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‘Dallas’ Down In Third-Season Launch, But Not As Deep A Plunge As Season 2 Debut

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 12:21pm PST

A leveling off for TNT’s Dallas reboot, which bagged 2.7 million viewers with its third season debut – its smallest start yet. That said, it dallassuffered nowhere nearly as steep a fall as had its Season 2 starter. That season opened with  2.98 million viewers, but it was a 60% plunge compared to the hefty 6.9 million who’d welcomed the return of the Ewings in the less-crowded summer. That Season 2 starter had been a series low for the new Dallas. TNT notes last night’s third-season kickoff matches the new Dallas’ second-season average.
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TNT’s ‘Falling Skies’ & ‘Dallas’ Add Regulars

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Scarlett Byrne, who played Pansy Parkinson in the final three Harry Potter movies, has joined the cast of TNT‘s alien drama Falling Skies as a new series regular. She plays a mysterious young woman with special powers and an unusual connection to the alien invaders. Byrne’s character, who is said to be key to the story next season, is featured in the final frame (pictured right) of the recently released first Season 4 trailer. (You can watch it below). Byrne, repped by the BWH Agency, Schumacher Management, and Hansen Jacobsen, recently wrapped the feature Skybound.

Argentinian Juan Pablo di Pace (NBC‘s Camp) has joined TNT‘s soapy drama Dallas as new regular. He will play Nicolas Treviño, a powerful self-made billionaire businessman who comes across as a good, genuine guy, even though there are darker parts of his personality which he’s hiding. He is repped by Paula Rosenberg and Jamie Feldman. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: TF1 Demotes ‘Dallas’; ‘Behind The Candelabra’ To Open Deauville Festival; More

The Rise And Fall Of ‘Dallas’ In French Primetime
The new reboot of Dallas debuted with three episodes on June 22 on France’s TF1, for an average 3.6M viewers. But the second set of episodes lost about 1M sets of eyeballs, leading the channel to move the rest of the first season out of the first part of primetime and relegating it to 11:15 PM starting July 6. The network has not commented on its plans for future seasons, though it has rights to the second and third for a total of 30 episodes. Per French trade Le Film Français, those seasons could be moved to a TF1 affiliate. The original Dallas was a phenomenon in France, where reruns have aired for years. It even had its own French lyrics to the famous opening theme song. Translated, they go like this: “Dallas, your ruthless world glorifies the law of the fittest; Dallas, under your relentless sun the only thing you fear is death; Dallas, homeland of the dollar and oil…” (Here’s a YouTube video for the curious.)

‘Behind The Candelabra’ To Kick Off Deauville Fest

The Deauville Festival of American Film has set Steven Soderbergh‘s Behind The Candelabra as its opening-night movie. Stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will be on hand as will Soderbergh, who will also deliver a masterclass at the French fest. Producer Gale Anne Hurd will be the subject of a tribute. The festival, which runs a competition for U.S. indies and helps launch the European campaigns of studio pics, runs August 30 to September 8 in Normandy. Read More »

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EMMYS: Primetime Soaps

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:30pm PDT

Diane Haithman is an AwardsLine contributor.

What two popular TV show titles are least likely to occur in the same sentence? There is no single answer, but British producer Gareth Neame was decidedly taken aback when a family member came up with this combo: “We used to have Dallas. Now we have Downton.” Downton is, of course, the PBS Masterpiece hit Downton Abbey, the sprawling saga of the fabulously wealthy Crawley family, unfolding at the family’s English country estate. And Dallas is, well Dallas (1978-1991) CBS’ soapy saga of Texas oil baron J.R Ewing, set on the lavish Southfork Ranch. While the worlds of feathered bonnets and 10-gallon hats couldn’t seem more different, Downton executive producer Neame says the comparison confirmed what he’d been thinking when he proposed the series to creator-writer Julian Fellowes: Once again, there is room for the nighttime soap on the TV landscape.

As in the era of Dallas—which spawned Dynasty, Falcon Crest and Knots Landing—the primetime soap has surged in popularity with viewers. Along with the crown jewel Downton Abbey, witness the appearance of new and glamorous multigenerational sagas including ABC’s Nashville and Revenge. To prove the point, there’s even 
a new Dallas on TNT, with some of the original stars 
including Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy (J.R.’s “good” brother Bobby) returning to ruin each other’s lives for 
a new generation of viewers.

Related: ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 To Bow Jan. 5

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Texas Goes Large, Triples Film & TV Production Incentive

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 12:51pm PDT

The Lone Star State just ponied up some serious bucks to bring film and TV production to Texas. Last week the state Legislature voted $95 million for use by its Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program for the next two years. That’s a jump of $63 million from the program’s present level. Senate Bill 1 now moves to Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law. The state’s program was set to expire in August if it had not been refunded.

Related: ‘Entourage’ Movie, ‘Justified’ ‘Teen Wolf’ & ‘King And Maxwell’ Among Winners Of California Tax Credit Production Lottery

The bounce up from the program’s current $32 million level was in part due to $68 million allocated from the state’s Hotel Occupancy Tax. Like many states around the country, Texas has started offering lucrative incentives in recent years to lure production. The $95 million is the most Texas has ever committed to its TV and Film incentive program. The previous high was $63 million allocated in 2009 only to be cut to $32 million is statewide program budget cuts in 2011. While nowhere near the $420 million that New York offers annually, the newly approved Texas’ program is just a nose behind the $100 million that California awards producers and filmmakers every year under a lottery system. Read More »

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TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 11:32am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

As expected, TNT has renewed Dallas for a third season. No final decision on veteran Southland and freshman Monday Mornings, but neither is expected to be renewed. TNT will likely make the end of the two dramas official in the next two weeks as the cable network is gearing for its May 15 upfront presentation. Also likely coming up in the next week or so are the new TNT series pickups, with the Howard Gordon-produced Legends and Michael Bay-produced The Last Ship expected to get a nod. Produced by Warner Horizon Television, Dallas is a follow-up of the iconic 1980s series. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for the third season, which is slated to launch in early 2014. “Although we said goodbye to Larry Hagman and his iconic character J.R. Ewing this year, Dallas has many more stories left to tell, and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.’s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted,” TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright said.

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TNT Series ‘Dallas’, ‘Southland’, ‘Boston’s Finest’ & ‘Monday Mornings’ End Winter Runs With Their Fate Undecided

By | Monday April 15, 2013 @ 4:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The two-hour second season finale of TNT‘s Dallas tonight promises to answer the question who killed J.R. But the bigger question is when TNT will decide the fate of its four winter original series, Dallas, drama Southland and docu-reality series Boston’s Finest, which end their seasons on Wednesday, and drama Monday Mornings, which wrapped its freshman season last Monday.

Of the four, only Dallas appears to be a slam dunk for renewal. Hurt by its relocation to Mondays, Dallas was down from its big opening last June when it earned a second-season renewal a couple of weeks into its run. But ratings have rebounded, fueled by the sudden death of star Larry Hagman. The episode, in which Hagman’s character J.R. was laid to rest, drew 3.6 million viewers, rising to 4.9 million in Live+7. Tonight’s finale also is expected to pull in solid ratings. With its pre-sold title, Dallas also has generated strong international sales for TNT sibling Warner Bros. TV, so a renewal is fully expected.

Related: Victoria Principal Won’t Appear On TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Series

That can’t be said for another WBTV-produced drama, Southland, which is finishing its fifth season. The critically praised cop show has been a source of pride for TNT brass who … Read More »

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‘Dallas’ Hits High With J.R. Ewing Funeral

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 4:17pm PDT

The farewell to J.R. Ewing and Larry Hagman last night on Dallas pushed the TNT reboot to a season high. The series rose 23% among adults 18-49 and 28% in total viewers from last week’s episode, where the evil oilman was killed off. The star of the original Dallas and the reboot, Hagman died in the Texas city on November 23 while filming the second season of the show. Dallas pulled in 3.559 million total viewers and 1.099 million in the key demo Monday night. The older-leaning network also pulled in 1.377 million in the adults 25-54 demo, up 26% from last week’s show. While not nearly the 6.9 million total viewers who tuned in for the series premiere of the new Dallas last summer, that’s a nice rise from the average 2.6 million viewers who have been watching the series’ second season since its January 28 debut. Hagman appeared in the first seven episodes.

Related: ‘Dallas’ At Paleyfest: Who Shot J.R. Answer In Episode 15, Editing Tricks Saved Season

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‘Dallas’ At PaleyFest: Who Shot J.R. Answer In Episode 15; Editing Tricks Saved Season

By | Sunday March 10, 2013 @ 4:55pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Larry Hagman OscarsFans of the Dallas reboot on TNT will find out who shot (and killed) the iconic villainous oilman J.R. Ewing, and they won’t need to wait an entire summer to solve the cliffhanger. Exec producer Cynthia Cidre promised this afternoon during a Dallas panel at PaleyFest 2013 in Beverly Hills that the unknown assailant will be revealed at the end of the 15th and final episode of Season 2 in May, avoiding the possibility a potential outcry from fans such as erupted over the tease perpetrated by the AMC drama The Killing. To do otherwise, Cidre maintained, “would be like putting this great meal in front of (fans) and then taking it away.” The decision was made to kill off J.R. when the man who played him so memorably over a span of 35 years, Larry Hagman, died on November 23rd from leukemia complications at the age of 81. Hagman worked all the way up until his death, which came during the shooting of the season’s fifth episode. In the sixth episode script, J.R. is shot and killed by an unknown assailant, hearkening back to the original “Who Shot J.R.?” sensation in 1980. He’s murdered while on the telephone in a late-night conversation with his son John Ross (Josh Henderson) when we hear gunshots. The scene was made … Read More »

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Victoria Principal Won’t Appear On TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Series

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 3:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Victoria Principal, one of the iconic stars of the 1980s hit Dallas, is putting to rest rampant speculation that she may join her co-stars Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray on TNT‘s sequel series. In a statement released exclusively to Deadline, Principal explains why she would never reprise her character, last seen in a fiery car crash on the original series. Rumors about Principal possibly joining the new Dallas had intensified over the past couple of months following the sudden death of Larry Hagman. His passing left a void on the Dallas reboot, triggering speculation that producers may want to bring another star from the original show. There had been chatter that Principal’s character, Pamela Ewing, may appear at J.R.’s funeral and that an upcoming storyline on the show that may involve Pam; Pam and Bobby’s (Duffy) adopted son, Christopher, is played on the TNT series by Jesse Metcalfe. While down in the ratings in its current second season which airs on a new night, Dallas is considered likely to get a third-season renewal. Since leaving Dallas in 1987, Principal has created and runs a multimillion-dollar skin care line. Here is her statement:

“Since the inception of ‘Dallas’, the creators and fans around the world have referred to Bobby and Pam, as the Romeo & Juliet of ‘Dallas’. I could not

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TNT Streaming First 7 Episodes Of ‘Dallas’ Season 2 Leading To J.R. Ewing Funeral

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 11:00am PST

TNT is streaming the first 7 episodes of Dallas Season 2 in advance of the upcoming episode “J.R.’s Masterpiece”‘, which features the funeral for Larry Hagman’s iconic villain J.R. Ewing. The episodes will stream on TNTdrama.com through March 12, the day after ”J.R.’s Masterpiece” airs, and all 8 episodes will be streamable on that date. Hagman, who first played J.R. Ewing from 1978-1991 during the original run of Dallas on CBS, resumed the role for TNT’s 2012 revival. He died in November of leukemia, after which TNT confirmed that his character would be killed off rather than recast. Dallas has been suffering in the ratings, with the Season 2 premiere in January down almost 60% in viewership from the reboot’s Season 1 debut last June.

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David E. Kelley’s ‘Monday Mornings’ Debuts Weak; ‘Dallas’ Hits New Series Low

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 11:48am PST

TNT’s Monday Mornings had a sickly debut last night. The 10 PM premiere of the new medical drama pulled in just 1.34 million viewers in Live + Same Day. That’s a harsh drop from the 2.232 million Monday Mornings’ 9 PM lead-in Dallas got Monday with the second show of its second season. Monday Mornings averaged 386,000 among Adults 18-49 and 472,000 among the 25-54 demo. Dallas got 773,000 among the 18-49 and 917,000 among the 25-54. Last night was also a series low for Dallas. Monday Mornings is the debut of executive producer David E. Kelley on cable. The show is based on a book by CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who also serves as co-executive producer. Gupta’s upcoming Monday Mornings novel is set at Chelsea General and follows the lives of five surgeons as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings.

Related: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Returns With Series Low

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TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Returns With Series Low

By | Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 7:01pm PST

They did not have a good night at Southfork last night. The season two premiere of Dallas on TNT was down Monday almost 60% in terms of viewership from the reboot’s season one debut last June. Starting at 9 PM, Dallas pulled in just 2.98 million viewers compared to the 6.9 million who welcomed the return of the Ewings in the less crowded summer. That’s a series low for the new Dallas. Last night’s two-hour premiere was also significantly down from the 4.3 million who watched the season one finale on August 8. Among Adults 18-49, the season two premiere brought in 1.02 million viewers, down 27% from its season one average. Dallas pulled in 1.22 million viewers in the Adults 25-54 demo on Monday. That was a big drop from the 2.5 million in the demographic who watched the series premiere on June 13, 2012. It was also a 32% fall from the season one average. For its first season, Dallas averaged 4.5 million viewers in live plus same day delivery, with 1.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.8 million adults 25-54. The second season of Dallas has a 15-episode run, much of which will likely be without its villain J.R. Ewing played by Larry Hagman. The actor passed away on November 23, 2012 while filming the second season in the Texas city. Hagman is expected to appear in only the first six … Read More »

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Time Warner Licenses Animated Shows And ‘Dallas’ To Netflix

This is the second licensing deal the entertainment giant has cut with Netflix over the last week. In the latest one, beginning on March 30 the streaming service lands all past seasons of Cartoon Network‘s Adventure Time, Ben 10, Regular Show, and Johnny Bravo, as well as Warner Bros Animation’s Green Lantern. It also will have Adult Swim shows Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sony Pictures Television’s The Boondocks and Warner Bros Television’s Studio 2.0′s Childrens Hospital. Subscribers have to wait a year, to January 2014, before Netflix begins its exclusive streaming run of the first two seasons of TNT’s Dallas. The companies didn’t disclose financial terms.  

The addition of children’s shows to Time Warner‘s deal with Netflix may revive the debate over whether the streaming service is cutting into ratings for ad-supported kids shows on TV. That was a big concern last year when ratings dropped at Nickelodeon after many of its shows appeared on Netflix.

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TNT’s Michael Wright On Plans For J.R. Funeral On ‘Dallas’: TCA

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 9:24am PST

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

In his opening remarks during the Turner portion of the TCA press tour this morning, TNT head of original programming Michael Wright addressed the recent passing of Dallas star Larry Hagman. He said he was “very saddened” by Hagman’s death and confirmed that the TNT reboot will honor Hagman’s passing with “an episode including J.R.’s funeral” as part of “a storyline that would have made Larry very happy.”

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‘Dallas’ Will Hold Funeral For J.R. Ewing

By | Tuesday December 11, 2012 @ 10:56pm PST

The funeral episode hasn’t been filmed or scheduled yet, but TNT says it will happen at some point during the second season which begins next month. Larry Hagman, who reprised his role as the villainous J.R. Ewing from the original series, worked until his death and is expected to appear in the first six episodes of the 15-episode season. He died from complications of cancer last month while the show was on Thanksgiving break. The second season of Dallas is scheduled to debut on January 28.

Related: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Resumes Production Following Larry Hagman’s Death

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TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Resumes Production Following Larry Hagman’s Death

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 1:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The cameras are rolling again on the set of TNT‘s new Dallas series following the death of co-star Larry Hagman. Hagman, who reprised his role as the villainous J.R. Ewing from the original series, died from cancer complications Friday while the show was on Thanksgiving break. Filming was originally slated to resume yesterday, but the series stayed dark out of respect for Hagman. Dallas is currently shooting Episode 6 from its 15-episode second season. Hagman worked virtually until his death and is expected to appear in all of the first six episodes. As of now, there is no hiatus planned to allow the writers to craft a proper send-off for J.R., though I hear production is ahead of schedule and can afford to do that without missing the January 28 premiere date. Dallas writers are still breaking stories and writing scripts for the remainder of Season 2, so the departure of J.R. is likely being weaved into the show’s upcoming plot lines.

Related: How Will Larry Hagman’s Death Affect TNT’s ‘Dallas’?

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How Will Larry Hagman’s Death Affect TNT’s ‘Dallas’?

By | Saturday November 24, 2012 @ 1:16am PST
Nellie Andreeva

For a third time since it was conceived, TNT‘s new Dallas series will have to adjust its storylines to account for the absence of one of its signature characters, J.R. Ewing. And while the first two times the preparations turned out to be contingency plans that were never enacted, this time the show is forced to write off the villainous oilman following the death of the actor who’s portrayed the iconic character over the span of 35 years.

Related: R.I.P. Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman, who died Friday at age 81 from cancer complications, was in Dallas filming Season 2 of TNT’s Dallas. He had completed shooting a number of episodes — believed to be six — before his death, and will appear in the 15-episode Season 2 of the series, slated to premiere January 28. As of now things are fluid, and it is unclear how his passing will affect the production on the show, which was scheduled to resume following the Thanksgiving break. Extending the hiatus or scheduling one in the near future is a possibility so the writers can rework the scripts for the remaining episodes without Hagman and, more importantly, create a proper sendoff for J.R. The larger-than-life character was already at the heart of one of the most famous episodes of television as the November 1980 Dallas episode that resolved the series’ “Who shot J.R.?” cliffhanger remains the second-most-watched telecast of all time. J.R.’s farewell episode on the new Dallas will likely attract legions of fans of the iconic character. Read More »

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TNT Sets Winter Premiere Dates For ‘Dallas’, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’, ‘Southland’, ‘Leverage’ And Two New Series

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 8:49am PDT

As part of its strategic expansion to year-round original programming, TNT is set to burn brightly this winter with a slate of six original series. The lineup includes the return of three hit dramas, a new season of one of the most acclaimed series on television and the premiere of a brand new medical drama from David E. Kelley and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Among TNT’s winter highlights, hit dramas Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage will return for a run of episodes beginning Nov. 27.

TNT’s hot new series Dallas will return for its second season on Jan. 28, followed on Feb. 4 by the debut of Monday Mornings, the new David E. Kelley-Sanjay Gupta medical drama starring Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina and Jamie Bamber.

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