"Dallas" fans are not quitters. Following TNT's decision to cancel the series in early October after a shocking cliffhanger at the end of Season 3, fans have taken to social media to see if another network would save their beloved show.
“Dallas” came back to TV in 2012 as a revival of the CBS soap opera by the same name that ran from 1978 to 1991. The show had three seasons on TNT but had its plug pulled before the writers could wrap up their big storyline. That’s a large part of what prompted fans to fight for the series’ return.
Speaking to Yahoo TV, reboot creator and showrunner Cynthia Cidre told fans to remain optimistic and to keep the #savedallas campaign going. The actors are still under contract for a few more weeks so anything could happen. Patrick Duffy, who played a role in both the original series and the revival, seems to be championing the movement from social media, keeping fans as updated as he can about negotiations with other networks.
Coming week pivotal. We will be increasing our PR. After that chances slimmer ❤️ #SaveDallas
— Patrick Duffy (@therealpduffy) November 2, 2014
Cidre said many hoped “Dallas” would find a new home on Netflix, which is responsible for saving beloved fan-favorite shows like “Arrested Development” and “The Killing” after they were given the boot by their respective networks. Unfortunately, that won’t happen here.
“A streaming service is not compatible with our foreign deals, unfortunately, because those deals are all very profitable, and the rest of the world loves Dallas,” the showrunner explained. “There’s CMT, there’s Reelz, there’s WGN, there are a lot of possibilities.”
One such possibility is The CW. A petition on Change.com hopes to convince The CW to pick up Dallas for a fourth season. At the time of publication, the petition had more than 83,500 signatures.
“Die hard [sic] fans never get tired of the Ewings and the drama so please grant our wish and help save our show!!!!”
No one from the CW was immediately available for comment on the petition, but TV Guide’s Matt Roush says he’d be “shocked” if the CW agreed to take Dallas.
“It hardly seems the proper demographic, and while the network does have a history of soapy serials of various styles -- some good ("Jane"), some dreadful ("Hart of Dixie") -- the recent successful surge of fantasy/sci-fi/superhero genre fare suggests it’s not a top network priority these days,” Roush wrote.
Still, “Dallas” fans are being told to remain optimistic. Negotiations are ongoing and the petition continues to gain signatures.