Sorry “Dallas” fans, your favorite show’s demise wasn’t a dream after all.
Efforts to find a new home for the series, which was canceled by TNT in October after three seasons, have failed, executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin said Wednesday.
The pair credited series producers Warner Horizon with making a “Herculean” effort to place the show elsewhere, but nonetheless acknowledged that the search had ended without success.
“After a 6-week attempt to try and land our beloved ‘Dallas’ at another network, we have to inform you that we have not succeeded. Warner Horizon has attempted, in a Herculean way, to try and find us a new home, but at the end of the day it did not work out,” the pair said.
“We so appreciate the outpouring of support by all of you, and the #SaveDallas campaign was a truly remarkable undertaking. We cannot fully express how much we loved making this show for you and with you,” Cidre and Robin added. “We had 3 wonderful years together, and we had the times of our lives bringing this iconic show back to television. Thank you for your support; thank you for your loyalty to our wonderful characters; and thank you for watching our show.”
“We wish you all our very best, and thank you again for loving ‘Dallas.'”
Fan reaction to TNT’s cancellation of the show, which included cast members from the returning series such as Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray with newcomers including Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe, came fast and furious. An online petition seeking to bring the show back to television amassed 84,925 signatures, nearly 75,000 signatures over the petition’s goal.
Meanwhile, Duffy mounted a media campaign to help drum up support for a revival.
“Until we as a cast and Cynthia Cidre say, ‘Stop, it’s a dead issue,’ we should keep going forward. And as a cast, we encourage every one of our followers to do that,” Duffy told Jason Matheson of St. Paul radio station My Talk 107.1 FM in earlier this month.
“TNT has decided not to renew ‘Dallas.’ We are extremely proud of the series, which defied expectations by standing as a worthy continuation of the Ewing saga,” a spokesperson for TNT announced in early October, when the series was canceled. “We want to thank everyone involved with the show, from the extraordinary cast to the impeccable production team, led by the show’s creative forces, Cynthia Cidre and Mike Robin. We especially want to thank the people of ‘Dallas’ for their warm and generous hospitality during the production of the series.”