Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Dallas is an American prime-time television soap opera that originally ran from 1978 to 1991. It revolved around the Ewings, a wealthy Texas family in the oil and cattle-ranching industries. The show debuted in April 1978 as a five-part miniseries on the CBS network, and then was broadcast on that network for 13 seasons from 1978 to 1991. Dallas was one of the most successful and longest-running shows in American prime-time television history, and was also hugely successful across the world. The show was known for its wealth, sex, intrigue, and power struggles. When the series began, the founder of Ewing Oil and patriarch of the Ewing family was Jock (veteran movie actor Jim Davis), an oil tycoon and also his only love, Elleanor "Ellie" Southworth (veteran stage/movie actress Barbara Bel Geddes). Together, Jock and Miss Ellie raised three sons, J.R. (played by Larry Hagman), Gary (David Ackroyd and later Ted Shackelford) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy). J.R., the eldest Ewing son, totally unscrupulous and unhappily married to a former Miss Texas, Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing (Linda Gray), was frequently at-odds with his youngest brother, Bobby, who displayed the morals and integrity that his eldest brother lacked. Bobby is married to Pamela Barnes (Victoria Principal). J.R., who loathed the Barnes family, was not happy with Pam living at Southfork and tried to constantly undermine her marriage to his brother Bobby.

Creator David Jacobs originally came up with an idea for a drama series about four married couples (which would later become the spin-off series Knots Landing), but CBS wanted a glitzy "saga-like" show. Jacobs therefore created Dallas, a series about a wealthy family in the oil business. When Dallas proved to be a hit, CBS reconsidered Jacobs' original idea and turned Knots Landing into a spin-off of Dallas in late 1979. The Dallas miniseries that started in April 1978 was shot entirely on location in Dallas, Texas. Later, most interiors for the show were shot at the MGM studios in Hollywood. Exteriors were shot at the Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas, and other parts of Dallas, until 1989, when rising production costs led to all filming being relocated in California. [wikipedia]

Wow! Time really flies like the saying goes "time and tide wait for no man"...

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