TNT may have canceled “Dallas,” the continuation of the classic CBS series, months ago, and executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin may have stated the efforts to move the show to another network had come to an end, but fans of the series are still campaigning for a pickup of their beloved show via Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media as of Wednesday, April 29. Earlier this month, Fashion & Style acknowledged fans of the series by playing an April Fools’ Day joke on them, announcing that CBS had picked up “Dallas” to premiere in 2016.
Super fan, Sara Duckworth created an online petition for “Dallas” following its cancellation, which has acquired over 90, 000 signatures. Highlight Hollywood spoke with Duckworth about her efforts with the #SaveDallas campaign.
“We feel TNT cheated us leaving us with loose ends and a huge cliffhanger involving a major character’s death,” Duckworth said. “We never got the closure or the chance to say goodbye to a show that we love and is part of our lives. We all feel the show has many more stories left to tell about the Barnes and Ewing feud as well as the other characters from Dallas.”
The original series, which aired on CBS, started 37 years ago, airing from 1978 until 1991. Duckworth mentioned the ability of “Dallas” to capture the appeal of multiple generations of younger and older viewers noting that her mother was a fan of the original, and brought her into the “Dallas” fandom when the new “Dallas” began airing on TNT.
“It’s not just another show,” Duckworth said. “It’s a classic.” When asked how long she’ll fight for “Dallas,” she answered, “I will fight until a network picks it up. I’m never giving up.”
Duckworth knows that her actions may not have immediate results, but she is hopeful about the future of “Dallas.”
“I’m optimistic that a network will someday give Dallas a new home because I know that there are enough fans out there who are just as optimistic as me that Dallas is not over,” Duckworth said. “As long as we all work together…someday our wish will come true and it’ll come back. It may not be 3 or 5 years, but someday when we least expect it Dallas will once again be on our TV screens.”
She added, “There are shows that got brought back to television because of all the demanding and fighting that the fans went into get their show back. As long as we stick together, have faith, think positive, and fight, there is always hope.”
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