The Dallas Decoder Interview: Kristina Hagman

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“The Eternal Party,” a biography of Larry Hagman written by his daughter Kristina Hagman, was published last month. I interviewed her recently about the book and her memories of her famous father. Let me start by expressing my condolences on the recent death of your mom, Maj Hagman. I enjoyed learning more about her in […]

Remembering Larry Hagman, the Life of the ‘Party’

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I’ve always believed famous people are as entitled to their privacy as anyone else, which is why I hesitated to read “The Eternal Party,” the new biography of Larry Hagman written by his daughter Kristina. The pre-publication publicity made it clear the book would contain information that Larry might have preferred to keep private, and […]

Dallas Decoder’s Summer Vacations Guide

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Planning to hit the road this summer? To have the happiest of holidays, let the Ewings be your guide. Mix business with pleasure. Experts say you should unplug from work when you’re on vacation, but don’t tell that to J.R. Ewing. Did this man ever take a break? Not only did J.R. pursue multi-million-dollar oil […]

30 Years Later, ‘Dallas’s’ Shower Scene Still Makes a Splash

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In so many ways, “Dallas” is the show that invented modern television. It’s not just that J.R. Ewing gave rise to Tony Soprano, Frank Underwood and the myriad antiheroes who now dominate dramatic TV storytelling. “Dallas” also changed how we watch TV. Before the series debuted in 1978, prime time was marked by episodic fare […]

On April 18, #DallasChat Gets Down to Business

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat will be Monday, April 18, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Our theme will be “Down to Business,” and questions will be posted on Twitter and Facebook. If you want to participate on Twitter, here’s how it will work: I’ll tweet 10 questions from my Twitter handle, @DallasDecoder. You’re encouraged […]

Are You Tough Enough for Our April 11 #DallasChat?

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat will be Monday, April 11, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Our theme will be “Ewing Tough,” and questions will be posted on Twitter and Facebook. If you want to participate on Twitter, here’s how it will work: I’ll tweet 10 questions from my Twitter handle, @DallasDecoder. Answer each question […]

George Kennedy: ‘Dallas’ Villain, Real Life Hero

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George Kennedy was nothing if not versatile. The actor, who died last week at 91, brought to life such diverse characters as Joe Patroni, the everyman hero of the “Airport” disaster flicks, and Ed Hocken, the dimwitted police captain in the “Naked Gun” movies. Kennedy’s most famous role is the one that won him a […]

Celebrate Leap Day With #DallasChat

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Monday, February 29, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Given the date, our theme will be “Leap Day.” If you’re new to #DallasChat — or if you need a refresher — here’s how it works: During each hour-long discussion, I tweet 10 questions from my Twitter […]

You’ll Face Tough Choices During Our Feb. 22 #DallasChat

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Monday, February 22, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. This discussion will be centered around “Would you rather” questions. (An example appears below.) Get ready to face some tough choices! If you’re new to #DallasChat — or if you need a refresher — here’s how it […]

You’ll Feel the Love During Our Feb. 8 #DallasChat

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Monday, February 8, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, our theme will be “Isn’t It Romantic? II” Like last year’s session, we’ll discuss “Dallas’s” best — and worst — couples. Are you new to #DallasChat? Here’s how it works: […]