TNT has canceled its reboot of the hit soap opera, Dallas, on Friday, October 3, a mere two weeks after the Season 3 finale, which featured the death of a major character, was broadcast, according to multiple sources. The cancellation comes after three seasons on the air. The new revised show featured original stars Patrick Duffy, who portrayed Bobby Ewing, Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing), and Larry Hagman as original bad boy J.R. Ewing. The original Dallas series ran for 14 seasons from 1978 to 1991 on CBS.
In addition to the return of Hagman, Gray, and Duffy in their original Dallas roles, the reboot also featured the next generation of the Ewing Oil clan and their extended relations, which included Jordana Brewster from the Fast and Furious franchise as Elena Ramos, Jesse Metcalfe from Desperate Housewives as Christopher Ewing, and Josh Henderson from Over There as John Ross Ewing. Moreover, the revamped series introduced a number of new characters that served to broaden the show’s canvas, as well as featured guest appearances by familiar faces from the original series, such as Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing) and Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes).
While the TNT rebooted version of the mega hit 80’s series started out strong, it garnered 7 million viewers per episode in the first season. The show faltered in the ratings following Hagman’s death in November 2012. Hagman, who played the iconic character of J.R. Ewing, passed away in late 2012 at the age of 81, in the midst of filming Season 2 of the series. The actor died from complications related to cancer and his character’s death was also written into the show.
The cancellation of Dallas by TNT was not much of a surprise. The rebooted series was a victim of bad scheduling, questionable plotting, and plunging ratings, especially in the wake of Hagman’s and J.R.’s death. The revamped drama series ran for three seasons after it was rebooted by executive producer Cynthia Cidre and her team in 2012, but the show will not be back for a fourth season run. Cidre has said that she already plotted out most of the Season 4 story arcs, and might release the first couple of scripts in order to provide closure for Dallas fans.
In addition to how TNT mismanaged Dallas, it also experienced lost momentum by shifting the series from summer to winter, and then breaking what turned out to be its final season into two parts. Moreover, the cable network scheduled the now-series finale for the beginning night of the network Fall 2014 premieres, which essentially was a death sentence for the series. Furthermore, the two-hour series finale that aired last month featured the death of a major, legacy character in the form of Christopher Ewing. That finale drew less than two million viewers, which turned out to be the show’s last airing.
TNT has announced its reboot of the hit 80’s soap opera, Dallas, will not be returning for a fourth season, due to dismal ratings. The cable network’s decision was not a surprise and comes two weeks after the Season 3 finale, which featured the death of a major character. The cancellation comes after three seasons on the air at TNT. The new revised show featured original Dallas cast members, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, and Larry Hagman, as well as introduced a number of new characters that served to broaden the show’s canvas and featured guest appearances by familiar faces from the original series. The original Dallas incarnation ran for 14 seasons on CBS.
By Leigh Haugh