SoapNet has corralled exclusive broadcast rights to all 13 seasons of
primetime soap opera Dallas from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable
The multiyear deal, terms of which were not disclosed, gives SoapNet the
rights to all 356 installments involving J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman).
In its heyday, Dallas ranked first (three times) or second for CBS from the
1980-81 to the 1984-85 TV seasons.
It premiered April 2, 1978, chronicling the doings and
misdeeds of the oil-rich Ewing clan on the Southfork Ranch.
SoapNet -- which also holds rights to Dallas spinoff Knots Landing and imitator Dynasty -- plans to strip the series during daytime beginning Sept. 8.
SoapNet began airing former NBC soap Another World July 1 after acquiring the rights to some 9,000 episodes of the long-running series from
Procter & Gamble Co.