Patrick Duffy: 'Dallas' is "Finally and Ultimately Laid to Rest"

Patrick Duffy (right) believes ABC's new primetime oil soap fills
the Dallas void in the primetime TV landscape.
Patrick Duffy belives iconic drama Dallas may have vanished from TV screens forever. Duffy revisited his most famous role as Bobby Ewing when the legendary sex-and-scandal drama was resurrected by TNT in 2012, but it was cancelled last year after three seasons.

Despite an online campaign from fans to save the beloved series, Duffy has now accepted it will likely never return now that ABC is preparing to launch new primetime soap opera Blood and Oil, which features Don Johnson as the head of a Ewing-style clan.

Duffy tells Periscope.tv, "Dallas ,I think, is finally and ultimately laid to rest. I think the indication of that is, oddly enough, there's a new show and I believe it's on ABC and it's called Blood and Oil, and when Dallas was cancelled and ABC picked up that show... they decided there needs to be a Dallas-type show on air and there can really be only one of them so they are re-tooling Blood and Oil to be exactly like Dallas used to be, and I think that's an indication that nobody will resurrect Dallas again. Dallas is gone."

Does this logic even make sense?  When Dallas was at its height, there was another huge primetime "oil" soap on the air, Dynasty.  The working title for Dynasty was even Oil, the same name ABC's new show was using when it was announced in May.  It was later changed to Blood and Oil.

Blood and Oil premieres on Sunday, September 27 on ABC. Watch the trailer below:

5 comments:

  1. They should have revised Dallas, it was far more intriguing from what I see on this trailer. Too bad they didn't get the characters back and continue on with Dallas

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  2. Dynasty was ABC's answer to Dallas. There's plenty of room on TV for two soaps about the oil business, especially since we have hundreds more channels now than we did back then.

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  3. What was so endearing about Dallas is everyone knew it from back in its hey day. That people knew the characters an when the updated Dallas aired it was just as intriguing as the old one was. If they are going to make Blood an Oil a take off on the Ewing clan they should of just left Dallas on the air.

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  4. What was so endearing about Dallas is everyone knew it from back in its hey day. That people knew the characters an when the updated Dallas aired it was just as intriguing as the old one was. If they are going to make Blood an Oil a take off on the Ewing clan they should of just left Dallas on the air.

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  5. I think there is room for both shows. I think what Patrick says is probably true, though, for 2 reasons: Larry Hagman is dead, and he was the heart of Dallas. Also Dallas's last producer is the producer of Blood and Oil. But Dallas had a backstory that the new show could never match.

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