Victoria Principal’s Pam Ewing “Unequivocally Dead” on TNT’s Dallas


In case Dallas fans didn't get the message, when the soap revealed Pamela Barnes Ewing 1.0 (Victoria Principal) was long dead in the Season 2 finale, the serial's showrunner is confirming the character has gone to the big Oil Baron's Ball in the Sky.

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, Dallas executive producer Cynthia Cidre stated the iconic character is “unequivocally dead.” Here's an excerpt:

TV Guide Magazine: When did you make the decision to kill Pam?

Cynthia Cidre: We were probably going to let [the mystery] continue for years on end. Then there were too many questions around it and a little too much drama for us after Victoria Principal's statement. (On March 1, Principal released a statement saying, "I cannot be held responsible for any choices made by producers once I left Dallas, but I do take responsibility for my decision not to risk tarnishing Bobby and Pam's love story with a desperate reappearance.) And so we decided it was best to put it to rest so that there would be no more questions.

TV Guide Magazine: Just so we are clear, Pam is now unequivocally dead?

Cidre: Unequivocally dead.


 

Check out the entire must-read interview  at TV Guide Magazine.

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16 Responses

  1. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    You know Dallas was sneaky because the season finale was good but the build-up of Pam all over the web and TNT & producers was pushing the real possibility of Pam being alive and then finding out was a huge letdown for me. Made me somewhat sour about next season “do I or don’t I” want to continue watching…I was such a huge Pam fan in the day. I thought well LH had passed by bringing Pam back w\VP would sure give the buzz for season 3. I was just disappointed by the end and not in the best of spirits. :~

  2. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    It really was the only choice that they had after they kept mentioning Pam. And with Victoria Principal unwilling to return … well Pam had to end up dead. I think in the end it was nicely done and it was a great build up anyway. I actually liked it.

    Of course it would have been way better for Pam to return for a third season. But then again, some would have been angry if Pam would have been recasted. It was a mission impossible.

  3. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    I had been wondering why since this series began why we have never seen the framed picture of Jock that J.R. and Bobby always had up in the original series.
    Now I know.

  4. Avatar of jamesneff68
    jamesneff68

    They should have just went ahead with a recast. From what I have read about her and her latest statement, she seems like a bitch with a big ego who thinks she too good to return.

  5. Avatar of mfarris70
    mfarris70

    I don’t understand the harsh feelings coming from both sides here. Why does Principal keep making statements and why is Cidre killing off a legacy character that has such important ties? Even if Principal never comes back it seems like they could have used Pam more even if you didn’t see her, maybe Christopher being gaslighted by someone to think his mother is alive? She was the heroine and moral compass of the show for years, so her cancer death after nearly being burned to death seems brutal to me.

  6. Avatar of J Bernard Jones
    J Bernard Jones

    The SHADE in Cidre’s response about Victoria Principal is EPIC:

    TV Guide Magazine: Did you ever reach out to Principal about appearing on your show as her statement suggests?

    Cidre: Never. From the beginning, I needed the two boys [John Ross and Christopher] to come back because they existed in the previous show and were now the perfect age. They obviously had to have girlfriends or wives, so that’s already four people. I knew Larry Hagman had to come back as J.R., and then I went online and looked at Patrick Duffy, who looked awesome. I went online and looked at Linda Gray (Sue Ellen); she looked awesome. Now that’s seven people. Victoria Principal had left the show way earlier and there was a really good chance Pam was dead, so I said, ‘Why can’t Bobby just have a new wife?’ So no one from casting ever reached out to her.

    So…everybody else looked awesome……except…….ROLFMAO…..more shade than the front porch of a retirement home! LOL

  7. Avatar of michaels
    michaels

    Not sure I believe that they never reached out to her when they’ve reached out to so many others…Ted Shackleford, Joan Van Ark, even Deborah Shelton. Just not buying that one. I would have rather seen Pam return but it was nicely done and while the audience back then heard Pam say she has six months to live, Bobby and Christopher never knew that. Now they do. I’ll definitely watch next season.

  8. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    The rumors that Victoria Principal wasn’t a favorite by her co-stars, shouldn’t be something new. So with Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman on board, I don’t wonder that Cynthia Cidre would say something like that.

    Anyway yeah Cidre talks like someone who kicks ass. LOL

  9. Avatar of RealityCheck 33
    RealityCheck 33

    Victoria Principal acted like a true diva about DALLAS. She owes the show her huge successs, yet she crapped on it in the end. It doesn’t upset me that they killed the character off. It’s over, now Victoria can focus on her infomercials.

  10. Avatar of Duchess
    Duchess

    Interesting interview but I don’t understand how the interviewer didn’t even bring up the ending with John Ross since that’s what has everyone buzzing even if it’s all mostly negative. That scene broke my John Ross/Pamela loving heart in two. I don’t get this fascination that Cidre has with Emma. And now she’s included her in a couple previews for next year including with John Ross but no mention of Bobby, Sue Ellen etc. Almost all of the things she’s going to explore next year are about the Ryland family. Who cares about them or the Ramos ones? The only breakouts among the younger cast have been Josh and Julie and the JRPR pairing and that ending just spit on the one thing that was working.

    As for Pam I thought it was a nice way to resolve it since VP refuses to come back and made it so public.

  11. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    Cynthia Cidre sounds like she knows what she wants and has a vision – the mark of a good showrunner. :beer:

    If she can work in more appearances from former cast members that would be great.
    I still love Val to Sue Ellen: “Once a bitch always a bitch.”
    :beer:

  12. Avatar of kbirdusa
    kbirdusa

    Principal has made it clear she doesn’t want to come back (or the current producers and cast really don’t want her). So Cidre did the only logical thing. And this way it preserves the characters’ integrity. Only her death would have kept her away from her child for 25 years.

  13. Avatar of Daniel St. John
    Daniel St. John

    [quote=LovinVilly]Interesting interview but I don’t understand how the interviewer didn’t even bring up the ending with John Ross since that’s what has everyone buzzing even if it’s all mostly negative. That scene broke my John Ross/Pamela loving heart in two. I don’t get this fascination that Cidre has with Emma. And now she’s included her in a couple previews for next year including with John Ross but no mention of Bobby, Sue Ellen etc. Almost all of the things she’s going to explore next year are about the Ryland family. Who cares about them or the Ramos ones? The only breakouts among the younger cast have been Josh and Julie and the JRPR pairing and that ending just spit on the one thing that was working.
    .[/quote]
    I thought the ending with John Ross and Emma was perfect…I was beginning to think they were softening the character too much but him still carrying on his affair with Emma while being married to Pamela was a great swerve and establishes that he is his daddy’s boy from “tip to tail” as JR used to say.

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