Friday, October 3, 2014

TNT Cancels 'Dallas' After 3 Seasons

Two weeks after concluding its third season with a major character death, TNT has opted to cancel the primetime soap Dallas after 3 seasons.

"TNT has decided not to renew Dallas. We are extremely proud of the series, which defied expectations by standing as a worthy continuation of the Ewing saga. We want to thank everyone involved with the show, from the extraordinary cast to the impeccable production team, led by the show's creative forces, [executive producers] Cynthia Cidre and Mike Robin," said a TNT spokesperson in a statement. "We especially want to thank the people of Dallas fro their warm and generous hospitality during the production of the series."

The continuation of the CBS soap that ran from 1978 to 1991 featured a mix of original castmembers (Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Ken Kercheval and Larry Hagman) and new faces (Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong). The series would also later star Mitch Pileggi, Emma Bell, Kuno Becker, Juan Pablo Di Pace and Judith Light.

The drama got off to a promising start in the summer of 2012 with 7 million viewers tuning for the first episode. That number quickly dwindled, follow a move away from the summer months and the death of actor Hagman during production on the second season. His death was written into the series. The third season finale that aired on September 23, 2014 was watched by 1.718 million viewers and posted only a 0.4 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic.