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It didn’t get much help from its two new shows to bow last week — “Mind Games” and “Mixology” — but an extra night of “The Bachelor,” the return of “Scandal” and a big finish from Sunday’s Oscars has lifted ABC to a rare weekly victory.
Overall, the first week following the Olympics brought out premieres across the dial. In addition to the ABC pair, NBC launched comedies “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher,” and there were the season openers for returnees including CBS’ “Survivor,” NBC’s “Hannibal” and cable dramas “Dallas” on TNT, “The Americans” on FX and “The Vikings” on History.
Looking at the Nielsen numbers, ABC cruised in the Feb. 24-March 2 frame with a 3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, followed »
- Rick Kissell
Last week Sarah Jones, an Atlanta-based second assistant camera operator, was killed on location in Wayne County, Georgia while filming on the Gregg Allman biopic, Midnight Rider. According to sources, Sarah, 27, died after being struck by a train during the filming of a dream sequence where a bed had been placed on a railroad bridge over the Altamaha River. The scene was to include two trains, when a third appeared unexpectedly, giving the crew little time to escape. In addition to her death, a number of additional crew were injured by flying debris. There has been an outpouring of grief and kind words for Sarah Jones both within the entertainment community, particularly those that work behind the scenes, and the rest of the country in general. One of the more noteworthy gestures is a petition to include Sarah in the Academy Awards’ ‘In Memoriam’ segment, honoring those that have passed in the year since the previous airing »
- Dustin Hucks
This will be the first full season of Dallas without Larry Hagman's Jr Ewing. Can the cast and producers continue to draw viewers and solid ratings without their quintessential bad guy? Will the new Dallas be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned to find out.
Airing on Monday nights, Dallas continues to follow the machinations of the dysfunctional and powerful Ewing clan. The cast includes Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo, Brenda Strong, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Mitch Pileggi, Emma Bell, Kuno Becker, and Juan Pablo Di Pace.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
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The Oscars are coming Sunday, so get ready for controversy. No, not about politics, Woody Allen or even the Oscar results. Every year, one of the show’s most beloved segments, and the one that stirs up the most heated debates is the In Memoriam sequence.
An online petition is requesting that the Oscar segment include Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old Atlanta crew member killed by a train while filming “Midnight Rider.” That petition is touching and heartfelt, and I agree that any worker, in any field, deserves special recognition if he or she died in the line of duty.
But it would be unprecedented to include a crew member whose name is not widely known. Bottom line: Every person shown in the segment will deserve to be there. But not every deserving person Will be there, because time is limited. Academy reps are nearly always mum about who is included. »
- Tim Gray
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 suffered 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. Among demos, it was a similar story. The third-season launch snared 1.1 million 25-54 year olds, compared to Season 2’s opening 1.22 million; last night’s opener also averaged 946,000 adults 18-49, compared to 1.02 million at the start of Season 2. In its first season, the rebooted 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. Here too, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
"Dallas" is starting its new season in a way it never has before, in either its initial or current versions ... without J.R. Ewing.
The iconic character's death echoed the passing of his portrayer, Larry Hagman, but both their shadows continued to loom large over the rest of Season 2 of the TNT reboot. The legacy of J.R. remains a big factor as the third season starts Monday, Feb. 24, even as others try to fill his shoes and new characters pose fresh complications for the residents of Southfork Ranch. And their allies. And their enemies.
As Hagman did, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray -- who also starred in the 1978-91 CBS incarnation -- remain pivotal to "Dallas" as J.R.'s brother Bobby and ex-wife Sue Ellen. The saga picks up 12 hours after it left off, so Duffy feels it's appropriate for J.R. still to be invoked from the get-go, »
Patrick Duffy's Bobby Ewing has a heavy weight on his shoulders when "Dallas" returns for its third season, this Monday night on TNT.
Bobby's not only become the patriarch of the Ewing family following the death of his brother, J.R. (Larry Hagman), but he has to struggle with his own morality after playing a big role in framing Cliff Barnes at the end of Season 2, in the "who killed J.R." twist.
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J.R. Ewing might be gone, but his legacy lives on with a new bourbon named after the "Dallas" patriarch. The Southfork Bottling Company has teamed up with Warner Bros. TV for a new liquor set to hit select shelves at the end of March.
J.R. Ewing Bourbon is a 4-year-old, 80-proof light amber-colored bourbon described as having a nose that's "classic and slightly fruity, with notes of vanilla, oak sweetness and a touch of orange. The taste profile is surprisingly mild, yet crisp, and exhibits a lightly spicy/honey taste that lingers on the palate," according to people who know a lot more words to describe bourbon than "mmmm, more please!"
It's a perfect product tie-in to honor the character -- and the late Larry Hagman, whose family endorses the drink. "My father, Larry Hagman, would have loved the fact that this new bourbon was named after his legendary character, »
The cast of “Dallas” certainly gives great billboard, with new additions only enhancing its heat index. That said, the initial thrill of TNT’s better-than-expected reboot — followed by the sadness of Larry Hagman’s death, which was deftly incorporated into the narrative — has given way to a kind of shark-jumping malaise. Sad as it is to say, Hagman’s flinty-eyed, mischievous smile gave the show its teeth, and the third season can’t ratchet up the camp factor enough to compensate for his absence. Give the producers credit for surviving this long, but as “Dallas” currently stands, stick a Southfork in it; it’s done.
What season two presented as “J.R.’s masterpiece” — orchestrating his own death in order to achieve from-beyond-the-grave vengeance against a rival and protect his family — would have been an appropriate place to call things quits. As is, “Dallas” returns with a good deal of unfinished business, »
- Brian Lowry
The four-year-old, 80-proof J.R. Ewing Bourbon is distilled in Kentucky and features a slightly fruity nose with hints of vanilla, oak sweetness and a touch of orange. Bottle comes with a wooden stopper and a screen-printed image of the show’s iconic Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewings.
The new brand of bourbon will initially launch in 14 states across the Sourth and Midwest at the end of March to coincide with the third-season premiere of “Dallas” on Feb. 24. It will roll out nationwide in the following months and be made available for sale overseas by the end of the year.
“It’s exciting to have the show and J.R.’s legacy represented to the public in a new way, »
- Marc Graser
TV fans lost one of the most memorable small screen icons of all time in 2012, when beloved actor Larry Hagman passed away at the age of 81. The actor was best known for playing J.R. Ewing in the original Dallas, but he was introduced to a new generation with TNT's Dallas, where he reprised his nefarious role. To celebrate the Dallas: The Complete Second Season DVD release, which debuted on February 11, we have an exclusive featurette where cast members share their favorite Larry Hagman memories.
J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), one of the most iconic television villains of all time, takes his last breath under very suspicious circumstances but not before stirring up a season's worth of Texas-size trouble. J.R. deviously guides his son, John Ross (Josh Henderson), in stealing the family business from Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) and Bobby (Julie Gonzalo), while the ladies take their own sides. Sue »
Dallas lost one of its founding fathers and biggest stars last season when Larry Hagman died in November 2012.
But while the man behind those signature eyebrows, J.R. Ewing, may be buried at Southfork, there's still one last interview with Hagman.
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- Kate Stanhope
12 items from 2014
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