be the last scene.

The “Dallas” producers decided to kill off the character for storyline purposes, not because the actor or actress wanted to leave, Cidre said. “It’s really what serves the story. We knew we wanted to hit something big at the end of the season. This is our first year without Larry [Hagman], and we wanted to make our own name in the ‘Dallas’ universe. It’s a pretty amazing scene,” she said.

Executives from both TNT and Warner Bros., the studio that produces “Dallas,” encouraged Cidre to go through with the death storyline when she pitched it to them. “They came back and said, ‘Trust yourselves. If you think it works, do it. … See if you can surprise [the audience] again.’”

Cidre predicted fans will be eager to see what happens to the Ewings after they lose one of their own. “New things are going to happen. There’s going to be new blood. There’s going to be new conflict. … You can’t just keep playing the same conflicts over and over again,” she said.

The two-hour finale will find “pretty much all” the characters in physical jeopardy, Cidre said. The first hour is more action-packed, while the second hour wraps up the year’s storylines before concluding with what she called “our biggest cliffhangers of all time.”

More “Dallas” dish from Cidre:

• On preparing for a fourth season: Although TNT hasn’t renewed “Dallas” for another season, the show’s writers are back at work crafting storylines in case the series gets picked up. Cidre has delivered a 60-page “bible” outlining the new storylines to TNT and Warner Bros., and the first few scripts have been written. If TNT decides to bring the show back, Cidre said the network will probably announce the renewal in October, and cameras will start rolling about six weeks later. “We still have our building, we have our stages, we’re paying rent. We just don’t have an official pickup,” she said.

• On possible fourth-season airdates: Cidre’s writing team has been told to prepare another 15-episode split season. If “Dallas” is renewed, she expects the show to follow the same schedule it did this year, with eight episodes beginning in mid-February, followed by a break and the year’s final episodes starting in August.

• On “Dallas’s” Monday time slot: Although many fans wish TNT would move “Dallas” to a less competitive night, Cidre said she doesn’t mind airing on Mondays. However, she wishes “Dallas” could follow “Major Crimes” or another one of TNT’s popular dramas. “Because our show is sexier, we do get a slightly different demographic. It would help to have a lead-in,” Cidre said.

Which Ewing will die during “Dallas’s” two-hour season finale on Monday, September 22? Share your predictions below and read more news from Dallas Decoder.

‘Dallas’s’ Ratings Dip, But It’s Not All Bad News

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Captive audience

It’s a good news/bad news week where “Dallas’s” ratings are concerned.

First, the bad news: The TNT drama’s latest episode, “Boxed In,” debuted to 1.86 million viewers on September 15, according to Nielsen. The numbers are down 3.9 percent from the previous week, when “Victims of Love” debuted to 1.93 million viewers.

In the advertiser-prized category of adults between ages 18 and 49, “Boxed In” drew 540,000 viewers — essentially the same number “Victims of Love” grabbed a week ago.

As TNT presumably moves closer toward deciding the show’s future, this isn’t the direction fans were hoping to see the numbers go, is it?

On the other hand, the news isn’t altogether discouraging: When you count DVR users who recorded “Victims of Love” and watched it within three days of its debut, the episode’s audience climbed to 2.8 million viewers, up 3 percent from the boost the Labor Day episode, “Hurt,” received through DVR playback.

“Dallas” also got a boost last week on social media, where the series cracked a weekly ranking of television’s buzziest shows.

Overall, “Dallas” is averaging approximately 1.96 million viewers on Mondays this year — down about a quarter among total viewers and roughly 40 percent among the 18-to-49-year-old crowd.

This places the show toward the bottom of the pack in TNT’s lineup. The network’s most popular show remains “Rizzoli & Isles,” which averaged 5.24 million viewers on Tuesdays this year, while the lowest-rated shows are the Wednesday entries “Legends” (1.85 million viewers) and “Franklin & Bash” (1.25 million viewers).

Among 18-to-49-year-olds, “Dallas” outranks “Legends” and “Franklin & Bash,” as well as TNT’s freshmen legal drama “Murder in the First,” which the network renewed last week.

“Dallas” will conclude its season with two episodes, “Endgame” and “Brave New World,” on Monday, September 22 — when NBC’s “The Voice” and “The Blacklist” will open their new season.

TNT is touting the death of one of the Ewings during next week’s season finale and encouraging fans to offer their theories on social media using the hashtag #WhichEwingDies.

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‘Dallas’ Sees Another Small Uptick in the Ratings

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Stand and deliver

“Dallas’s” latest episode, “Victims of Love,” debuted to 1.934 million viewers on September 8, according to Nielsen. The audience included an estimated 538,000 viewers in the advertiser-prized demographic of adults between ages 18 and 49.

The numbers are up slightly from one week ago, when “Hurt” debuted to 1.931 million viewers, including 509,000 adults between 18 and 49. However, when you count DVR users who recorded “Hurt” and watched it a few days after its first telecast, the audience climbed to 2.7 million users, up 5 percent from the previous week, TNT reported.

Overall, “Dallas” is averaging about 1.96 million viewers on Monday nights this year, down from approximately 2.66 million viewers during its second season and more than 4 million viewers during Season 1.

“Dallas’s” current average places it toward the lower end of TNT’s drama crop. The network’s highest-rated shows are “Rizzoli & Isles” (5.24 million viewers on Tuesdays) and “Major Crimes” (5.24 million on Mondays), while two Wednesday shows, “Legends” (1.95 million) and “Franklin & Bash” (1.25 million), bring up the rear.

By now, loyal readers of this space have this part memorized, but it bears repeating: TNT hasn’t announced if “Dallas” will return for a fourth year. The network is expected to wait and see how “Dallas” performs during its summer run before deciding whether to renew it.

The series has two more outings on TNT’s schedule this year: The next episode, “Boxed In,” will debut Monday, September 15, followed by a season-ending double-header of “Endgame” and “Brave New World” on Monday, September 22.

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On Labor Day, ‘Dallas’ Gets a Small Ratings Boost

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Read it and weep, Bob

Labor Day brought “Dallas” a boost in the ratings, albeit a small one.

The TNT drama’s latest episode, “Hurt,” debuted to 1.93 million viewers on September 1, according to Nielsen data. The audience included an estimated 509,000 viewers between ages 18 and 49, a group many advertisers target.

Although viewing levels tend to dip on holidays, “Hurt’s” overall audience was up about 5 percent from August 25, when “Dallas’s” previous segment, “Dead Reckoning,” debuted to 1.84 million viewers opposite NBC’s Primetime Emmys coverage. However, among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, the “Hurt” audience dropped roughly 9 percent compared to “Dead Reckoning.”

“Dallas” is now averaging approximately 1.97 million viewers on Monday nights. Like all shows, the series gets a bump when you count DVR users who record the episodes and watch them later, although TNT hasn’t reported “Dallas’s” latest DVR-boosted numbers.

“Dallas” continues to be overshadowed by other series in TNT’s summer lineup, including “Rizzoli & Isles,” which scored 5.2 million viewers with the August 26 telecast of its season finale. However, “Dallas” is not TNT’s lowest-rated show. “Dallas’s” most recent episodes performed better than the August 27 segments of “Legends” (1.76 million viewers) and “Franklin & Bash” (1.29 million viewers).

TNT hasn’t announced if “Dallas” will return for a fourth year. The network — which lost its programming chief last week when Michael Wright left amid an ongoing management shakeup — is expected to wait and see how “Dallas” performs during its summer run before deciding whether to renew it.

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‘Dallas’ Takes a Ratings Hit Against Tough Competition

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See for yourself, honey

To the surprise of no one, “Dallas” took a hit in the ratings this week.

The TNT drama’s latest episode, “Dead Reckoning,” debuted August 25, opposite NBC’s Primetime Emmys coverage. The result: The Emmys drew 15.59 million viewers — the annual broadcast’s second biggest haul in eight years — while “Dead Reckoning” drew 1.84 million, according to Nielsen data.

The “Dead Reckoning” audience was down roughly 7 percent from one week earlier, when 1.97 million viewers watched “Dallas’s midseason premiere. Among the advertiser-prized demographic of adults between ages 18 and 49, “Dead Reckoning” drew an estimated 557,000 viewers.

Speaking of the midseason premiere: DVR users who recorded that episode, “Denial, Anger, Acceptance,” and watched it within three days boosted the audience to 2.8 million viewers, slightly ahead of “Dallas’s” DVR-boosted average during the first half of the third season. When DVR users are counted, “Denial, Anger, Acceptance” drew 1 million viewers between ages 18 and 49.

How does “Dallas’s” Monday ratings compare to other TNT shows? The network’s most-watched drama last week was “Rizzoli & Isles,” which scored 5.21 million viewers on August 19. At the other end of the spectrum: “Franklin & Bash,” which drew 1.2 million viewers on August 20.

Also, in case you’re wondering: “Dead Reckoning’s” August 25 audience is “Dallas’s” fourth-smallest opening night audience this year. The lowest: John Ross and Pamela’s wedding episode, “Lifting the Veil,” which drew 1.78 million viewers on March 17.

Overall, “Dallas” is averaging about 1.97 million viewers on Mondays this year, down from approximately 2.66 million viewers during its second season and more than 4 million viewers during Season 1.

TNT hasn’t announced if “Dallas” will return next year. The network is expected to wait to see how the show performs during its summer run before deciding whether to renew it.

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