Dallas Parallels: Requiems for the Heavyweights

The funerals of J.R. and Bobby Ewing were filmed 28 years apart, but they draw upon similar themes, including the idea that grief and anger are sometimes indistinguishable. The episodes also show how each brother becomes unmoored when he loses the other, demonstrating how essential their relationship is to the “Dallas” mythology. Bobby’s funeral is […]

… And the Rest: Dallas Decoder’s Other VIPs of 2013

Linda Gray is Dallas Decoder’s Woman of the Year, but she isn’t the only person who shaped the “Dallas” franchise in 2013. Here are five more. Cynthia Cidre. Larry Hagman’s death forced the “Dallas” showrunner to rewrite Season 2 on the fly, but she proved up to the challenge — and then some. Cidre penned […]

Dallas Decoder’s Woman of the Year: Linda Gray

Good actors make you believe. Great actors make you feel. In 2013, Linda Gray made us feel every emotion Sue Ellen Ewing experienced — the disappointment over losing the election, the shame over losing her sobriety, the heartbreak over losing J.R. Gray shone all season long, but especially in “J.R.’s Masterpiece,” the funeral episode where […]

One Year Later, Larry Hagman’s Legacy Lives

The first anniversary of Larry Hagman’s death is November 23, although to me, he never really went away. Hagman’s old “Dallas” episodes run on a seemingly endless loop in my house. I watch him all the time, and that would probably be true even if I didn’t write and edit this website. Larry Hagman still brings me […]

‘Dallas’: Season 3 Begins February 24 on TNT

“Dallas” will begin its third season on Monday, February 24, at 9 p.m., TV Guide reported today. The series will telecast eight episodes and then take a midseason break before resuming in the summer. Altogether, the season will consist of 15 hours. “Dallas,” which will start its third season more than 10 months after its second-season finale, […]

‘Dallas’s’ Second Season Comes to DVD on February 11

The second season of TNT’s “Dallas” will be released on DVD on Tuesday, February 11, TV Shows on DVD reported today. The four-disc set will contain all 15 episodes and sell for $39.98. Among the extras: an unedited interview with Larry Hagman, an extended version of the “J.R.’s Masterpiece” episode, deleted scenes and a recording […]

The Dallas Decoder Interview: Linda Gray

Dallas, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

I interviewed Linda Gray! It was an amazing experience — Gray was fun, insightful and extremely generous with her time. I’m so excited to share our conversation as part of Dallas Decoder’s Sue Ellen Week. I’d like to begin with something that I’ve waited my whole life to say to you, which is this: “Hello, darlin’.” [Laughs] […]

The Best & Worst of TNT’s Dallas: Season 2

The second season of TNT’s “Dallas” was even better than the first. Here are my laurels, along with a few darts. Performances She spent Season 1 on the sidelines, but Linda Gray became “Dallas’s” star player this year. After losing the election, Sue Ellen maneuvered her way into Ewing Energies, then fought tooth and manicured nail […]

The Dal-List: 10 Reasons TNT Should Renew ‘Dallas’

“Dallas” fans know who killed J.R. and what happened to Pam, but one question remains unanswered: Will TNT renew the show for a third season? To help the good people at TNT make up their minds, here are 10 good reasons to give “Dallas” another year. 10. “Dallas” is TNT’s most-watched show (right now). TNT showed […]

Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’ Ends the Season with Bigger Ratings

“Dallas” got a nice ratings boost on April 15 with a season-ending double feature that revealed what happened to Pam and who killed J.R. “Guilt by Association” the first of the evening’s two episodes, was seen by 2.82 million viewers, including 1 million adults between ages 18 and 49, an important demographic in TV ad sales. […]