On April, 2 1978 Dallas premiered to the world. It was originally scheduled to be a five part mini series about a man and woman from two rivalry families— Romeo and Juliet kind of love story. After the mini became a success, producers moved forward in making another season.The show slowly picked up an audience as it’s popularity grew. These new seasons were 25-26 episodes per season. The formula that the writers, producers, and actors had created was a phenomenon. The fans were intrigued by the backstabbing, family struggles, and affairs. Viewers were glued to their televisions every Friday night to see what was next for the Ewings at Southfork Ranch. The show’s writers created just the right mix of struggles of love and hate, greed and compassion, and wealth and power. The multiple storylines kept the viewers, and more and more viewers kept the ratings rising. With every season the show grew in popularity. This fact was very apparent after the 1980 cliffhanger, “Who Shot J.R.” aired. Everyone wanted to know who was the culprit. The big, rich, oil family known as the Ewings had struck it big!
Dallas was translated into 67 languages in over 90 countries. Even Queen Elizabeth herself asked Larry Hagman who shot his character on the show! It was an international success. The show had global appeal that everyone wanted to be a part of. It was a melodramatic pleasure that made the viewers feel as if they were living this rich wealthy lifestyle right along side of the Ewings. The international audience was definitely key to the success of Dallas. Dallas was a turning point in global television history because of its international appeal.
When TNT decided to do a reboot of the show, fans were ecstatic! The internet blew up with stories of the famous show being revived. Old and new fans eagerly awaited the arrival of the rebooted Dallas! The shows creators slowly released the cast of the show. Once Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray confirmed their parts on the new show, the old fans went crazy. Next the “new cast” was announced, and the younger fans were drawn into the mix. As a fan of the original Dallas, I must say that I was skeptical at first. How were they going to pull this off? Will the new show be as good as the old one?
To all you would-be Dallas fans out over the Globe, you would have and will again too love Dallas! Head writer of Dallas 2.0, Cynthia Cidre balanced the old Dallas with the new one with great aplomb. It was almost as if she had written for the old Dallas back in the 80’s! We at LTAS applaud her for that. She honored the old actors and fans by writing story for actors that stayed true to character.
Some have wondered how the Dallas reboot survived the death of iconic character, JR Ewing, played by Larry Hagman. We at LTAS say it was the same way it survived the death of another iconic character in the 80s, Jim Davis who played Jock Ewing. Again, by staying true to character. And honoring Dallas’ history by giving the 20-year-love-story between JR and Sue Ellen the respectful closure it deserved, so heartbreakingly played by Linda Gray, who truly deserved an Emmy for her portrayal of Sue Ellen.
When the Dallas reboot was, well, rebooted, with John Ross and Christopher, it was as if we hadn’t missed an episode in 20 years—in no small part due to the eye candy that John Ross and Christopher had grown into. Bobby was still the patriarch of the Ewing family, ever the peacemaker. The Barnes/Ewings feud hadn’t lost it’s power and was more exciting than ever! Here in the U.S. we were left with a nail-biting cliffhanger when Dallas 2.0 left the airwaves.
To non-U.S.-resident-readers: for the love of Dallas, we ask you to unite with us and bring back Dallas. Warner Brothers now owns the rights to Dallas, so we must put pressure on the to return Dallas to its original home, CBS and to your countries out there. If you don’t speak or write English, write to CBS and Warner Brothers in your language—the top executives at CBS have translators!
I was pleasantly surprised overall at how well the reboot turned out. The head writer of the TNT reboot, Cynthia Cidre, did an excellent job at bringing in new viewers and tying in old facts to make the show a success. Unfortunately after the 3rd season of the Dallas reboot, (readers, we refer you to our previous blog on the Dallas reboot) TNT cancelled it. So many fans were devastated and rallied behind the show. #SaveDallas became a common hashtag on Twitter every single day. There are still tweets, Facebook posts, and petitions to #SaveDallas all over the Internet. Dallas fans remember: Don’t give up, keep posting, and long live Dallas!
Cynthia Cidre, in one of her many brilliant moves, honored the original Dallas and two of its most beloved characters by having Jock and Miss Ellie’s portraits hanging in South Fork. Now its time for Dallas fans to honor those characters’ memories as well by bringing Dallas home!
When we all, U.S. fans and fans the world over unite and bring Dallas back, Dynasty will follow, and eventually, so will so many of our beloved Daytime soaps, starting with All My Children and One Life to Live on ABC!
Here is a link to a CBS feedback form (choose other not listed): http://www.cbs.com/feedback/
Warner Bros Bring back Dallas home to CBS.
They try to make you choose what you’re messaging them about from a list of their current shows, but I’m pretty sure you can not choose any. Or choose a random one, and then in the body of your message write about Dallas!
And remember to always Stay Soapy!