Friday, June 21, 2024

TV: “Dallas” Plans a Big Wedding, But Will All The Vets Be There?


The reboot of “Dallas” is coming for a third season on TNT in February. It’s the first time “Dallas” is being attempted without Larry Hagman as its driving force, JR Ewing. I was told a couple of weeks ago that the show is shooting a big wedding episode–maybe for JR’s son, John Ross.

But will all the Ewings be there? Yesterday after her beautiful reading at Julie Harris’s memorial service, I asked Joan van Ark, who played Valene Ewing on “Dallas” and “Knots Landing” for nigh on 20 years, if she’d be on the groom’s side.

“Ted [Shackelford, who plays Gary Ewing] and I were not invited to the wedding,” van Ark told me. “We were on ‘Dallas’ last year. Ted’s not sure if we’re ever going back. But I’m convinced we are. I’d like to mix it up with Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) some more. And the fans love the original characters.”

I hope she’s right. So far “Dallas” re-booter Cynthia Cidre’s done a good job keeping “Dallas” in line with its roots. The fans want to see the original characters as much as possible and that means all the Ewings since JR is sadly gone.

van Ark, by the way, does an amazing amount of voice over work. You can hear her sultry tones on a lot of commercials!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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