The Art of Knots Landing: ‘Daniel’

J.R. and Abby (Larry Hagman, Donna Mills) have a meeting of the minds in this 1982 publicity shot from “Daniel,” a fourth-season “Knots Landing” episode.

Knots Landing Scene of the Day: ‘The Crown Stays in Dallas’

In “Daniel,” a fourth-season “Knots Landing” episode, Abby and J.R. (Donna Mills, Larry Hagman) are in his hotel room, where she gives him the missing chapters of Val’s book. ABBY: As promised, chapters 2, 5, 6, 11 and 18. [Places each chapter on a table] J.R.: [Pouring two glasses of champagne] Good, good. ABBY: Now, […]

Critique: ‘Knots Landing’ Episode 55 — ‘Daniel’

J.R. Ewing is sitting across from Abby Cunningham in his hotel room, where he’s invited her to join him for a seafood lunch. Of course, J.R. wants more from Abby than her company. She promised to sneak him a copy of Val’s soon-to-be-published novel about the Ewings, but Abby sent only a handful of chapters. […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 19 – ‘Ewings Unite!’

There’s a lot to like about “Ewings Unite!,” including Ken Kercheval’s chilling performance in the final scene and the sensational, old-school soap opera showdown between Joan Van Ark and Linda Gray, which is destined to become a “Dallas” classic. Unfortunately, this episode also gives us plenty to lament. Valene’s eagerly awaited reunion with Gary never […]

Goodbye, J.R.

I don’t know who came up with the idea that J.R. Ewing was the man we loved to hate, but nothing could have been further from the truth. Do you know anyone who hated J.R., ever? He was always the “Dallas” character we cared about most. The “Who Shot J.R.?” hysteria didn’t occur because people […]

The Dal-List: Classic ‘Dallas’s’ 8 Most Moving Funerals

J.R. Ewing will be laid to rest in “J.R.’s Masterpiece,” a special “Dallas” episode that TNT will telecast on Monday, March 11. Raise a glass of bourbon (and don’t forget the branch!) as we recall the most moving funerals from the original series, as well as two Ewing funerals seen on its “Knots Landing” spinoff. 8. […]

The Dallas Decoder Interview: Joan Van Ark

Mark your calendars: The March 18 episode of TNT’s “Dallas” will feature a guest appearance from Joan Van Ark, who immortalized the role of Valene Ewing on the original “Dallas” and its “Knots Landing” spinoff. I was honored to speak recently to Van Ark about her return to Southfork. You just filmed your first scenes […]

The Dallas Decoder Guide to Gary Ewing

Gary Ewing (Ted Shackelford) returns to Southfork in “The Furious and the Fast,” tonight’s episode of TNT’s “Dallas.” Gary appeared occasionally on the original “Dallas” and was a main character on its “Knots Landing” spinoff, but how much do you remember about him? Here’s a refresher. Mom liked Gary best. Jock and Miss Ellie had […]

The Dallas Decoder Interview: Ted Shackelford

Ted Shackelford logged more than 340 hours of prime-time television playing Gary Ewing on the original “Dallas” and “Knots Landing.” Next month, he’ll revive the character for a three-week guest stint on TNT’s “Dallas.” I was thrilled to speak to Shackelford recently about Gary’s return to Southfork. Did you ever dream you’d be playing Gary […]

The Dallas Decoder Guide to Surviving a Hostage Crisis

In “Blame Game,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode, Vicente Cano ambushes Southfork and holds the Ewings captive. Dumb move, Vicente. These people are experts at surviving hostage crises, as they demonstrated time and again on the original “Dallas” and its “Knots Landing” spinoff. Let them show you how. Beware of cute boys with shaggy hair. The best way […]