Five stories that have North Texas talking: Season three of the “Dallas” reboot starts tonight; did you catch Vanilla Ice over the weekend?; Rick Perry isn’t ruling out a 2016 presidential bid; and more.
- The third season of “Dallas” debuts tonight at 8 on TNT – so will it be any good? Yes, say several critics. TV Guide explains it this way: “TNT’s Dallas reboot is looking more than ever the way the show did in its ’80s heyday.” “I think this is a sexier, more fun season than we’ve had before,” executive producer Cynthia Cidre told TV Guide. “There are lots of references to the old show in a really fun way.” Most of the Ewings are living at Southfork Ranch and Sue Ellen turns to drinking – yet again. Josh Henderson (who plays John Ross Ewing – the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen) promises in a promotional video: “Things will be rocky. … A ‘Dallas’ season on steroids.” Linda Gray (who plays Sue Ellen) says: “Fasten your seatbelts.” Remember when the stars were filming the current season last fall? Learn about “Dallas” on TNT’s website. Or catch up on the show via the ‘Dallas’ Facebook page. And if you can’t wait until tonight, here’s an extended trailer:
- Dallas’ very own Vanilla Ice showed up at a 1980s-theme party at Gilley’s on Saturday. Were you there? He appeared with other one-hit wonders and four folks dressed up as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Dallas Morning News reports: “[About] 1,000 or so people seemed to be having a grand time reliving the ‘80s on Saturday night. Between acts, party-goers happily milled around Gilley’s side rooms, playing free Atari and Ms. Pac Man games and getting their picture taken next to the Ninja Turtles or a replica of the time-traveling DeLorean car from Back to the Future. A swimsuit-clad female Baywatch ringer walked around giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to male admirers.” Vanilla Ice performed “Ice, Ice Baby,” of course. “[He] gave a shout out to Baylor Medical Center, where he was born, and talked about his old stomping grounds of Flower Mound and Carrollton,” The News reported. “There’s no shame in my game,” Ice said.
- A four-part series that explores how Dallas design has evolved over the years launches tonight. The 6:30 p.m. session at the Dallas Center for Architecture focuses on the 1960s has been organized by AIA Dallas, the Dallas Center for Architecture and UT-Arlington’s David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture. The Dallas Center for Architecture’s website states: “The assassination of John F. Kennedy signaled a shift in the city and prompted Mayor Erik Jonsson to develop Goals for Dallas, a roadmap which guided the city’s growth for several decades. At the same time, suburban growth and retail developments like NorthPark Center signaled a continuing shift away from a downtown-centric metropolitan area.” The event costs $20. Register here.
- About 2 percent of Texans have cast ballots so far for the March 4 primary election. Early voting ends Friday – if you head to the polls, make sure you bring a photo ID. “In the state’s largest counties, more Republicans have voted than their Democratic counterparts, except for in Cameron, El Paso, Hidalgo and Travis counties, according to voting data provided by the Texas Secretary of State’s Office,” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
- Gov. Rick Perry isn’t ruling out a presidential run in 2016. The Hill reports: “On CNN’s ‘State of the Union,’ host Candy Crowley asked several governors whether they would rule out running for the White House. Perry was short and definitive in his answer. ‘No,’ Perry said.” Other governors had pretty much ruled it out – for now. The governors of Indiana, Missouri and Connecticut say they’re focused on running their respective states. Perry isn’t running again for governor – frontrunners for the fall election include Greg Abbott, the likely Republican candidate, vs. Wendy Davis, the leading Democratic candidate. Meanwhile, Perry is scheduled to visit Iowa later this week, The Des Moines Register reports.