On Monday night, fans watched the season two finale of TNT’s Dallas, and when the smoke cleared, there had been mixed reviews from critics and viewers!
And in a new interview with TV Guide Magazine’s William Keck Dallas’ executive producer, Cynthia Cidre addressed the burning questions from the season closer, why they chose to make certain decisions in regards to Victoria Principal ever possibly returning to the show as Pam, and why they decided to have J.R (the late Larry Hagman) do himself in and more! Here are a few intriguing excerpts from the Cidre interview!
Cidre on why the decision to kill the character of Pam: “We were probably going to let the mystery continue for years on end. Then there were too many questions around it and a little too much drama for us after Victoria Principal’s statement. (On March 1, Principal released a statement saying, “I cannot be held responsible for any choices made by producers once I left Dallas, but I do take responsibility for my decision not to risk tarnishing Bobby and Pam’s love story with a desperate reappearance.) And so we decided it was best to put it to rest so that there would be no more questions.”
Cidre on why it was the choice to reveal that Pam died from Pancreatic Cancer in 1989: “That’s the one cancer that’s fast. What I thought was clever about the storyline was that it killed three birds with one stone. (Besides killing off the character), Pam was not cruel to her son for 24 years, so Christopher can feel that he was not abandoned. She was trying to come back to him and loved him. It would have been very hard to redeem a character who decided the Barnes/Ewing feud was so terrible that she couldn’t even see her son. That was unacceptable in my opinion. We wanted Christopher to stop feeling bad about what had happened. Then we could spin it to make Cliff even worse. He had kept that a secret from his nephew for his own evil purposes. That was the way to go.”
Cidre on why she chose to make former underdog Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) so vile: “I had a theory that in the years that had passed, Cliff had not gotten over the feud and it had gotten worse. He had become slightly Howard Hughes-ish; that he’d crossed into madness. There was a certain goofiness to him before. Once Larry passed, we needed a villain and Harris Ryland wasn’t involved in a blood feud. Ken Kercheval, by the way, has never been happier with his material. He’s been fabulous.”
So, did Cidre and the team wreck the foundation of Dallas with these plot twists? Did you like that J.R. took his own life because he had cancer and wanted to set-up Cliff Barnes? Do you think Victoria Principal pissed off the executives of TNT’s Dallas that they just decided enough is enough and killed Pam off for good? What did you think of the season two finale? What was your favorite moments? Least favorite moments? Weigh-in!