Home Uncategorized “Dallas” JR Mystery Ends with A Funny In-Joke About Victoria Principal

The “Dallas” reboot ended with a whimper, an in joke about Victoria Principal and the answer to who killed JR Ewing. Principal said some time ago she would not return to “Dallas” and she meant it. But was she asked at all? I doubt it. As one “Dallas”-Lorimar former insider said to me last night: “They [the show] always hated her. Why? Because she told them–” he made gesture meaning, “f- off.” Indeed, Principal left “Dallas” at the height of her popularity and the show’s. Larry Hagman, the producers, and the cast did not mind seeing her go. When I wrote a piece in 1991 about the end of the real “Dallas” all I heard from the supporting cast were horror stories about Principal.

In last night’s finale, it was revealed that Pam Ewing had died of cancer 24 years ago. The in joke? The man who was her “husband” was a plastic surgeon. Principal was married for years in a tempestuous union with Hollywood cutter Dr. Harry Glassman. So that was their nod to Principal, who may– oh — cut off her to spite her face all those years ago.

And where does “Dallas” go from here? I guess TNT could renew it. I don’t see why, though. With Hagman gone, the stories are wrapped up. There’s no compelling reason to keep going. This “Dallas” was fun, but the real story of the Ewings is over. If it does come back, they’re going to have inject some humor and stop shooting the show like it’s a skyscraper drama mixed with “Blade Runner.”

Oh, who killed JR? Sadly, it doesn’t matter.

25 replies to this post
  1. Loves the old and new Dallas. THERE ARE LOTS OF RELATIONSHIOS OF THE OLD AND NEW XHARACTERS TO EXPLORE. IT WAS SUCH A SHAME VICTORIA PRINCIPAL NEVER CAME BACK BUT WHAT ABOUT LUCAS KREBBS…BOBBY’S OTHER SON….WHAT ABOUT MOLLY KREBBS…JR’S OTHER KIDS…PLUS ALL THE NEW CHARACTERS WHO ARE GREAT…LOTS OF STORYLINES….PATRICK DUFFY N LINDA GRAY ROCK…KEEP IT COMING I SAU !!!

  2. They should beg Victoria Principle to come back and that would be the very best thing for the show. She has a glamour and poise that draws in viewers.

  3. I have a rather hard time believing that Miss Principal was not invited back. For me, she WAS Dallas up until she left. After she was gone, The show became unwatchable for me.

  4. Is Dallas coming back on tv I love the show the actor are awesome plus Linda gray is awesome
    The whole cast is great
    Krissy

  5. I can’t imagine what kind of storylines could be thought up for a third season…..the Bobby/Pam storyline is dead, J.R. is dead and the only original cast members they could bring back, that hasn’t been brought back is Katherine Wentworth, Gary and Val Ewing, and maybe even getting Cliff Barnes out of that Mexican jail and continue the Barnes-Ewing fight…..GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!!!

  6. What I have to say about the New Dallas in comparison to the Original Dallas, is how could JR have switched the land deeds when Southfork Ranch was already Miss Ellie’s land. The feud between the Barnes and the Ewings started before JR was born. It started with Digger Barnes (Cliff, and Pam’s) father, and JR’s father Jock. Digger Barnes always said that the Ewings stole his claim, and that would have had to have happened BEFORE JR and Bobby were born.Or when at least they were kids. It would have been more believeable if the deeds were signed by Jock Ewing, when Cliff showed his share to Christopher’s girlfriend in the Mexican jail. I bet the writer’s didn’t think about the fans from the Original show, and know the inside stories of the Barnes, Ewings feud.

  7. I surely hope Dallas returns for another season and many more after!! It is the BEST show on TV right now. With all the boring “reality” shows it is so nice to watch a show like Dallas. My teenage daughter loves it and so does my husband…never in a million years would I have expected either of them to watch and definately not LOVE a show that I watch..lol…I don’t feel that Larry Hagman’s death has any impact on the show now because all the characters hold their own..I was a HUGE Dallas fan back in the day and I never thought I would like this one anywhere close but aside from not having the Bobby/Pam relationship that the show really needs I love it!!! If it doesn’t continue for more seasons I guess I won’t really have a need for cable anymore lol…(and TNT is now a channel that I make sure we have on our channel line up when before I don’t think I ever watched anything on it..I wasn’t even sure we had TNT when I heard Dallas was going to be on it but I made sure quickly we did!) Love Dallas!!!

  8. Dallas is AWESOME !!!!!
    I didnt actually watch it the first time around, BUT I love it now.
    This show can carry any character it wants even if they are there or not. As for JR is legacy will carry on forever !!! All you have to do is speak his name and you know what they are talking about. The crew they have on the “new” Dallas can carry their weight as the the “old” Dallas. I can’t wait for it to come back on. The story keeps you wanting more each week. They have not failed me yet. The Barnes & Ewing fued will never die…….. Now you will start having the “kids” starting the cycle again as their parents did….

  9. It has already been renewed for a third season. I enjoy it a lot. This story about Miss Principal to me is bogus. While there may have been some of the cast who did not care for her, I seriously doubt it was all of them. Keep it coming TNT.

  10. I love the new show as much as the last one. I rember my mom and dad watching it. I have all the old show on taps. I think they can go on with out JR! If they keep bring old people back that will help as well! I hope it comes back for more seasons. Love my Monday nights .

  11. FIRST OFF I DONT THINK THE CAST HATED VICTORIA BECAUSE FIRST OFF PATRICK DUFFY AND LINDA GRAY ,STEVE KANALY CHARLENE TILTON ALL ENJOYED WORKING WITH HER AND IF SHE WERENT LIKED THE PRODUCERS WOULD HAVE NEVER CONTACTED HER ABOUT POSSIBLE MAKING AN APPEARANCE ON THE NEW SHOW ALSO LETS NOT FORGET THAT SHE APPEARED IN THE RETURN TO SOUTHFORK REUNION SHOW

  12. What TV show were you watching last night? Our family was watching DALLAS and thought that season #2 ended on anything but a whimper. We thought it went out with a bang!! Hope TNT brings us a third season as we feel it’s strong enough to make it without Mr. Hagman.

  13. YES ME AND MY HUSBAND AS WELL LIKED WATCHING THE SHOW BECAUSE THAT WAS HOUR DATE NIGHT AS WELL AFTER WE GOT THE GRANDSON’S IN BED IT WAS HOUR TIME TOGETHER SO WE BOTH WOULD LIKE FOR ANOTHER SEASON TO COME ON AS WELL AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK WITH THE SHOW AND JUST DON’T QUIT AFTER TEO SHOW KEEP IN COMING WITH ALOT MORE SHOW OK PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

  14. Well I’m not sure some times its best to leave some things alone. But with TV you never know and some can come back from the dead.Dont want to turn a good thing into something sour.If Dallas ended in a good way then leave it that way. I think it did

  15. I would LOVE to see Dallas come back — but they’re going to need to create a really good villain — a superbly hot actor or actress to come in and shake things up. Much like Joan Collins did when she joined Dynasty.

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the Ewing clan.

    R.I.P. to my beloved Larry Hagman.

  16. My Hubby and I are huge fans of Dallas. Hopefully they will renew it without Larry Hagman being here is body. As we all know you will never be able to forget JR. John Ross, Jr. is a chip off the old block. Hope that it’s gets renewed now that we are hooked!

  17. I hope it comes back. It’s the ONLY thing I look forward to on Mondays. I love the dynamics of everyone. And although JR will be missed there is enough feuding & backstabbing going on to make it continue for another season!!

  18. I liked the way it ended and hope they renew for a third season. I think Josh Hendersen is becoming a great junior JR! I love Linda Gray’s new Sue Ellen. I don’t like Elena Ramos and think it’s wonderful that she will be the new generation feud!

  19. loved great finale last night it was soo JR to go out in his own way and by either his own hands or by his control. As far as the Pam Ewing being dead plot…she has been presumed to be dead for
    many years and if she didn’t want to return to the show why not end it?? can’t keep the plot open forever. I agree with Bobby’s reaction he did mourn for her long ago. As far as ending it cause there is nothing else for “Dallas” we have to remember that this show nowshould focus on younger generation of Ewing/Barnes family..Its great to see the originals but they should move over for the younger ones. There is plenty more back stabbing that can come the whole Elena plot of the history of her dad and J.R keep up the good work can’t wait for new season!!!

  20. I think that the show can go on with out JR. We will have his picture to look at in every episode the way we did his dad back in the day. Plus john ross is good at being bad..The show must go on.

  21. It would be nice to have a little lightness with all of the back-stabbing. My husband and I were HUGE Dallas Fans back in the day: our in-home Date Night as it were. We have enjoyed the new version, especially now that it has simmered down a bit. It think that last night’s finale was very appropriate and touching, with a little “here is what comes next” thrown in. I hope that it comes back.

What do you think?