If you just read our earlier article, then you know that the news is true: “Dallas” has been canceled by TNT after three seasons. It was hardly a stunning move in some ways, given the poor scheduling by the network, and the fact that the ratings were lower than almost every other drama on the schedule at this point.
With that being said, we know that there is an audience for this show out there, and we’ve heard from them quite a few times over the past few years about their passion for the show. Could it live on elsewhere?
We’ve talked about this situation a lot with “Longmire,” and we’ve felt that it has at least a reasonable chance. Unfortunately, we are not as optimistic here for a few reasons.
- Ownership – “Longmire” and “Dallas” are actually made by the same studio in Warner Horizon, as “Longmire” was originally made for TNT before they passed on it. Since “Dallas” was made for TNT and canceled, it’s not even clear if anyone is even shopping the show.
- Ratings – The total viewers for “Longmire” season 3 were considerably more than “Dallas” season 3, and even when you take out the demo, that may make it a harder sell.
- Cast size – There are a ton of people on board here, and we can’t imagine that Patrick Duffy, Jordana Brewster, and some of these other names come that cheap.
With that being said, never say never. Netflix already owns the streaming rights, so they seem to be a better future candidate for the show than either Amazon or Hulu. Yahoo Screen is a service we are continually curious about, given their decision to bring on “Community.”
The internet is the best hope for the show now, since we don’t imagine any other network will give it a huge look given the numbers, unless someone like ION or WGN America finds a way to dramatically lower the cost, which would probably mean getting rid of many notable cast members. At that point, it’d hardly be the same show.