Joan Van Ark

Wishful Storytelling: Why Now is The Perfect Time For Warner Horizon to Do Knots Landing 2.0

Star-crossed lovers Gary and Valene Ewing (Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark) shared a reunion on Monday night's episode of TNT's Dallas that was more bitter than sweet. The way brilliant Dallas 2.0 writer Cynthia Cidre has it scripted, Gary and Val—who were blissfully reunited at the end of Knots Landing and still together in 1997 reunion movie Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac—have now split, due to Gary falling off the wagon and bankrupting the couple!

While the Knots fan boy in me was a bit brokenhearted to learn Gary and Val hadn't lived a life of happy barbecues with neighbors Karen and Mac Mackenzie (Michele Lee and Kevin Dobson) on Southern California's fictional Seaview Circle, the Wishful Storyteller in me realized Gary and Val's golden years crisis could serve as the perfect launching pad for a new generation of marital melodramas via a Knots Landing continuation! READ MORE

YEEEEK! The Talk Stages a Knots Landing REUNION For Jan. 18!


I can't believe it will be 20 years this May since we had to say goodbye to our best girlfriends, emotional hayseed-turned-novelist Valene Ewing (Joan Van Ark); cul-de-sac Pollyanna Karen Fairgate MacKenzie (Michele Lee) and Karen's unstoppable, insatiable sister-in-law Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Summer (Donna Mills) on Knots Landing.

Next Friday, Jan. 18 fans will be reunited with three of the stars from the long-running, smash CBS soap when The Talk hosts a Knots Landing Reunion Show! I have chills.

Julie Chen and Co. have to ask Mills about "The Abby Scale", the infamous measurement of bitch-goddessness that Abby deemed upstart rival Paige Mathison (Nicollette Sheridan) a mere six on! They also MUST dish on Knots' most iconic storyline, when Valene's newborn twins were stolen from her, courtesy of one of Abby's henchmen! Primetime suds fans, set your DVR NOW. Watch a clip from Karen's Pollyanna speech after the jump!

What Drama Will Bring Ted Shackelford's Gary Ewing Home to 'Dallas'?


What kind of chaos will Jock and Miss Ellie's (the late Jim Davis and Barbara Bel Geddes) boozehound son Gary (Ted Shackelford) bring with him when he returns to Dallas in Season 2? According to the Dallas Fanzine's Facebook page, Gary will be thrown into the battle for the drilling rights beneath Southfork. READ MORE

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].