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

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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 […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 104 — ‘Changing of the Guard’

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“Dallas” shakes things up in its sixth-season opener, “Changing of the Guard.” Miss Ellie ousts J.R. as president of Ewing Oil and installs Bobby in his place, the company’s executive suite gets a much-needed makeover and Sue Ellen suddenly begins sporting shorter hair. This episode also introduces an intriguing newcomer: Holly Harwood, played by Lois […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 14 – ‘False Confessions’

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You can feel the hate in “False Confessions.” This episode takes an unapologetically dark view of the Barnes/Ewing feud, which is fitting since the conflict has been going on for so long now it seems Biblical. The epic scope of Taylor Hamra’s script makes this one of “Dallas’s” most satisfying hours this season, which is […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 85 – ‘The Split’

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Sending J.R. and Dusty to the Cotton Bowl for their big showdown at the end of “The Split” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but who cares? The sequence is a logistical feat, and Larry Hagman and Jared Martin deliver terrific performances. This is one of those moments from the classic “Dallas” series that […]

Drill Bits: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Saddles Up for Season 2

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TNT’s “Dallas” won’t return with new episodes until January 28 – that’s 113 days from today, not that I’m obsessive enough to keep track of such things – but details about the second season are beginning to emerge: • Casting. Yesterday, TV Line reported Judith Light will join the cast as “an authoritative and controlling […]

Dallas Parallels: Counterfeit Correspondence

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In the most intense scene in “Changing of the Guard,” TNT’s first “Dallas” episode, Christopher angrily accuses Elena of exposing flaws in his methane hydrate project. She fires back by calling him out for dumping her – via e-mail! – on the day they were supposed to be married. “I never sent you an e-mail!” […]

Dallas Parallels: Welcome to the Family

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Introducing “Dallas Parallels,” a periodic feature that showcases connections between TNT’s “Dallas” and the original series. Quite appropriately, TNT’s “Dallas” pilot, “Changing of the Guard,” is chock full of allusions to “Digger’s Daughter,” the classic show’s first hour. Both episodes open with a leading lady exclaiming a male Ewing’s name (Pam: “Bobby James Ewing, I don’t […]

The Best & Worst of TNT’s Dallas: Season 1

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The first season of TNT’s “Dallas” brought the Ewings back to series television after a two-decade absence. I loved it – mostly. Performances The new “Dallas” cast divides into two categories: Larry Hagman and everyone else. As the now-elderly J.R., Hagman was sometimes mischievous, sometimes moving and always magical. Trying to figure out how Hagman does […]

Drill Bits: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Finale Draws a Crowd

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TNT’s “Dallas” went out with a bang: “Revelations,” the first-season finale, scored 4.3 million viewers on August 8, becoming the evening’s most-watched cable program. The audience included 1.6 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, the demographic advertisers covet. The show soared despite stiff competition from NBC’s Olympics coverage, which drew 29 million […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 10 – ‘Revelations’

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No one gets shot, run over or blown up at the end of “Revelations” – and for this, we should be thankful. As much fun as the original “Dallas’s” season finales were, they feel a little gimmicky in retrospect. Smart storytelling, not splashy cliffhangers, keep today’s television audiences hooked. Cynthia Cidre, the creative force behind […]