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TNT's 'Dallas' gets a third season

J.R. in the Season 1 finale of

J.R. in the Season 1 finale of "Dallas." (Aug. 8, 2012) Credit: TNT

Great news for fans (self included) of TNT's solid remake of the daddy of all prime-time soaps: "Dallas" just got a third season. TNT says the 15-episode season will begin sometime early next year:

"Dallas has built a passionately loyal following with its expertly woven story lines, clever twists and turns, and numerous outstanding performances by a cast that spans generations," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "Although we said goodbye to Larry Hagman and his iconic character J.R. Ewing this year, Dallas has many more stories left to tell, and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.'s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted."   

No surprise here, but "Dallas" did decline from the first season numbers -- which were very solid. Per TVbythenumbers, last season averaged 3.8 million viewers (over seven days.) Those are good, not stratospheric.

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