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Talking "Dallas"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 11, 2012

In case you missed it in Sunday's Beacon Journal, I had a column about the new "Dallas" series and about the making of the previous one. You can read it here.

When "Dallas" was in its glory days, I was a semi-young TV critic in Schenectady, NY, and got to see some of the frenzy surrounding the show. I remember one press session in California in 1986 where the critics had stacked up umpteen deep around Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy, who had made his famous Bobby-in-the-shower appearance at the end of the previous season. There was enormous interest in Duffy's return, and how it had happened, and both men were chatting away, tape recorders catching their every word.

As I stood in the cluster near Duffy, there was a shoving from behind me in the crowd, a CNN reporter and photographer were trying to get closer to Duffy, and seemed to think that the print journalists in their way would make a hole. Said journalists did not, and expressed their unhappiness clearly. The CNNers did slow down but, as I wrote later, "they never considered that the print reporters before tem were entitled to more than the minimum of courtesy." More to the point here, the TV crew knew that Duffy was a hot story -- and they needed to get it.



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