Thursday, March 23, 2017

Event Review: Dallas Retrospective - March 23rd, 2017


In 1980, every Friday night in my house was a television event. The Dukes of Hazzard aired at 7:00 PM and gave us all some good laughs while we ate our Golden Fried Chicken. At 8:00 PM, things got serious. The familiar sounds of the Dallas theme music rang throughout my living room and I was no longer in Austin, TX. I had traveled to that great city, where drama and backstabbing ruled supreme.


Thirty-seven years later, I live in Dallas and am proud to call it home. The television show named after the great city is still one of my all-time favorites. I introduced my wife to it, who became just about as addicted to it as I am. We spent one of our anniversaries at a special mystery dinner at Southfork Hotel before visiting and touring Southfork Ranch. We attended the Dallas 30th Anniversary event where all the stars came back.


One of my most cherished memories is sitting with Larry Hagman in the living room of Southfork and interviewing him. He was such a great gentleman who loved talking about his work and loved being J.R. It's a moment I'll never forget and was blessed to experience.


When the Winspear Opera House and J.R. Bourbon announced they were having a Dallas Retrospective featuring Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, I knew I would be there. Any chance I get to celebrate one of my favorite shows and be in the presence of its actors, I take.


The first thing that you notice about Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray is their genuine appreciation of the fans of Dallas. They know how much we love the show and the characters they portray and don't take that for granted. Both Duffy and Gray are as emotionally invested in Bobby Ewing and Sue Ellen as we are.


The night was hosted by Dallas Morning News' Robert Wilonsky, who it was evident was as big a fan of the show as anyone sitting in the crowd. He steered Duffy and Gray through a sea of questions regarding the cancellation of the revival of the show to the impact it's had on the world. Both of the actors have a great sense of humor and so many wonderful tales to tell that there was never a dull moment.


My favorite part of the evening was hearing Patrick Duffy talk about what could've been in season four of the Dallas revival. He revealed that it was going to pick up a few months after the end of season three. Christopher had died in the car explosion and the family was having to deal with the aftermath.


Duffy told the press the day before that TNT could've easily, without spending a dime, have done a few episodes to wrap up the storyline and give fans the closure they needed and deserved. After much deliberation, TNT decided against it and we were all left hanging. Oh, what could have been.


The Dallas Retrospective was a wonderful time and well attended by the community and some who even came from out of town to be there. It was a great pleasure to reminisce about a television show that has become an iconic part of not only the entertainment industry, but our culture as a whole. My one and only complaint about the evening: Where was the free bottles of J.R. Ewing Bourbon?

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