Thursday, August 07, 2008

You mean there really IS a Ewing Barbecue????

Let's take a journey to dreamland for a second, shall we? What would it be like to actually attend the Ewing Barbecue? You know, that fab annual event where Cliff makes a buffoon of himself, J.R. nails some chick in one of the bedrooms upstairs and somebody always ends up in the pool? Well, we can't promise any of the above antics, but we can tell you that the Ewing Barbecue is, indeed, a real event -- at least it is this year, 2008.

This November, the Big Three -- Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy -- are returning to the genuine Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas (the one you've got on your list to visit, if for nothing else than to buy something "Dallas"-y at the gift shop!) for a genuine Ewing Barbecue! It's a special celebration for the 30th anniversary of the show's debut.

Here's your information connection, and the place where you can snag tickets on August 18:

Spotted: Gene Evans

A couple decades before he decided to return from the dead to pay one last visit to his sis Eleanor, our buddy Garrison Southworth of "Dallas" was a rather crochety guy who ruled his poker table with an iron fist. Or at least his character was, in the pilot episode of "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" called "A Piece of the Action," airing September 1962. Cross this guy Ed and you could end up in the East River, if ya know what we mean. (Or perhaps your carcass could turn up in front of the rescue mission, as was the case in this episode.) Evans helped viewers make the transition from the half-hour "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" that had aired since 1955 to a new hourlong format in this debut episode. And this veteran actor played one mean gruff, opposite a young, robust Robert Redford. We must say, having exhausted all the currently available episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" on, we rather enjoy this hourlong incarnation. The writing gets a little chance to breathe, and Hitchcock sure could get some acting out of these guys.

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