The ratings certainly were not pretty during JR’s final run on Dallas, but TNT has chosen to go ahead and give the rebooted series more life as they issued a 15-episode renewal. This is on par with what they gave the program’s second season back and five more than its first season.
TNT has renewed the hit drama series Dallas for a third season. Produced by Warner Horizon Television, Dallascenters on the Ewing clan, an enormously wealthy Texas family whose sibling rivalries, romantic betrayals, corruption and even murder are truly legendary. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for the third season, which is slated to launch in early 2014. Continue Reading
One week after Warner Bros. TV made its first major content deal with streaming provider Netflix, the companies have announced the extension of that agreement with Turner Broadcasting lending a helping hand. Adult Swim and Cartoon Network content will be joining the company’s library. Shows from the Adult Swim end of things include Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen, The Boondocks, and Childrens Hospital. Also squeezed into today’s announcement is that TNT reboot of Dallas will land on Netflix beginning next January. The Cartoon Network stuff will be added at the end of March.
As for the importance of all this, it just goes to underscore how consumption of programming has rapidly changed for younger demographics. While Nickelodeon has witnessed substantial losses in viewership because of their agreement with Netflix specifically, there remains a real threat of becoming irrelevant to an entire generation should its rivals decide to sit this one out. As a result, there could very likely be a substantial Disney Channel deal in the near future should the Mouse House opt to 180 on their current strategy to avoid streaming content through third parties.
Now, in regards to the surprise addition of Dallas, that is becoming standard protocol for serialized television. It was not so long ago that ‘missing an episode’ meant perpetually losing one’s place and ultimately dropping out of a show’s audience. With the advent of services like Netflix, the long-form dramatic program is surging on television as many are tuning in live for the first time in seasons 3, 4, 5, or even six. Such an anomaly was previously exclusive to procedurals, but that is no longer the case. This is hardly a shock in itself, but the ‘surprise’ does come in that this is a TNT series.
Earlier this week, Dallas lost J.R. actor Larry Hagman due to complications with cancer at the age of 81. This is a big blow not only for his family, but also fans of the beloved television series which first ran from 1978 to 1991. The iconic television villain was a huge cog in helping to create what is believed to be the first true non-procedural drama on the small screen in primetime, and it is that for which he will be most likely remembered for outside of those closest to him.
TNT has released an ‘In Memoriam’ on their Youtube channel tonight to honor their fallen star. There is no mention of how this will be addressed on season two of the cable network’s widely-watched semi-reboot, but the 5 million plus who tuned in each week to the new spin on this series might have noticed his role was a bit limited in scale. Continue Reading
Good news for fans of TNT programming. This winter there will be more of it then ever in the season as the network is set to aggressively expand into a year-round schedule. Not only will the mid-season premieres of Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage debut in November, but there are four programs coming to air at the turn of the year including Dallas which will return with a new season in January. Southland fans will be glad to hear that season five is on schedule for February 13. Aside from all that, the network also released dates for the pilot episodes of Boston’s Finest and Monday Mornings–a medical drama from David E. Kelly. Keep reading for the press release. Continue Reading
Summer is always the time to shine for cable networks who capitalize on weaker than usual broadcast lineups, but this is going to be an exceptionally big year for TNT as they have been promoting the heck out of their Dallas revival for the past year and a half. The latest full-on trailer was just uploaded to the web earlier today, so now is your chance to take a look at what basic cable has to offer for viewers come Wednesday, June 13.
Here is a quasi-trailer for TNT’s Dallas sequel-series. The following video reveals new footage from the show and some cast member comments on revisiting the storied drama. Look for the show to premiere in summer 2012. Continue Reading
TNT aired the following sneak preview of its Dallas revival on Monday, July 11. Rather than go the route of a full blown reboot, the series will work more like a sequel series. Look for the successor to the top rated drama in television history to get a lot more buzz as its Summer 2012 premiere approaches. Continue Reading