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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:20 am    Post subject: Dallas to return Reply with quote

Anyone else set to welcome the return of the Ewing family and Southfork with its gale-force winds etc? I am Very Happy)

The only reason I got hooked on Dallas in the 1980s was down to Wogan. I was a regular listener back then and he used to send up the show like nobody's business so I felt I was missing out by not watching.

Lucy Ewing is always referred to as "The Poison Dwarf". Am I right in thinking that it was Wogan who coined that name for her?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a fan of Dallas or Wogan for that matter but I know many people loved the series and I'm wondering Eileen whether you are talking about repeats of the old episodes or a new series altogether

If it's the latter then I think generally reviving old TV shows is not a good idea as it's just not the same second time round whereas if it's a case of them reshowing the old stuff then probably a lot of people would appreciate that and I would guess that there would be a whole new audience who don't remember the original series Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved Dallas so looking forward to its return!

We saw probably the 2nd or 3rd episode on our first ever trip to the US, California to be precise, then when we got home it started on BBC and I was right back there!

We have friends who now live near Dallas Airport so we visited Southfork about 5 years ago. My pic on Twitter is of me standing on the bedroom balcony overlooking the swimming pool. The house is a lot smaller than you think but fantastic to visit. As we turned onto the long driveway up we couldn't resist singing the theme.......... Sad, I know!

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PS as far as I know it was Wogan who coined the Poison Dwarf name!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved Dallas (until the shower scene Twisted Evil )and used to long for JR to get his comeuppence Twisted Evil I think I'd give it a go if only for the nostalgia factor...

I remember well the night of the much awaited "Who Killed JR" episode. We had settled down to watch when my brother called round... instead of the usual offer of a drink he was told to shush and sit down.... Very Happy
As the episode unfolded and we were about to find out who the culprit was my brother went to the bathroom ..a minute or so later the television, and everything else went off, and we all sat there stunned ...hearing laughter from the hall we went to investigate ...my brother thought it a wizard prank to turn the electricity off at the crucial moment ... Evil or Very Mad he had come round especially for that reason....we did manage to get the power supply on before the murderer was revealed but only my brother thought his prank funny ..Twisted Evil

Must have been a lovely experience to be at Southfork,Helen....and I would have sung the theme tune, too, if I'd been in your place.. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dallas is already being shown again on one of the FreeSat stations... CBS Drama probably.. I have it series record but to be honest, I'm fed up with watching it again already. ( the same goes for Cheers too )
I was a big fan back in the day and I was totally in awe of JR.. I much preferred him to his goody goody brother! Laughing
I recall one night I had a very irate Boss on the phone demanding to know why I wasn't in doing overtime... "I'm watching Dallas" I said.
"DALLAS??" he exploded "I need you here now boy" he blasted, slamming the phone down Laughing ( I did report in after the show.. Embarassed )
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think they are the re runs SanteFe. They are bringing it back, updated I suppose.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:

Must have been a lovely experience to be at Southfork,Helen....and I would have sung the theme tune, too, if I'd been in your place.. Very Happy


It was Becky! There is a museum of sorts with films of various characters, some of which I must admit I'd forgotten about. Then there were pics of the hairstyles etc.

We also went to Fort Worth Stock Yards (our friends live about midway between Dallas and Fort Worth) where the cattle markets were in bygone times with the big canning companies like Armour etc. There is a big station and the long trains would transport the meat across the country. It's all touristy now but nice. It's also where 'the Cattleman's club' is which JR Ewing would often refer to on the show. They do a cattle run down the main street every day and it's very authentic, a lot of the stores sell cowboy stuff. We bought some Christmas tree decorations in the shape of cowboy boots for the tree!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a brand new series!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I know that thank you Shaky!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going by the photos in the papers Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray have worn pretty well and will be playing their characters in old age.

Apparently the respective sons of JR and Bobby are at loggerheads over John Ross's ambition to drill for oil on the Ewing estate which was expressly against the wishes of their late grandmother Miss Ellie. Bobby's (adopted) son is the good guy (natch) into green energy etc. A wind turbine on their patio might be a good start Smile!

I'm pleased to note that other original characters will be turning up like Cliff Barnes, Ray Krebs and Lucy Ewing, the aforementiond Poison Dwarf Very Happy.

Oh how it all comes flooding back Very Happy.

PS Helen, it sounds as if you had a great time on that visit and, like Becky, I too couldn't have resisted singing the theme tune (I can hear it in my head now although I haven't seen the show in donkey's years!) Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Yes I know that thank you Shaky!

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I think that Shaky was probably replying to the question I asked because,not being a huge Dallas fan,I didn't know the answer Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it a newly-commissioned series? If so, I predict it will run for one season and then the US commissioning network will drop it. It's a daft (and deeply unimaginative) idea!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It starts in the US tonight apparently. Got in the car to hear Steve Wright playing the theme tune this afternoon. I didn't hear any mention of when it will be shown over here though.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The views of the American press on the return of Dallas...

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-06-14/what-does-america-think-of-the-new-series-of-dallas
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Becky! I missed the first hour of Drivetime so may listen back. The picture with the house in the background brings it all back to me.

I must ask our friends if they watched it as they only moved to the US in '99 so were here when the original series went out.

I hope it lasts longer than Pan Am did! I actually enjoyed that partly for the historical bits and for the airline intrigue which did ring true even though I first worked for one in the early 70s rather than the 60s when it was set. Life was a lot simpler then!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
Helen May wrote:
Yes I know that thank you Shaky!

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I think that Shaky was probably replying to the question I asked because,not being a huge Dallas fan,I didn't know the answer Embarassed


Thank you - that's what I was doing but Helen likes to get a dig at me when I try to help someone out apparantly.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well as mine was the post before yours it's normal to assume that you are responding to that one, unless you indicate otherwise that is. No other reason as to why I replied as I did.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Thanks for that Becky! I missed the first hour of Drivetime so may listen back. The picture with the house in the background brings it all back to me.

I must ask our friends if they watched it as they only moved to the US in '99 so were here when the original series went out.

I hope it lasts longer than Pan Am did! I actually enjoyed that partly for the historical bits and for the airline intrigue which did ring true even though I first worked for one in the early 70s rather than the 60s when it was set. Life was a lot simpler then!

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I watched the first episode of Pan Am,Helen, but it wasn't for me ...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It got a bit better Becky, but I can see why it probably wasn't re commissioned!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Becky, thanks for the US reviews.

I love this quote:
The Ewings are proof positive that money can never buy happiness, especially when JR Ewing is anywhere near the purse strings: “Blood may be thicker than water,” he tells his son and heir, “but oil is thicker than both.”

Sounds as if it is going to be fun Smile.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
Becky, thanks for the US reviews.

I love this quote:
The Ewings are proof positive that money can never buy happiness, especially when JR Ewing is anywhere near the purse strings: “Blood may be thicker than water,” he tells his son and heir, “but oil is thicker than both.”


Sounds as if it is going to be fun Smile.

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This one caught my eye...

"The Ewing clan still makes the Medicis look like the Waltons"...I loved The Waltons.. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Wogan's column in today's Sunday Telegraph (24 June):

"Mention of which inevitably draws comparison with that far more inspiring tale of American family life, Dallas. It has been revived, they tell me, but can it ever be the same? Does Southfork still stand proudly on the prairie? Will those multibillionaires still hold their parties and weddings on the drive, in front of the garage? Will the walk-in wardrobes of those wealthy Texans still have wire coat-hangers? Will the lavishly appointed house still boast only one telephone, in the hall? Will characters still change bodies, and nobody notice? Will Sue Ellen yet sit around the little swimming pool, the cruel wind whipping her coiffure into her teeth? Will the Oil Barons’ Ball, Dallas’s social occasion of the year, still be held in a small room with no more than 10 people, and no band? Will the whole plot change, because someone nods off in the shower?

Whatever changes the new-look Dallas brings, please tell me that JR Ewing will still be sticking it to all and sundry without ever taking off that stetson with the budgie feathers round the rim."

Very Happy

Oh I am so-o-o looking forward to it!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting that,Eileen...made me Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brings it all back doesn't it!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just read that it will be on our screens in September on Channel 5.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More news on the return of Dallas... Smile

A second series has been commissioned "after the show's comeback proved a ratings hit."

Veteran cast member Larry Hagman, whose character J.R. Ewing was famously gunned down in a 1980s cliffhanger, tells Britain's Daily Express, "I hope I don't get shot again. If I hold out for more money this time they might kill me off."


http://www.ksn.com/entertainment/story/Dallas-renewed/X2Bmd_0r90eewYFkDlv8jQ.cspx
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh goodie Very Happy. I hope it proves popular in the UK as well so that we get to see the second series.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are 2 programmes tonight on Channel 5 starting at 10pm in which John Barrowman visits the Dallas set Smile and previews the upcoming new series.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reminder Eileen, I'd noticed earlier in the week!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you see them Helen? I forgot in the end and can't get Channel 5 to replay.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched them both last night as I forgot on Wednesday night as well. They were on from 7.55. Maybe they will be on Channel 5 catch up from today?

It was great to see it all again, Linda Gray looks fantastic. Brought my visit all back to me! I've a photo of me on that famous balcony overlooking the swimming pool!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've tried again to replay but I can only view the clips. Looking at the comments from others, a number of people can't replay the full episodes.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've "booked" the main TV for 9pm tonight as I can't get Channel 5 to replay. I hope to be watching it on my own Very Happy thus avoiding sarky comments.
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I've set the Sky box to record but may watch it live depending on what else is going on! WDYTYA is on at the same time on BBC1 and it's Annie Lennox.

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I'll record Annie Lennox - should be interesting, but then all those programmes are.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched and really enjoyed it. A couple of familiar characters turned up besides the main three. I won't spoil it by going into the plot details but apparently in JR's case the cure for depression is the prospect of a good old family feud! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Eileen for not giving it away! We watched Annie Lennox which was good too.

I think it must be on again on Friday (Dallas) as my series link has set itself to record another episode.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pantomime season has arrived good and early with the return of Dallas .....lots to boo and hiss from the off......Very Happy ..won't say any more because Helen has yet to watch the first one..

Good to hear the theme music again and see that split screen.. Very Happy
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I remember working on an editing job for a corporate video client (I think it was Xerox) back in the late 80s when we built a sequence which emulated the Dallas opening title sequence with the triple screen elements. It took several hours in a suite costing £120 per hour! Today, I can do that really easily on my Mac editing system in less than an hour using professional industry standard software that costs £129.99. That gives an indication of just how technology has changed between the old Dallas and the new Dallas!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched my recording last night and it was good! Lots of plots simmering there as well.

Amazing how big the ranch looks from the shots but it is quite small when you get close up, even though there is all the land roundabout.

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