3 Days, 33 Episodes: Here’s How to Catch Up on TNT’s ‘Dallas’

Did you promise yourself you’d spend the summer getting acquainted — or reacquainted — with TNT’s “Dallas”? Did you fail to keep this promise? Relax: You still have time. Grab your DVDs and downloads and have a marathon of your own this weekend. Here’s how to watch all 33 hours of the show before the […]

Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’s’ Ratings Rise During Week 3

More viewers made time for “Dallas” this week. TNT’s telecast of the latest episode, “False Confessions,” was seen by 2.4 million viewers on Feb. 11. The audience grew almost 10 percent from the previous week’s telecast. “Dallas” is also getting a healthy boost from DVR users. The two-hour season opener – comprised of back-to-back telecasts […]

Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’ Returns, But Some Viewers Don’t

Mondays are a bitch: “Dallas” opened its second season in its new Monday time slot this week – and a lot of fans didn’t show up. The two-hour premiere drew 2.98 million viewers on January 28. As the Hollywood Reporter pointed out, the numbers were down 58 percent from the series debut last summer and […]

TNT’s Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Cliff Barnes is My Father’

In “Battle Lines,” “Dallas’s” second-season opener, Frank (Faran Tahir) escorts Bobby and Christopher (Patrick Duffy, Jesse Metcalfe) into the Barnes Global boardroom, where Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) awaits them. CHRISTOPHER: What the hell’s going on, Rebecca? PAMELA: I should probably introduce myself. My middle name is Rebecca. When I was a little girl, that’s what my mother […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 11 – ‘Battle Lines’

“Battle Lines” is the first hour of the new “Dallas’s” second season and the beginning of Larry Hagman’s last hurrah as J.R. Ewing. The actor filmed this episode about two months before his death last fall, but you wouldn’t know he was nearing the end of his life by watching him here. Hagman looks thin […]

The Dallas Decoder Guide to Pamela’s Mother, Afton Cooper

In “Battle Lines,” the first episode of the new “Dallas’s” second season, Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) reveals she’s the daughter of Cliff and Afton, portrayed by Ken Kercheval and Audrey Landers in the original series. Everyone knows Cliff’s story, but how well do you remember Afton? Here’s a refresher. She started off as J.R.’s gal. Afton, a […]

Dallas Burning Questions: Season 2, Week 1

Here are the questions we’re pondering as we await tonight’s telecast of “Battle Lines” and “Venomous Creatures,” the first two episodes of “Dallas’s” second season: • What’s Pamela’s plan? At the end of “Revelations,” the first-season finale, Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo) went to an airport hanger to meet with the mastermind behind her scheme against Christopher: her […]

New Season, New Features

The start of “Dallas’s” second season signals some changes at Dallas Decoder. Here’s what you’ll see: • “Burning Questions.” This weekly feature, which debuts today, will address the questions left unanswered at the end of the previous “Dallas” episode. The goal: to help fans refresh their memories before TNT telecasts the latest installment each Monday […]

‘Dallas’s’ Second Season Gets Off to a Promising Start

At one point during “Dallas’s” second-season premiere, J.R. offers Sue Ellen a sly grin and declares, “I never learn my lesson.” Maybe not, but the people who make “Dallas” seem to have learned theirs. This has been a good show from the beginning, but diehards like me couldn’t help but feel bothered by some of […]