Dallas Fans Pin Hopes On New Broadcaster

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Dallas fans are hoping the oil-and-scandal drama will find a new home after it was axed by TNT on Friday.

The revived 1980s ‘super-soap’ was axed by TNT following the conclusion of its third season. The decision to cancel Dallas was widely put down to its ratings which have dropped across its run on TNT. When Dallas returned in 2012 over 7 million viewers tuned in but by the conclusion of the most recent season figures had dropped to under 2 million.

It wasn’t just in its native America where the drama suffered from ratings; in the UK declining ratings prompted broadcaster Channel 5 to shunt the series around in the schedules. However, UK fans have blamed the poor ratings on bad scheduling choices made┬áby Channel 5 and a lack of promotion. Channel 5 themselves have admitted viewers tend to record Dallas and watch it later at a more convenient time.

Fans of Dallas are hopeful that another broadcaster will step in and continue the series. Producer Cynthia Cidre recently confirmed that scripts for the fourth season have already been written meaning production on Dallas could continue at any time. Amongst the broadcasters fans are hopeful of picking up Dallas is the streaming service Netflix. It remains to be seen though whether any broadcaster will show any interest in the revived drama.

The revival of Dallas saw original series stars Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman (until the actor’s death) reprise their respective roles alongside new cast members such as Brenda Strong, Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson and Mitch Pileggi. Original series actors Charlene Tilton, Steve Kanaly, Ted Shackelford, Audrey Launders and Ken Kercheval also reprised their respective roles.

Cynthia Cidre recently teased that a fourth season would have seen some more original series characters return with speculation that Ted Shackelford would once again reprise his role of Gary Ewing and Morgan Brittany would reprise her role of the villainous Katherine Wentworth; the half-sister of Cliff Barnes (Kercheval) and Pamela Barnes-Ewing (Victoria Principal).

The original Dallas ran on CBS for 14 seasons and 357 episodes between 1978 and 1991. It spawned the hugely successful spin-off Knots Landing that starred Shackelford and Joan Van Ark, the series ran for 344 episodes between 1979 and 1993.

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