J.R. Ewing

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Dallas (the Television Show) Now Has Its Own Bourbon

    Editor's note: Please scroll down to the bottom of this post and hit "play" before reading for best results. Repeat as necessary. In honor of the third season of the hit TV show Dallas, Southfork Bottling Co. is teaming up with Warner Bros. to launch a new whiskey. J.R. Ewing Bourbon, inspired by t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Weatherford's Building a Life-Sized Larry Hagman Statue

    Four months after his death and mere days after his larger-than-life alter ego J.R. Ewing was laid to rest, Larry Hagman will finally get that which he never had in life: a life-sized Larry Hagman statue in Weatherford. That's the plan of the Weatherford City Council and The Larry Hagman Memorial C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Dallas, Now Less Popular Than Teen Mom 2, is Hemorrhaging Viewers

    When the first season of the revamped Dallas debuted in June, it was described in the trade press as a ratings gusher, pulling in a solid 6.9 million viewers. It seems that the ratings bonanza is now over. The show's second season pulled in fewer than 3 million viewers, a series low. It fared even ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Apparently, at Least One British Newspaper Hasn't Figured Out How to Spot a Hipster

    Our resident Englishman stumbled across an article in a popular UK newspaper that aimed some snark at what the paper called current food trends. Gavin, who at his present rate of Americanization will soon own an AR-15 and a pickup, took exception to the article's outlook. An Open Letter to The Guar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    LaGrange Snow Cone Trailer: At 5 o'clock Today it's Go Time!

    A of couple weeks ago we were happy to report that LaGrange's new snow cone trailer is giving out free booze, thanks to a salacious little loophole in Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. Well, today we have even better news: The snow cone trailer is opening at 5 p.m. for a test run. Then, starting Wedn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Five References to Dallas in Pop Culture

    Is everyone so excited for the new season of Dallas? Oh, you are actually excited? Then you should join our friends at Mixmaster tonight at the Angelika for a screening of the first episode of the new show. We even made you a drinking schedule! So, to get you nice and limbered up for the big night ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Dallas Finally Does Dallas, or: They Started Shooting J.R. Ewing (and Family) This Week

    Photo by Zade Rosenthal, courtesy Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc.Father and son: Larry Hagman and Josh Henderson on the set of Dallas yesterday​TNT's crack publicity department sends word: Production began on that next-gen Dallas this week -- 21 hours ago, or thereabouts, from the looks of Jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Don't Mince Words, GQ, What Do You Really Think About How Dallas Men Dress?

    ​A Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to GQ's round-up of The 40 Worst-Dressed Cities in America, and if there's one bit of good news, it's this: Austin and Houston are just a wee bit fuglier, coming at No. 18 and No. 21, respectively, on a list where Dallas ranks 23rd. But, really, the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Ever Wanted to Own J.R. Ewing's Hats and Boots? Larry Hagman's Having a Garage Sale.

    Ro Kim's original painting of Jim Davis as Jock Ewing can now be yours.​TNT's still in and around town shooting that next-gen Dallas pilot; Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and the kids are due to wrap this week, after which network execs will decide whether to move ahead with a full series ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2011

    As the Ewings Return to Dallas For a Second Shot, Linda Gray on Sue Ellen Then and Now

    Photo by Patrick MichelsLarry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray on the Southfork Ranch balcony at the November 2008 Dallas cast reunion​Larry Hagman's already in Dallas -- downtown, to be specific, where the once and future J.R. Ewing will speak at 11 this morning and again at 2 this afternoon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Next Month, Dallas Returns to Dallas As TNT Decides to Shoot Pilot Here After All

    Looks like those old bumper stickers the city made finally did the trick.​We've been waiting since at least September to see whether TNT and Warner Horizon Television would be shooting that Dallas pilot here -- ya know, in Dallas? Larry Hagman, who will be among The Holy Trinity of original cast m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Dallas, An "American Icon"

    ​On Christmas Eve afternoon, radio-radio's Julia Barton stopped by the offices to interview Schutze and me for an episode of Public Radio International's Studio 360, which is hosted by Kurt Andersen. Barton had been tasked with doing a piece on Dallas as part of the show's "American Icons" series, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Will That Dallas Reboot Be Shot in Dallas? And Will It Be Without J.R. Ewing? Stay Tuned.

    ​Over the weekend, a local TV-bizzer sent to Unfair Park this TV Guide piece about the future of TNT's Dallas reboot and whether or not it'll include one J.R. Ewing. Late last week, there was a report that Larry Hagman was out on the Cynthia Cidre-penned relaunch -- something to do with lack of su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Pedestrian Playlist: What Does Cowboys Stadium Architect Ralph Hawkins Listen To?

    Welcome to a new recurring feature here on DC9 where we talk to people of interest in the metroplex about their taste in music, including likes, dislikes, and guilty pleasures. We're calling it Pedestrian Playlist -- because, hey, everyone listens to music. A dude wearing a tie like that is bound to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Khatter Vineyards: Want More Than a Bottle? Buy the Vineyard.

    ​If you are familiar with Parker, Texas, at all, doubtless it's because of Southfork Ranch, home to JR Ewing and his fictional clan from Dallas. But while the symbol for the Ewing empire might be the oil well, the signage for Parker's only winery features the peacock. You see, when Jay and Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Annual Dallas CVB Meeters Would Like To Reiterate: We Are Not J.R. Ewing. No, Seriously.

    Photos by Andrea GrimesFor those about to not talk about Dallas in terms of shoulder pads and oil barons, Mayor Tom Leppert salutes you.​Perhaps you've heard: Dallas is no longer the city of J.R. Ewing. Mayor Tom Leppert said as much during the topping-off ceremony at the convention center hotel, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    J.R. and SMU Reach for the Sun

    ​Not together, mind you -- this isn't a joint project between Ewing Oil and the Hilltop. But both Larry Hagman, now positioning himself as the Anti-Palin, and Southern Methodist are making a singular push for solar power -- the former Dallas star in a highly publicized ad for a German photovoltaic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Dallas After Dark: Tomorrow Night, It's Lights Out, Yet Again, For Earth Hour

    Justin TerveenDowntown Dallas as it looked during last year's Earth Hour​Speaking of our pal Justin ...Last year we enlisted him to shoot the city as it went dark for World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour. Only problem: Despite the lengthy list of buildings scheduled to join the 60-minute blackout, it ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Advertisements for Itself: Or, Dallas Is Great City in Which to "Jump on the Hood of a Car"

    Burn Notice creator Matt NIx, also responsible for the working-titled Code 58​Just a quick follow-up about Code 58, the FOX buddy-cop series set to shoot here beginning January 26 with Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks. Yes, yes, as the great Ed Bark noted yesterday on something called ... More >>

  • News

    December 31, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    The Top 10 Most Famous Hats in the History of Dallas

    Everything's bigger in Dallas. Even the, um, hats. ​I can't believe you people. Yeah, you. The ones who actually spend a millisecond of your precious time on Earth worrying about how a certain Dallas Cowboys' quarterback wears his cap. Not his helmet, mind you. His hat. I'm all about big ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    There's Probably Not Gonna Be a Dallas Movie. But a New TV Show? Looks Like It.

    Patrick MichelsLarry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray at Southfork Ranch at the Dallas reunion in November '08​Can't believe it -- we get to use our "Ugh, More New About the Dallas Movie" slug again, long after that remake died a slow death some time in '07. Only this time, according to The Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Thomas Haden Church on How Owen, Luke Wilson Really Got Their Nicknames

    The Ninth Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held last night on the site of the old Austin airport, was quite the damp, frigid shindig -- part all-star love-in, part call to arms. Amidst the inducting -- and feted this year were the likes of Powers Booth (SMU's own), Twilight directo ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2008

    Dallas Cast Reunion Leaves Fans Southforked

    Thirty years after Dallas, fans worldwide came, saw and were conquered.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Campaign Flashback: Perot for Prez! And Other Political Grab-Bag Goodies.

    Hands down, the best-made T-shirt in the dresser remains the "Perot for President" tee I bought from a street-corner salesman as a gag, swear, in the final days of the 1992 campaign. Sixteen years and countless wearings and washings later, the thing still looks brand-new; not so much Ross Perot, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008

    C'mon, Youze Guys, New York's So Much Better Than Dallas

    In a column sure to make locals' heads collectively 'splode, former Dallas Morning News sports writer Gary Myers, who departed these climes in '89, today has a piece in the Daily News bearing the aw-jeez headline, "The Big Apple vs. The Big D." As in, "Dallas is a pizza and bagels-challenged town, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007

    Dallas No Dallas? Y'Don't Say.

    "We're so much more than Dallas the TV show," says a Dallas tourism rep in a story that I swear I read back in 1987. Only, nope, it's from today -- in a Chicago Tribune by way of Kansas City Star piece about how Dallas is still trying to recover from the J.R. Ewing drinking binge that last 13 season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    Dallas Lives!

    John Travolta is still the only cast member in The Movie That Will Not Go Away. Say it ain't so: Dallas -- the movie that will not die -- is still alive, despite the best efforts of several screenwriters and two now-former directors (Robert Luketic and Gurinder Chadha) who couldn't get the corpse ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007

    At This Point, Feel Free to Write In "Unfair Park" on Your Ballot Tomorrow

    So, Jennifer Gale, who probably had to get a ride, showed to the final mayoral forum, but Don Hill, Ed Oakley and Max Wells couldn't be bothered. That's nice. More than two months ago, I attended a mayoral forum hosted by the Dallas Police Association and left thoroughly confused about how the top s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2007

    Zzzzz...Huh? Oh Yeah. That Mayor Thingy.

    Have you heard? Tom Leppert is a businessman. There is the glamourous and consequential side of journalism: Covering a presidential race, writing about a war, detailing the side effects of a new cancer drug, profiling Maggie Gyllenhaal. And there is this: Attending a debate for Dallas mayor at 7:30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2006

    How Dallas Helped and Hurt Dallas

    Dallas gets thrown under the bus in this morning's Los Angeles Times. In a story about how the Fox series The O.C. -- which went from beloved to...uh...beloathed (?) in record time -- is likely to get the ax, there's also some question about how the show affected the image of Orange County. Well, na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2006

    EW Does Dallas

    It's been a good long while since we've had any news about the big-screen version of Dallas; I know, sucks, doesn't it? Well, the issue of Entertainment Weekly arriving at subscribers' doorsteps tomorrow has a short item about the movie, which seems to be moving along at a dead snail's pace. Because ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 24, 2006
  • Blogs

    April 18, 2006

    Ewing Don't Want to Eat with J.R.?

    To quote Groucho Marx: Whatever it is, I'm against it. Certainly that's the God's honest when it comes to this big-screen version of Dallas, which will star Robert Davi as J.R. Ewing, Costas Mandylor as his younger brother Bobby, Shannon Tweed as Sue Ellen and Katey Segal as Pam. (What, that's not r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2006

    I Hope They Shoot It on Uranus

    According to this just-posted piece from the Dallas Business Journal, a location scout for the big-screen version of Dallas has extended his/her stay from three days to two weeks, giving the Dallas Film Commission folks the impression the movie might get shot here after all. According to the story, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2006

    J.R. Wants to Stay in Florida

    Wuh-oh. Don't think the mayor's gonna like this bit o' bad news. Seems John Travolta, tapped to star as J.R. Ewing in the oddly anticipated big-screen version of Dallas, wants to film the movie near his home. In Florida. "John Travolta loves his adopted hometown of Ocala so much he hopes to film s ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2004

    Monkey Business

    Buzz picks a few nits with the year that was

  • Dining

    November 20, 2003


    Can women meet a decent guy in a bar?

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    2002 Revealed

    An aging Buzz finds little to celebrate in the year gone by. What did you expect?

  • Music

    November 8, 2001

    Forgot About D.O.C.

    The D.O.C. is ready to take on the world. And he's bringing Dallas with him.

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Love & Rockets

    Andrew Beal spent $200 million trying to launch rockets without Uncle Sam's help. His dream went down in flames

  • Music

    January 6, 2000

    Take these records, please

    Or: Yes, it was as bad as you think

  • News

    December 18, 1997
  • Calendar

    September 25, 1997
  • News

    April 25, 1996

    Soul Power

    The city's future is in the hooves of a winged horse--and in the New Age musings of the Dallas Institute of Humanities.