Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 36 — ‘Hurt’

Bobby Ewing is the steward of Southfork, but Patrick Duffy is the steward of Bobby Ewing. In “Hurt,” Duffy steps behind the camera and directs his first “Dallas” episode in more than two decades, demonstrating how well he knows both his character and the mythology that defines this franchise. This is an hour rooted in […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 35 — ‘Dead Reckoning’

“Dead Reckoning” is another episode about loss and how the “Dallas” characters cope with it. In this one, John Ross suffers the demise of his marriage to Pamela and his dream of “becoming” J.R., while Christopher bids farewell to his latest love and the Ramoses mourn Drew’s death. This is the TNT series’ strongest hour […]

‘Dallas’ Takes a Ratings Hit Against Tough Competition

To the surprise of no one, “Dallas” took a hit in the ratings this week. The TNT drama’s latest episode, “Dead Reckoning,” debuted August 25, opposite NBC’s Primetime Emmys coverage. The result: The Emmys drew 15.59 million viewers — the annual broadcast’s second biggest haul in eight years — while “Dead Reckoning” drew 1.84 million, […]

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 […]

Dallas Burning Questions: Season 3, Week 3

Here are the questions we’re pondering as we await tonight’s telecast of “Playing Chicken,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode: • Is Harris telling the truth? In “Trust Me,” last week’s episode, Bobby and Ann (Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong) were stunned to discover Harris (Mitch Pileggi) was released from jail. When Bobby and Ann began investigating the circumstances […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 27 — ‘Trust Me’

Is “Trust Me” the most audacious episode in “Dallas” history? It’s hard to think of another one that shocked me more. Judith Ryland seals a deal with a Mexican drug lord by snorting a few lines of coke, Harris Ryland is revealed as a CIA informant — these are not the kinds of things we’re […]

More Details Released About ‘Dallas’s’ Third Season

TNT released some more tidbits about “Dallas’s” third season today, including clues about the new characters and how they’ll fit into the storylines. If you don’t want to know what’s going to happen, stop reading now. Here are the headlines: • TNT is pretty vague about what the main characters will be up to, although […]

‘Who Killed J.R.?’ Here’s My Final Theory in ‘Dallas’s’ Mystery

 Throughout the “Who Killed J.R.?” mystery, one thing has nagged at me: Is anyone “big” enough to take down the “Dallas” legend? This is why I never considered characters like Carlos del Sol or Carmen Ramos (Castulo Guerra, Marlene Forte) to be serious suspects. Even Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi), as important as he’s become to this […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 23 – ‘Love and Family’

The final moments in “Love and Family” give me chills. Bobby tells Sue Ellen they need to act like J.R. and let Cliff believe he’s won, and then as a rousing rock tune rises in the background, Bobby raises a glass of bourbon to a framed photograph of his beaming big brother. Cut to John […]

‘Who Killed J.R.?’ New Questions as the Mystery Deepens

 This week’s “Dallas” double feature, “A Call to Arms” and “Love and Family,” yielded some new clues in the “Who Killed J.R.?” mystery, along with six new questions: 1. Is Pam really alive? The Ewings’ contact in the Justice Department found a list of deposits being made to a Swiss bank account by Barnes Global. These payments mirrored […]