#DallasChat Daily: What Were ‘Dallas’s’ Best/Worst Recasts?

“Dallas” recast several roles over the years. Which ones worked? Which ones failed? Among the choices: Miss Ellie (played by Barbara Bel Geddes and Donna Reed), Gary (David Ackroyd, Ted Shackelford), Pam (Victoria Principal, Margaret Michaels), Digger (David Wayne, Keenan Wynn) and Kristin (Colleen Camp, Mary Crosby). There were also three Jennas: Morgan Fairchild, Priscilla […]

#DallasChat Daily: Which Gal Should’ve Married Bobby?

Bobby Ewing has dated many women on “Dallas,” but not all of them got to marry him. For every Pam Barnes who makes the cut, there’s a Jenna Wade who doesn’t. In retrospect, which girlfriend deserved to become a Bobby bride? Was it Jenna, who had a bad habit of leaving him at the altar? […]

#DallasChat Daily: Should Pam Stay Dead?

Pamela Jean Barnes Ewing Ewing died 25 years ago today, according to the death certificate shown on TNT’s “Dallas” last season. The character, last played by Margaret Michaels, succumbed to cancer not long after recovering from her horrifying car accident. Of course, this is “Dallas,” so many fans can’t help but wonder: Is Pam gone for […]

The Dallas Decoder Interview: Margaret Michaels

Dallas, Margaret Michaels, Pam Ewing

Margaret Michaels occupies a unique place in “Dallas” history. In 1988, one year after Victoria Principal left the original series, Michaels played Pam Ewing in two scenes designed to give the character closure after her fiery car crash and disappearance from Southfork. The following season, Michaels returned for a few episodes as Jeanne O’Brien, a […]

Dallas Parallels: O Mother, Where Art Thou?

Dallas, Pam Ewing, Prodigal Mother, Victoria Principal

If Christopher’s search for Pam on TNT’s “Dallas” reminded you of Pam’s search for Rebecca on the original series, you’re not alone. There are several similarities between the two storylines — and also one big difference, reminding us how history never repeats itself exactly, even on “Dallas.” This one is kind of complicated, so let’s take it […]

Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’ Holds Steady in the Ratings

“Dallas’s” March 25 telecast, “Guilt and Innocence,” was seen by 2.6 million viewers, including roughly 890,000 adults between ages 18 and 49, a demographic that advertisers pay top dollar to reach. The numbers are down slightly from the March 18 telecast, “Ewings Unite!,” which scored 2.7 million viewers, including 1 million people between 18 and […]

The Dallas Decoder Guide to That Darned Barnes Family

The Barneses are back: In “Revelations,” the first-season finale of TNT’s “Dallas,” we learned Rebecca Sutter Ewing is Pamela Rebecca Barnes, Cliff’s daughter. Need a refresher on the rest of the Barneses? Here’s a look at who’s who, how they’re related to each other and the Ewings and some of their family traditions, including their penchant […]