Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘It Was You, Kristin, Who Shot J.R.’

In “Who Done It?,” a fourth-season “Dallas” episode, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) arrives at Southfork to find J.R. (Larry Hagman) reading in his wheelchair on the patio. SUE ELLEN: J.R.? J.R.: [Looks up from his book, startled] What are you doing here? SUE ELLEN: Where’s Kristin? J.R.: Don’t come any closer. [Moves his wheelchair toward […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 58 – ‘Who Done It?’

“Who Done It?” brought the world to a standstill. Eighty-three million Americans, or roughly one-third of the nation’s population, watched this episode on the night it aired in 1980, a record at the time. The global audience is estimated in the hundreds of millions. I’m sure many viewers still remember where they were and who […]

Drill Bits: For Patrick Duffy, Edits Go with the TV Territory

TNT’s “Dallas” has given audiences lots of great scenes this season, but some of the best moments – like J.R. and Sue Ellen’s dance at the Ewing barbecue in “The Last Hurrah” – have been left on the cutting room floor. As Patrick Duffy sees it, that’s showbiz. “Several of my favorite scenes didn’t make […]

Drill Bits: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Wrangles Big Audience

The June 13 debut of TNT’s “Dallas” drew 6.9 million viewers, becoming the year’s most-watched premiere of a cable drama or comedy. The audience included a healthy 1.9 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, the group advertisers pay a premium to reach. “Dallas’s” two-hour premiere drew more viewers than any program on […]