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Dallas 30th anniversary reunion planned

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 14th 2008 5:39PM
Dallas logoAre you available Saturday, November 8th? Will you be in Parker, Texas? If the answer to these questions is yes, then maybe you'll head out to Southfork Ranch for a reunion with cast members of the classic CBS mega-hit Dallas. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the primetime soap, several actors from the show -- those still around -- will gather for a huge celebration. J.R. -- Larry Hagman -- will be the unofficial host, with Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) also confirmed. No, this is not a dream. It's a real anniversary get together!

And what's really terrific about this event, if you ask me, is that it's not a private party. You can buy a ticket and take part. Tickets go on sale August 22 and will cost between $100 and $1,000. And for that money there will be a chance to ask questions of the stars, enjoy a concert of country music, tour Southfork and watch a fireworks display. Presumably that will not be a re-enactment of "Who shot J.R.?"

There's no mention of food, but I'm thinking there has to be some vittles included in that price. As someone who has enjoyed a couple of Star Trek conventions, I would be first in line for a ticket to this if I were a Dallas devotee. It sounds like it'll be an informal, fun gathering, and Larry Hagman is known to be very much the life of the party -- and that's sans booze. (He had a liver transplant in 1995 and stopped drinking from then on).

You know, it would be so cool if other shows staged these kinds of events. I've always wondered why Trekkers have been so lucky to get this experience? Aren't there fans of Seinfeld out there with the wherewithal to organize a reunion in New York?

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I'd go if I didn't live 1000 miles away. Dallas was my favorite program the years it was on. I remember it was on Friday night & I played in the school band and there would often be Friday night basketball games where band members were required to play in pep band. This was a few years before the advent of vcr's & so I wouldn't miss the show, about the best my parents could do was record the sound for me on an audio tape. It wasn't great, but it was better than nothing. Later on in syndication I got to see all the episodes. Kids today don't know how good they have it!

August 17 2008 at 4:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jimmy flowers

Great article. Happy to see they are doing this. There are other shows besides Trek that have had conventions or festivals, including Twin Peaks, Dark Shadows, Xena/Hercules, and Serenity.

However, these shows tend to be "genre" shows, whereas Dallas is much more "normal" in comparison. Although I guess the Who Shot JR storyline could be considered fantasy.

August 15 2008 at 1:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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