Are Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark Heading Back To Dallas?






Could Ted Shackelford  and Joan Van Ark be gearing up for a reunion at the Southfork ranch? Van Ark chatted with KSiteTV about the possibility of her and her former Knots Landing leading man reprising the roles of Valene and Gary Ewing for TNT's reboot of Dallas.

The Ewings of Dallas are returning soon (on TNT June 13). Is there any chance we might see Valene on this new show?

Well, rumor has it… I’m having lunch with Ted Shackelford tomorrow. They asked him to come down and be part of it. It was several months ago, and he’s deeply into filming The Young And The Restless, the daytime soap for CBS. But if they asked Gary, maybe they’ll ask [for Val].

I wonder what ol' JR (Larry Hagman) will have to say about that? Dallas premieres June 13 at 9 PM EST on TNT.


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This is not a "reboot", a word which means to restart. Dallas is not being restarted. Hawaii Five-0 is a reboot. Dallas is a continuation of the original series. It's a sequel.

I would rather not see Gary and Val on this series. I love Dallas, but I loved Knots Landing much, much more. When Dallas had its ridiculous dream season and brought Bobby Ewing back to life, Knots Landing severed ties with the original series, and Bobby remained dead on Knots (and was never referred to again). So, bringing back Gary and Val on the new Dallas (which looks great, by the way) would not be the Knots Landing Gary and Val. It would be too weird, in my opinion.

If TNT finds their new update of Dallas is a hit and they want to bring back Knots Landing as a new and separate show, I would be shouting my support from the rooftops! Gary and Val on Dallas, though? I'm not interested.

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Knots Landing never got the credit it deserved back in the day and even today when people write about Desperate Housewives rarely do you see mention of this nighttime powerhouse. Knots was a spin off of Dallas, a soap good time, but it was less of its parent show and more of a traditional drama when it premiered. Desperate Housewives owed a great deal to this soap yet I don't remember it ever having a comparison made.

Knots Landing started out as a soap around the lives of 4 neighbors in a cul de sac in California much like Desperate Housewives. It was less over the top drama and more relatable. Over the course of its run, it became more of a soap opera in the vain of Dallas with power struggles, wealth and greed but at it's core it was always about friendships and love. In the end, the show ended back on the street. Friends remained friends. Life was good.

It had murders, of course. But never to the amount that Desperate Housewives had and I'm sure if you did the tally of Knots' 14 SEASONS!! and compared that to Desperate Housewives death/murder tally, Susan and Lynette would have definitely moved their families across town to live in this MUCH SAFER little Hamlet. Yes, Desperate was a mix of comedy and drama but in its essence the show was a soap opera but never as good as Knots.

It would be fantastic now that Desperate is off the air to have a reboot of Knots Landing or its concept. It would be fantastic to see that Val and Gary have moved away from the cul de sac but one of their kids lives in their old house with their families (guaranteeing a return once in a while), while the show would start with Karen selling her house to a new couple as she and Mac retire back east or something similar.

Personally, Knots was my favorite soap. It had a good mix of reality in its stories and even when Abby... my favorite vixen... would do something evil, like having Val's kids kidnapped and sold, it was never really her doing it but someone who was trying to impress her or make life easier for her who would hear her say something like "life would be easier if those kids werent' around" and then making it happen.

Knots over Desperate any day!!!

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They never really explored the Gary/Bobby/JR relationship, and even less of Gary/Val and Lucy. Joan Van Ark is alien these days but I still want to see her face off with JR one more time. I'd much rather see this than the department store mannequins cast as John Ross and Christopher.

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TV Gord, The Hollywood Reporter, MSNBC, Entertainment Weekly, Deadline, Huff Po, etc. have all used both "reboot" and "continuation" to describe this series interchangeably. We are well aware of the differences and that this project is a hybrid, reboot/continuation, that's why we're not referring to it as a "remake", which is what Hawaii Five-0 is. So if we are referring to it incorrectly, so are all the major Hollywood bibles.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/07/08/tnt-dallas/
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/dallas-ad-jr-ewing-bobby-tnt-...
http://www.deadline.com/interstitial/?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.deadline.com%...

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Well, you're wrong, but you're in good company, then. Wink

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I was under the impression that the short summer run of the show had been shot already but if it hasn't I'd love to see them on there.
Of course, like it was pointed out it would be a little weird since Bobby's death was written on KL but as viewers we have to look the other way on so many things.

I just hope this show has a good story. Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, and Patrick Duffy will get people to tune in on Wednesday but GOOD STORY will get people to KEEP watching after the premiere. I hope they can deliver. I'm excited and hopeful. I'm also excited to see Brenda Strong act. I loved seeing her when Mary-Alice was shown always briefly on DH.

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Jamey Giddens wrote:
TV Gord, The Hollywood Reporter, MSNBC, Entertainment Weekly, Deadline, Huff Po, etc. have all used both "reboot" and "continuation" to describe this series interchangeably.

They're probably all quoting the same WRONG person.

But that doesn't mean you have to drive us nuts too! Big smile

Also, as a journalist (?) it's your job to tell people the truth. What if there's someone who gets ALL of their news from this site. They'll be going around thinking that Dallas is a reboot. And maybe they don't like reboots. So they won't watch it. And the show will be cancelled due to low viewership. And that would be all your fault. And in order to keep your site going, you can't afford to be helping get soaps cancelled. Laughing out loud

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Also, as a journalist (?) it's your job to tell people the truth. What if there's someone who gets ALL of their news from this site. They'll be going around thinking that Dallas is a reboot. And maybe they don't like reboots. So they won't watch it. And the show will be cancelled due to low viewership. And that would be all your fault. And in order to keep your site going, you can't afford to be helping get soaps cancelled.

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Oh yeah, 'cause calling it a reboot will so get it cancelled. The series, much like 90210 and Melrose Place is a hybrid reboot/continuation. It is a continuation in that it is keeping the original mythology in check, but it is also considered a reboot for a new generation. Also a common theme of reboots is discontinuing less-than-stellar storylines. In TV Guide this week, it is revealed the new Dallas is disregarding all of the TV movies. However, if you truly feel our calling it a reboot will get it cancelled and therefore bring about the end of soaps and therefore Daytime Confidential, then how about we call it a koodle doodle. Will that suffice?

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@ Jamey G: Right on!

Call it a "koodle doodle", a reboot, a sequel or epilogue, I don't care. All I know is I'll be planting my butt in front of the TV to watch next week. It looks hot and I am really pleased with the heavy promotion from TNT.

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Jamey Giddens of Daytime Confidential sinks the much awaited for Dallas cause he called it the wrong thing. People, you're bringing my head down today. Chill!!

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Re-boot, resusciatation, whatever it's called, it has to be added that this quote from Joan Van Ark regarding the new show was given to that reporter at the Paley Center's 50th Anniversary celebration of Warner Brothers TV, an event held over a month ago, maybe even two months ago.
It's only now making the rounds because the reporter had brief encounters with numerous stars at this event and her quote is only now considered newsworthy as the new show gets more buzz. In the meantime, it was said on a Knots-related site that Ted was offered a role that he ultimately turned down because it was "too small" (probably a cameo).

Though I would love to see G&V on this new show, I think the show would be wise to focus on the cast that is already there, and only pull on the "extended family members" in later seasons as they need to.

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@Jamey Giddens: This just came to my head. Since they have rebooted Dallas. I'd love to see a reboot of Dynasty.

They could cast Tika Sumpter (OLTL/Gossip Girl) as Dominique Deveraux's granddaughter from her one and only child Jackie Deveraux. Her name could be Tamara Deveraux (first name mirroring her granddad Tom). Next, have the daughter of Fallon and Jeff, Lauren Constance Colby aka Constance played by Rachel Bilson (Heart of Dixie/The OC). Then the son of Steve Carrington and Sammy Jo, Steven Daniel Carrington Jr aka Danny as played by Billy Miller (Y&R/Ringer). These would be 3 of the leads from the younger set. There would obviously be more. Yet this is just a start of the cast.

Thus, round-out the cast out with supporting/guest stints from original popular characters to usher in a new generation of ruthless glamorous women and cutthroat men.

All they'd have to do is take a page out the current issues like the BP oil spill debacle and the Keystone pipeline debate and build corporate stories around mirroring these public issues as well as the usual love, lies and sex.

Lauren and Tamara could carry out the Alexis/Dominique feuds from the 80's. Especially since Lauren would have been put in charge as the Publisher of the Denver Mirror newspaper (which Alexis owns) and opens the serial with her publishing a scathing piece about the Denver-Carrington company's political influence in Washington through lobbyist and some very hidden business scandals that would send the stock plummeting on the Dow-Jones. This would benefit Colby Co. which has been struggling on the market ever since they had an oil spill and were forced to pay out $40 billion for the cleanup and also to pay out to businesses along the coast who lost revenue due to the oil spill.

Danny would want to handle this diplomatically (much like his late grandfather Blake), but Tamara would want to fight fire with fire. Thus, creating a new feud and an interesting dynamic between the 3. This would be part of the lead storyline in the beginning.

As I'm thinking I would also cast actor Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bureau/Notorious) as Tamara's love interest whose a lobbyist for Denver-Carrington named Johnathan Lloyd (Brad Lloyd's as played by Billy Dee Williams relative).

That's just a sampling of how I could see it playing out...

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I loved KL even more than Dallas. Anyway, this season already been filmed so who knows what may happen in future. If anything, rather than Gary and Val, I'd rather see Pam (we know she's alive). Each new season could feature one of the old timers as a secondary story (and incorporating their children). Like Val/Gary (Bobby and Betsy).

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It should be an accepted foregone conclusion that these two would at least make an appearance in Dallas Redux. If Bobby and some of the rest can be there then why not them?

Regarding Desperate Housewives which I did enjoy and probably watched every episode (even when my partner gave it all up). However ... I despised Lynette because she was actually the most annoying character in that neighbourhood. Poor Tom thought he had tamed the shrew in the end but she really was still the same annoying manipulative controlling selfish whacked out bitch (even in the brief future scenes) as always. Tom would have been much better off hitched up to Mike Delfino's sister, Miss Parker; who seemed to really be in love with him. But Lynette screwed all of that up too. I would have more preferred the two Scavos having actually gone through with their parting; it would have been a bit more realistic for me.

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@tedew: I just could not get into Knots Landing or DH. Yet, both shows had their fans and did well in the ratings. I did like Dallas, Falcon Crest and Dynasty due to their business oriented parts of the show. The battle within the given industries were what interested me the most, more so then the love affairs. So my hope is that the Dallas reboot does have a balance of believable contemporary business stories and the love, sex, & lies.

Just so long as they don't have them saying cheesy lines.

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I liked both Knots Landing and Dallas but I did not like Desparate Houswives after the first or second season. I couldn't believe that DH stayed on as long as it did. I thought it was terrible and dropped it.

Looking forward to Dallas.

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I can say that at one point or another growing up I tuned in to all the nighttimes soaps and I thought Knots Landing was always, year to year, the best in terms of quality and consistency(though I was a big Falcon Crest fan up until that unfortunate last season). As such, I'll be tuning in to the new adventures of Dallas with the hopes that the vets are putto better use than some recent revivals have done(90210 and Melrose Place).