Patrick Duffy optimistic ‘Dallas’ season 3 will happen, proud of season 2 ‘cliffhanger’
Dallas star Patrick Duffy says that he is “optimistic” about the show’s chances of returning for a third season.
The TNT revamp has struggled in its second year, with ratings in the US falling under 2 million viewers.
UPDATE: TNT renewed the show for a third season, set to arrive early 2014 – more here
“I’m optimistic about a season three,” Duffy told TV Guide. “But only based on the fact that I don’t believe that the directors, writers and actors and that every other person involved in making Dallas could make a better television show called Dallas.”
He added: “I think writing for the last episode of [season two] is one of the best executions of a cliffhanger in the history of Dallas.”
Duffy says he’s excited to get back to Bobby’s roots, but admits he enjoyed his brief walk on the wild side when he was forced to help execute J.R.’s plan this season.
“For me, it was fun. Not because I want to play bad guys, but because, playing Bobby for so many years now, it’s fun to play a character you know that well doing something he’s not supposed to do. He was so out of his comfort zone,” Duffy says. “But it’s not something that I want my character to do, and I want to keep playing this character for the next 15 years. So I don’t think he’s going to go to the dark side very often.”
Duffy added that he remains proud of Dallas despite the show’s declining viewership.
“If we were, for some strange reason, not to get picked up, I wouldn’t feel bad at all because I feel so good about what we’ve done,” said the 64-year-old actor.
The Dallas season finale airs Monday at 9/8c on TNT