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 agree more. And since the original author of this scenario, William Shakespeare, felt compelled to make theirs a tragic love story, of epic and unforgettable deathly loss, I think I shall respect that very successful example, and leave the legacy of Bobby & Pam’s tragic love story, undisturbed and intact.
When I filmed Pam’s fatal car accident, for me that was the punctuation mark on my role as Pam. I cannot be held responsible for any choices made by producers, once I left ‘Dallas’, but I do take responsibility for my decision, not to risk tarnishing Bobby & Pam’s love story, with a desperate reappearance. I made this decision a long time ago with a loving and respectful heart for ‘Dallas’, Bobby & Pam and all faithful fans.”
TNT has ordered six episodes of Life Flight (working title), a docu-drama that follows air-ambulance teams as they race to save lives. The series, slated to launch in early 2014, goes behind the scenes with the teams from … Read More »
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 … Read More »
The entertainment company’s believers and skeptics will find something to support their cases in the report this morning about Time Warner‘s Q4 results. But early traders like what they see, including the forecast for low-double-digit growth in adjusted earnings this year: the share price is +4% in pre-market trading. In Q4, Time Warner generated net income of $1.17B, +51.3% vs the period last year, on revenues of $8.16B, -3.5%. Revenues were a little short of analysts’ consensus forecast for $8.25B. But adjusted earnings at $1.17 a share were well ahead of predictions for $1.10. At Time Warner’s Networks unit, which includes Turner Broadcasting and HBO, rising ad sales and affiliate fees resulted in a 5% increase in revenues, to $3.7B, with operating income +21% to $1.4B. CNN was helped by the presidential election, while TNT benefitted from an increase in the number of NBA games. The Warner Bros Film and TV Entertainment operation fared less well, with revenues -4% to $3.7B but with operating income +29% to $552M. Time Warner trots out the “difficult comparisons” excuse for the revenue decline, noting that last year it had the home video of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and the video game Batman: Arkham City. And, once again, the Time Inc magazine publishing division had woeful numbers with revenues -7% to $967M and operating income -3% to $200M. Ad sales were down while subscription revenues were flat. Read More »
TNT and TBS have signed a new three-year deal with SAG-AFTRA to carry the annual SAG Awards. Last night’s live simulcast of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on the two cable networks drew a total of 5.2 million viewers, including more than 2.1 million adults 18-49. That was roughly on par with last year’s telecast, up 5% in the coveted 18-49 and down 1% in total viewers. “The SAG Awards are a perfect fit for TBS and TNT, giving us the opportunity each year to target comedy and drama fans with a star-studded night celebrating the best in television and movie acting,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, and TBS. “We are thrilled that TNT and TBS will continue to be home of one of the awards season’s premier events.” Here are the stats:
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EXCLUSIVE: Only days after TNT opted to end his drama series Leverage after five seasons, Dean Devlin is back at the cable network with a high-profile new hourlong project. TNT has greenlighted a … Read More »
That was quick. Just 2 days after TNT passed on the Jerry Bruckheimer drama pilot Trooper, the network is back in business with the top producer, greenlighting Marshal Law: Texas, a six-episode new unscripted drama, for a 2013 debut. The series, from Warner Horizon TV, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Megalomedia, is set in Houston, Texas. Produced with the cooperation of The U.S. Marshal Service, it centers on the elite Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force, which includes U.S. Marshals working with personnel from the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and other law-enforcement agencies. Marshal Law: Texas follows the officers as they track down extremely violent offenders, serve warrants and go on the hunt for some of America’s most wanted criminals. JBTV’s Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive produce with Megalomedia’s Jonathan Nowzaradan. KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer.
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TNT has given the green light to Murder In The First, a drama from NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco. Co-created by Bochco and Eric Lodal, Murder In The First is a murder mystery set in … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: As it picked up pilot King & Maxwell to series today, TNT has passed on another drama pilot, Trooper. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Trooper starred Mira Sorvino as a recently divorced female state trooper who is … Read More »
TNT has cancelled Leverage but the show might not be dead after all says Dean Devlin. “We’re going to try to shop it around now and see if there is any other interest elsewhere,” the executive producer told Deadline … Read More »
TNT has ordered six episodes of the business-revamp series featuring UK entrepreneur Peter Jones, who will travel across the country to put his reputation and cash on the line to save struggling small businesses. The network plans to premiere … Read More »
Law & Order repeats provided the foundation on which TNT built its original programming. Now the cable network is getting in business with Law & Order mastermind Dick Wolf on a crime drama procedural but on the unscripted side. TNT has greenlighted Cold Justice, which follows two top female investigators as they dig into cold murder cases. The network has ordered eight episodes of the project, from Wolf Films and Magical Elves, for summer 2013 premiere. Dick Wolf, Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer executive produce. Read More »
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
At today’s TCA panel on TNT’s new medical drama series Monday Mornings, executive producer David E. Kelley (Chicago Hope, The Practice, Doogie Howser M.D.) admitted reservations about a taking on another medical show. But he said he went back into the operating room because of the participation of neurosurgeon and co-executive producer Sanjay Gupta. The series is based on the book by Gupta. The surgeon also serves as CNN chief medical correspondent.
Kelley said the book made him realize that the show, whose large ensemble cast includes Ving Rhames, Bill Irwin, Alfred Molina and Emily Swallow (on the panel,) could offer “fertile story-telling ground”, adding: It only came to fruition when Sanjay agreed to stay with it. The book is what made me want to do the series, but I wanted to keep the voice that came with us. He assured me he would not abandon us, and stay with us”. Read More »
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 … Read More »
After dragging its decision for months, TNT has pulled the plug of drama Leverage four days before the series’ fifth season finale. The news comes two weeks after the series’ executive producer Dean Devlin announced in an … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Sleeper Cell creators Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff have been tapped as executive producers/showrunners of TNT‘s drama pilot Legends, from Homeland‘s Howard Gordon. Legends, developed by Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Mark Bomback from the novel by … Read More »