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"Dallas" review by Suzanne
Returns for Season 3 Monday February 24 on TNT

I watched every episodes of both the old and new "Dallas". I was a huge fan when it first aired. I watched most of the new show but then fell behind a bit last summer (due to moving) and I just recently caught up on the rest of the second season. I was very happy to get a DVD of the third season to watch and review.

The show is still great, although of course it would be better if Larry Hagman were still around. J.R.'s legacy (as well as Miss Ellie's) continues today.  John Ross fights with Bobby about drilling (and fracking!) on Southfork as well as redecorating their family home. He still beds the two women, like his daddy did (and Sue Ellen worries about that a lot). He gives Pamela a big ring and they plan a real wedding. Cliff gets out of jail and causes more trouble for the Ewings, even though they have controlling interest in his company now.

Christopher is very upset still by his breakup with Elena. There's a great scene where he's chopping wood, wearing a new beard and looking sweaty and intense. LOL!  We know from last season that Elena is now in cahoots with Cliff as well as an old friend that she went to visit in Mexico. She definitely has divided loyalties while she tries to get justice for her family.

We see more of the great bad family the Rylands. Harris gets out of jail, too, and causes more problems. There are some wonderful scenes with his mother, played by the great Judith Light (they go a bit far with her...kind of hard to watch). They have a seriously twisted family history with not only each other but his daughter Emma. Emma is not only still sleeping with John Ross behind everyone's back, she keeps getting involved with the Ewings in other ways.  In the second episode on March 3, something really shocking is revealed about one of the Rylands!

There are two new characters added this season. One is Elena's childhood friend, who is also pretending to be Cliff's lawyer. He's very handsome and charming. Another is this ranch girl Heather. Christopher meets her and is attracted to her.

They have a great old "Dallas" tradition, the Ewing barbecue, and that's always fun to see. I don't recall seeing any more classic Dallas characters other than Bobby, Cliff, and Sue Ellen in these two episodes, but I hope we do get to see more of Lucy, Ray, Gary et al.

I hope you'll enjoy these new episodes as much as I did. I can't wait to see what happens next!

MORE INFORMATION: Let the Backstabbing Begin: Season Three of TNT's Hit Drama Dallas to Launch Monday, Feb. 24

The backstabbing, two-timing, double-crossing drama of TNT's Dallas is set to return this winter with the launch of the hit series' third season. Dallas, which follows the internal and external conflicts facing the oil-rich Ewing family, stars Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo, Brenda Strong, Mitch Pileggi and Emma Bell, with Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray. The new season will also see the addition of Juan Pablo Di Pace as a regular cast member and the return of guest stars Ken Kercheval, Judith Light, Kuno Becker and Marlene Forte. In addition, AnnaLynne McCord is set to guest-star in several episodes. Produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television, Dallas is slated to kick off its new season Monday, Feb. 24, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

Dallas stars Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, who is now the senior member of the Ewing family, following the death of his older brother, J.R. Ewing. Linda Gray stars as Sue Ellen Ewing, J.R.'s former wife and the mother of his son, John Ross III (Josh Henderson). Following the death of his revered father, John Ross is out to prove he can be just as powerful an ally or enemy as the infamous J.R., and Sue Ellen is ready to help him any way she can.

Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), Bobby's adopted son, is still determined to make a name for himself and his family; but he continues to reel after his engagement to Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster) fell through, and the search for his mother ended with news that she died in 1989. Elena, having received important information about the original deed to her father's land, is now consumed with thoughts of justice for previous wrongs against her family, including her brother, Drew (Kuno Becker), and mother, Carmen (Marlene Forte), the Southfork Ranch housekeeper. To find that justice, Elena has turned to an old childhood friend, Nicolas Treviño, played by new cast member Juan Pablo Di Pace, who most recently starred in the series Camp.

The Ewings' chief nemesis, Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), has done everything he can to bring the Ewing family down. But when an attempt to sabotage a Ewing oil rig resulted in injuring his daughter, Pamela Barnes (Julie Gonzalo), and killing her and Christopher's unborn twins, Cliff suddenly found his daughter turning against him. Having helped the Ewings gain a controlling interest in Barnes Global, Pamela is now determined to find a happy ending with her new husband, John Ross, and make a home for herself on Southfork Ranch. Cliff, meanwhile, awaits trial for the murder of J.R., of which he has been accused.

Bobby’s wife, Ann (Brenda Strong), continues to battle with Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi), her scheming ex-husband who is now in jail for drug smuggling. Ann also continues to build a relationship with her daughter, Emma (Emma Bell), a sheltered beauty who has teamed up with John Ross to stir up trouble for her father, Harris. Things become even more difficult for Ann with the return of Harris' controlling mother, Judith (Judith Light).

The third season of Dallas will introduce viewers to Heather, a 20-something ranch hand and single mother, played by AnnaLynne McCord, who was recently seen as Naomi Clark on 90210. When Heather's ex-husband returns, bringing turmoil back into her life and the life of her 5-year-old son, Christopher steps in to help.

Dallas premiered in 2012 and finished the year as one of basic cable's Top 10 new dramas. In its second season, Dallas drew more than 3.8 million viewers, with 1.7 million adults 25-54. Shot on location in the title city, Dallas was developed by executive producer Cynthia Cidre from the series created by David Jacobs. Serving as executive producers with Cidre are Michael M. Robin, Robert Rovner and Bruce Rasmussen.

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