Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’ Season 2 Arrives on DVD

“Dallas’s” second season arrives on DVD today, and not a moment too soon. Fans now have less than two weeks to catch up with the Ewings before TNT begins televising Season 3 on Monday, February 24. It’s a good thing many of us have a long weekend coming up. We’re going to need it. The […]

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 […]

Who Should Be Dallas Decoder’s Person of the Year?

It’s almost time to announce Dallas Decoder’s Person of the Year, a designation I give to the individual — or individuals — I feel made the most important contribution to the “Dallas” franchise during the past 12 months. In 2012, I chose Larry Hagman for the inaugural honor in recognition of his work during TNT’s first […]

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 […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 18 – ‘J.R.’s Masterpiece’

It isn’t quite accurate to call “J.R.’s Masterpiece” the first “Dallas” episode without J.R. Ewing. Our hero is present, even if he isn’t physically there. We see Larry Hagman in the special opening credits, which offer a moving, mournful version of Jerrold Immel’s classic theme music and memorably end with J.R. disappearing into white light. […]

Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’ is on DVD. Go Ahead and Get Carried Away.

The first season of TNT’s “Dallas” was released on DVD last week. It has all 10 episodes and 2 hours of bonus material, including some Larry Hagman goodness you’ve never seen before. In other words: Take a day off work. You’re going to need it. The extras feature more than 25 deleted scenes, including three […]

Dallas Parallels: ‘Power’ Tips

Few moments during TNT’s first “Dallas” season made me smile as much as the scene where J.R. tells John Ross, “Real power is something you take.” This was more than a great line – it was also a tribute to one of the old show’s classic sequences. In the fourth-season episode “Executive Wife,” Bobby storms […]

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

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 […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 9 – ‘Family Business’

“Family Business” offers nothing less than the redemption of J.R. Ewing. In this deeply poignant episode, our aging antihero is called upon to face hard truths and make tough choices, and for once in his life, he does the right thing. By the time the closing credits roll, J.R. has a grown as a person. […]