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Patrick Duffy recalls an old 'Dallas' line that tops this week's Lesser Prairie Chicken twist, teases what's ahead

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Spoiler alert! This week’s episode of Dallas saw John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) each take bold steps in their battle over fracking at Southfork. In the end, even though John Ross had convinced the ranch hands that more money could be made in oil than cattle, Bobby managed to put a hold on John Ross’s drilling permit by informing the Sierra Club of a potentially endangered population of Lesser Prairie Chicken.

Asked how many takes it took him to get “Lesser Prairie Chicken” out, Duffy just laughs. “Once, in the old Dallas, we had the phrase, ‘Well, daddy, I think the whole herd’s got screwworm.’ And ‘screwworm’ did not come out of Larry’s and my mouth for about an hour. It’s one of those phrases. ‘Lesser Prairie Chicken’ is one of those phrases,” he says.

He admits the cast is also having fun with the frequent use of the term “fracking” this season. ”Especially off-camera,” he says. “If you think about Battlestar Galactica, ‘frak’ was the way they got around the censors.” (Yes, he is a BSG fan, and when he stopped by EW for an upcoming Pop Culture Personality Test, he showed us a photo of himself with Step by Step fan Katee Sackhoff on his phone to prove it. Check it out below.)  READ FULL STORY

'Dallas' season 3 premiere postmortem: EP Cynthia Cidre on what's next

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Dallas‘ season 3 premiere, stop reading now. Executive producer Cynthia Cidre breaks down the big twists and teases the sex drama to come. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas': Josh Henderson and EP Cynthia Cidre preview a wild season 3

“I’m pretty much the go-to guy when it comes to sex stuff,” Josh Henderson says with a laugh. And suddenly, we’re happy Dallas is back!

When Season 3 kicks of Feb. 24 (9 p.m. ET on TNT), we quickly learn why Henderson’s John Ross is cheating on new wife Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) with Emma (Emma Bell), who you’ll recall also lives at Southfork. “He only knows how to do business one way, and that’s how JR taught him. It’s like history repeating itself,” Henderson says. “He basically justifies things: ‘I’m doin’ this for us.’ But what Pamela doesn’t know is what this is. He doesn’t want her to find out, obviously. But at the end of the day, stuff’s gonna come crashing down, and I think it’s gonna surprise the audience what ends up happening. It’s pretty dangerous.”

While Henderson jokes that the show is “gettin’ a little weird this season, in a good way,” executive producer Cynthia Cidre looks at it as turning things up to 11. “We decided, let’s just embrace the fun of it,” she says. “There’s definitely a lot more sex. We have a few fistfights, but no one’s landed in the pool yet.” (We also have one pregnancy and two shootings to look forward to.) READ FULL STORY

Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): How 'Dallas' pieced together J.R. Ewing's final scene

On March 4, 2013, Dallas fans once again found themselves asking, “Who shot J.R.?” But this time, they knew he wouldn’t survive. How did exec producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael R. Robin orchestrate J.R. Ewing’s final scene without their beloved star, the late Larry Hagman? How did they decide to alter the show’s iconic theme song for the following episode to honor both the character and the actor? They revealed all to EW.com last winter. Revisit the conversation below.

Click here for more of EW.com’s Best of 2013 coverage. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas' renewed for third season

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The Ewing clan will continue their TV dynasty.

TNT has picked up a third season of Dallas, with 15 episodes ordered for early next year.

Dallas has built a passionately loyal following with its expertly woven storylines, clever twists and turns, and numerous outstanding performances by a cast that spans generations,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT. “Although we said goodbye to Larry Hagman and his iconic character J.R. Ewing this year, Dallas has many more stories left to tell, and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.’s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted.”

Indeed, some wondered if Dallas would continue beyond the second season after Hagman passed away late last year. The season has averaged 3.8 million viewers per episode when including seven days of DVR playback, and 1.4 million adults 18-49.

'Dallas': Patrick Duffy talks tonight's season finale (and still knocking on Larry Hagman's dressing room door)

Tonight on Dallas‘ two-hour season finale (TNT, 9 p.m. ET), viewers find out who shot J.R.(Larry Hagman), whether the Ewings can complete J.R.’s “masterpiece” to take down Cliff Barnes and Harris Ryland, and if Victoria Principal has returned as Christopher’s mother, Pam. “People know I can’t be bought,” Patrick Duffy says, laughing when asked if he’s been offered bribes to reveal the answers early. “It’s very rare that somebody offers, like they did Larry in the old days. The Queen Mother apparently tried to bribe him. But we don’t get that now because people are so happy to play the game with us. They like to ask the question: ‘What about Victoria Principal?’ ‘Who shot J.R.?’ But they say, ‘Don’t tell me! Don’t tell me!’ They want to be there watching and go, ‘Oh my gosh.’”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Last we saw Bobby, you were smiling walking out of Ewing Energies, in slow-mo, which I loved, after just handing Cliff Barnes the keys to the company. What can you tease about how we’ll see him in the finale?
PATRICK DUFFY: Bobby had a great little scene with Linda [Grey] in last Monday’s episodes where he says that hubris will bring Cliff down. We knew absolutely how to get Cliff Barnes overconfident. That’s why there’s that smirk. I’ve gotten tweets about my smirk. I’m very happy about that smirk. [Laughs] I didn’t know I had a good smirk in me. You actually smirk better in slow motion. What we end up seeing is that Bobby has to do things so out of his comfort zone. I mean he’s literally so uncomfortable, as a character, with the things he’s gonna have to do in these next two hours. The smirk gets replaced by a grimace of Ohmygod, what have I done? But, it’s great fun to do that, having been Bobby for over 30 years, to see how I have to make a good guy cross the line and still be, I think, a good guy. He is reluctant about doing it. He’s only doing it because J.R. mandated it in his dying letter. So, he’s obligated to do things that he’s not comfortable doing, but I don’t think he’s gonna stay there very long once the job is done. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas': Julie Gonzalo on Pamela's surprise wedding (and return to Southfork?)

It takes a lot to shock Dallas fans, but seeing Pamela Barnes (Julie Gonzalo) and John Ross Ewing (Josh Henderson) wed in Vegas this week — binding them and their respective shares in Barnes Global and Ewing Energies — did it. “I was sitting on a comfortable couch, and I was reading the episode,” Gonzalo says, “and I literally yelled, ‘WHAT? They’re marrying them already? No way!’ At first, I was like, ‘That’s so soon,’ but now I’m like, ‘That’s awesome. They’re brilliant.’ They’re a great duo and really complement each other. I don’t think it’s happily ever after for these two, at all. I think the fun has just started.”  READ FULL STORY

'Dallas' EP Cynthia Cidre teases a big moment for John Ross and Pamela

There are only four episodes left in season 2 of Dallas, with two episodes airing at 8 p.m. ET tonight and two more airing next Monday. “As we get closer to the end, all those balls that we’ve had in the air have to land,” executive producer Cynthia Cidre tells EW. “So there’s a lot of revelations amongst these last four episodes. It’s just non-stop.” In fact, watching the first hour of next week’s season finale, “I told the editor, ‘Give me a moment. Let me go get some water,’ because it’s all paying off,” she says. “Even for me, it’s great fun to watch.”
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'Dallas' opening credits honor Larry Hagman and J.R. Ewing -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Dallas‘ iconic theme song will sound a little different tonight as the TNT series says goodbye to J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) with a memorial and funeral. Watch the revised opening credits below, and make sure you have a tissue handy. Exec producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael R. Robin spoke to EW.com about honoring Hagman, the wonderful last image of him captured on film, and how they orchestrated J.R.’s final act. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas' marathon prepares you for next week's 'end of J.R. Ewing'

As the promo for Larry Hagman’s final episode on March 4 promises: “All his schemes, all his double-crossing, all his deceptions, lead to the moment you can’t miss — the end of J.R. Ewing.”

If you haven’t been watching the TNT reboot (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET), you can catch up with a marathon of season 2′s first six episode now on the show’s site and through the TNT mobile app. The March 4 episode will be added the day after it airs, as the marathon opportunity continues leading up to the March 11 episode, J.R.’s funeral, which will bring back more faces from the original series. “It will be funny and appropriate to J.R., but it will also be sad because his family loved him,” executive producer Cynthia Cidre told EW. “As do the fans.”

Watch the promo below. If you have been watching the new Dallas, odds are it’ll make you tear up. And possibly eat a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies with milk because a piece of your youth is gone. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas' casts Lee Majors as [spoiler]'s former flame! -- EXCLUSIVE

TNT’s Dallas has snagged itself a Six Million Dollar Man.

EW has learned exclusively that Lee Majors has booked a two-episode guest spot on the second season of TNT’s hit reboot drama. He will play Ken Richards, an old flame of Sue Ellen’s who finds himself crossing paths with her once again for business matters.

Majors, who best known for playing Col. Steve Austin, recently had guest spots on Raising Hope, Grey’s Anatomy and CSI: NY.

Dallas kicked off its second season on Tuesday, with an episode that notched almost 3 million viewers.

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TNT’s ‘Dallas’ cast: Hagman’s death inspired phenomenal episodes

TNT's 'Dallas' cast: Hagman's death inspired phenomenal episodes

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Dallas fans get to see some of Larry Hagman’s final work tonight as he dons his Stetson in the show’s second season premiere. But the TNT drama’s cast say some of the show’s best episodes are yet to come.

Co-stars Jordana Brewster and Jesse Metcalfe say the passing of the longtime Dallas icon last November inspired the show’s writing team to draft some of their strongest hours. The writers had to scramble to rewrite the second half of the season over the show’s winter hiatus with the aim of giving Hagman’s character J.R. Ewing a dramatically fitting send-off.

“Larry’s death was terribly sad and sudden and we’d certainly rather make the show with him than without him,” said Brewster on the red carpet for EW’s annual SAG party in Los Angeles on Saturday. “That said, I think the writers really came up with a brilliant way to cope with the loss. It could have ruined the show and derailed everyone but instead they made the best of it and actually came up with some really great stuff. It sets a lot of things in motion. We owe it to Larry to make the best show we possibly can. The last two scripts we have done since we came back have been phenomenal.” READ FULL STORY

'Dallas': 'This is the house that Hagman built,' says Patrick Duffy on plans to honor TV giant

At the time of Larry Hagman’s unexpected death on November 23, the Dallas team had five episodes of their sophomore season in the can that feature everybody’s favorite scamp J.R. Ewing. So after that most terrible surprise, executive producer Cynthia Cidre was tasked not just with mourning the loss of a television giant and friend, but also dramatically changing course on the fly. She had at her disposal an extra scene shot of Hagman that had been cut from an earlier episode and will now be inserted in episode 6. And then over three days she hand wrote episode 7, which will start exploring J.R.’s absence. “I never cried when I was writing,” says Cidre. “But the next day I started to type, and I started crying so hard I couldn’t even see the computer screen.”

The eighth episode of the season, slated to air March 11, will pay tribute to Hagman with a funeral episode for J.R. Joining the Ewing clan will be plenty of familiar faces from the original Dallas who will help honor an unforgettable man. “It will be funny and appropriate to J.R., but it will also be sad because his family loved him,” says Cidre. “As do the fans.”

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