At the New Dallas' Red Carpet Premiere, Patrick Duffy Will Sign My Step By Step Box Set

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The cast of Dallas. Including the world-famous Patrick Duffy.
I was 6 when Dallas went off the air, so I have been spared thus far, mercifully from everything I hear, from ever having to watch an episode. I haven't been able to maintain the level of ignorance that I would have liked, since on occasion when I've mention my hometown in places that aren't Texas, people assume that I'm best pals with J.R. or ask how I like visiting Southfork. This unwanted knowledge has been only partially compensated for by the obvious terror in my middle aged interlocutors when I tell them that I wasn't even close to being born when the show hit the airwaves.

I was born in plenty of time for Step by Step, which is why I'm totally excited about the exclusive premier screening of TNT's new version of Dallas at the Winspear Opera House, which will include red carpet appearances by the show's stars, including Patrick Duffy.

Duffy played (and plays) Bobby Ewing on the show, but more notably, he played Frank Lambert, the dad in Step by Step

In case you need a refresher, Frank is, per Wikipedia, a "laid-back husband and father, who was an avid sports fan, especially of the Milwaukee Bucks and Green Bay Packers. Frank was also a contractor who had his own construction company. Carol helps him to become more responsible and serious while he teaches Carol to loosen up."

Man, that brings back memories. But back to Dallas. TNT is inviting media persons like myself to the red carpet on May 31 to gawk and photograph and talk to the stars.

For reporters like myself who are ignorant of the show, here's a crash course from the press people:

The Ewings are back and only on TNT. Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray return to Southfork as JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing in TNT's all-new series Dallas, and they're bringing with them a whole new collection of secrets, schemes and betrayals
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Go on. I'm intrigued.

This time, they're joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Brenda Strong, Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo also star.

Ah, these must be the beautiful young people who will inject sexual tension into the new show. And cleavage. Sign me up.

Who am I kidding? I'm not going for the hot young stars. I'm going for Frank Lambert. So while other media types are jockeying for sound byte from one of the fresh-faced Ewings, or maybe from J.R., I'll be buttonholing Frank Mr. Duffy to autograph my Step by Step DVD box set. Which, by the way, does exist.

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Ajfan64
Ajfan64

I'm sick of all the junk reality TV!  Finally good TV is back. GO DALLAS!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Who shot JT?

I think that's my most obscure joke ever.

bh
bh

HAHAHA. "Duffy played (and plays) Bobby Ewing on the show, but more notably, he played Frank Lambert, the dad in Step by Step."The original is great, viewed ironically. I had a pretty bad ass "Dick Cheney shot JR" t-shirt back in '06. As you can imagine, the subtle humor was lost on everyone under 40 and scorned by those over it. I'm going to replace it with a Step by Step one.

Bubbs
Bubbs

Sweet Christ - get yourself a copy editor. PRO TIP: a 'Premier' is the ruler of a country, whereas a 'Premiere' is the debut of a new show.

Matt Decuir
Matt Decuir

I was annoyed with this comment, cause I hate when the only thing people comment on an article is grammatical mistakes, but then I read the article more in-depth.

Homeboy really DOES need a copy editor. This piece is heavy-laden with errors.

EricNicholson4
EricNicholson4

Yeah, you're right. I'll have to have a talk with Joe and Patrick about editing in all those errors.

DallasDivasDerby
DallasDivasDerby

Wow, so many Dallas haters. Surprising. If you actually watch the first 9 seasons, you'll see why it was the top ranked prime time drama for several years running. Granted, it should have been canceled after season 9, but still that's 9 years of great television. Much more than most shows today ever offer. And it was light years better than silly Dynasty, Falcon Crest and other obvious camp copies. Don't really understand why people enjoy bashing things they've never seen before, and haven't seen yet. I have seen the new show, and it's quite good. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

That was then, way then. This now. I'd rather see the Twilight Zone resurrected.

Linda Evans? Larry Hagman, life member of the liver transplant list? Duffy? This is a bad joke.

leftocenter
leftocenter

True!  The "who shot JR?" story had everyone's attention -- why hate it retrospectively when you, well, never watched it?

I actually got hooked on the show watching Armed Forces Network while serving overseas in the military.  That opening!  For a few minutes I was home. 

Quit hating because it's the fashion.  At least have your own reason that took...well, actual thought.  The show did more to put Dallas on the map than any bridge or gaudy Omnimax will ever do.

Ed D.
Ed D.

So Major Nelson left the space program to go into oil? Huh.

Montemalone
Montemalone

They' should've got Chris Atkins back on the show. He could be the pool boy.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Shouldn't that be the Winspear Soap Opera House?

Bob
Bob

I would like to see an episode where bad guy J.R. schemes with city officials to build a toll road for his construction and real estate buddies. And get this.... he'll do it do it on the tax payers' dime! What a scoundrel. Later, he would discover natural gas in West Dallas, which would increase the urgency of building the toll road and frivolous projects like a big, ugly bridge.

Paul
Paul

 Nawww ... that's too far fetched ... nobody would believe it.

Paul
Paul

Yawn ...  As if GCB wasn't bad enough, somebody went and recycled this retread ....

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

 Pray they don't dig up Falcon Crest, Dynasty and and the rest of that wasteland.  Who pays for this recycled crap?  Sue Ellen is going to come across as Norma Desmond.

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