Friday nights were no-call, no-questions, no-bothering Roxanne nights at my house. For 2 hours every Friday night, I was in front of my television watching Dallas and Falcon Crest and no one was allowed to bother me, unless they were bleeding or some other form of emergency had occurred. My sister-in-law, Dena had the same rule at her house and being like a (barely) older sister to me, if she could do it, then it was acceptable for me to make those same rules, too. And considering that 8pm was bedtime for my kids and hers, it all worked out just fine.
Dena was also a Dynasty fan. I never got into Dynasty quite as much as she did, although I did watch it occasionally and enough to keep up with who was who.
April 2nd, 1982 was a Friday and I was in labor with my son. Of course, Dallas was on television in my labor room. Anyone who knows about labor knows that there’s a point where you stop or had better stop, asking the MOM questions and just go with the flow of things. My husband kept asking me questions like “who’s that guy” or “who is that lady married to” until I blew my cork. “How about I give you updates on Dallas on another Friday night?” I asked through clenched teeth.
Everyone – okay, many people – remember the summer of speculation after J.R. was shot. There were so many suspects considering J.R.’s less than sunny personality.
I hate that this is a Kate Couric interview, but here goes:
And then there was Pam’s dream episode after Bobby’s “death” that goes down in history as the worst cliff hanger resolution in television history. Highly disappointing for all of us fans.
But like a all hard-core Dallas fanatic, I stuck with the show to the very end.
Why am I blogging about this, you ask.
I just read that Dallas is coming back with a pilot on TNT. J.R., SueEllen and Bobby signed on for sure. There’s no date set for its airing and I’m not real confidant that this show can be resurrected to appeal to my generation. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not my generation they are looking to attract.
And how can you have a show about real American oilmen, when there aren’t any anymore?
Well, makes no difference. I will be sure to be watching again.