Feliz lunes, and welcome back from another too short weekend. Am I right?
Everyone wondered if “Dallas” could survive J.R.’s death. The epic, satisfying, downright fun finale serves as the show’s argument that a third season is not only a possibility but a necessity. As the writers had no idea whether the show would be back, the two-hour episode wraps up enough stories that it could serve as […]
I watched the first post-J.R.episode of “Dallas” Monday night with trepidation. Though Larry Hagman was usually only in a few scenes each episode, J.R. was the person viewers tuned in to see. There was every possibility that the show would crumble without him. It definitely felt like something was missing. But it helped that the […]
J.R. Ewing was many things: patriarch, schemer, lover, fighter. He was something else that is rarely acknowledged: the prototype for the modern, morally ambiguous television protagonist. There is a direct line from J.R. Ewing to Tony Soprano, Don Draper and Walter White. During the original “Dallas,” the show was perceived as populist trash. “Hill Street […]
If you are guilty of a crime, and you confess to committing said crime, you will be convicted. Not even the wit and wisdom of J.R. will be able to save you. That’s the lesson of this week’s “Dallas“, “Trial and Error.” With the focus on Ann’s (Brenda Strong) trial for shooting Harris (Mitch Pileggi), […]
Wednesday nights are not going to be the same without J.R.’s eyebrows. Wednesday’s season finale of TNT’s “Dallas” did not go the cliched route of ending with somebody shooting J.R. (Larry Hagman) or version 2.0, John Ross (Josh Henderson). Instead it went out with a metaphorical bang, as storylines converged around one man: J.R.’s lifelong […]
When life hands you a challenge, just ask yourself WWJRD? — What Would J.R. Do? The octogenarian oil baron with the ten foot long eyebrows has the answer. He can torpedo a business deal, manipulate four different family members four different ways and smite an old enemy before breakfast. In the second week of “Dallas“, […]
TNT is sudsing up for its hotly anticipated remake of the classic prime-time soap “Dallas,” and if its steamy new promo is any indication, it’s going to be one of summer’s guiltiest pleasures.