“The Sweeter Side of Life” Gets Sweet Ratings!

Promotional Photo of James Best & Kathryn Morris in The Sweeter Side of Life

James Best & Kathryn Morris

Good news! Good news! “The Sweeter Side of Life” was seen by nearly 3.1 million unduplicated viewers. “The Sweeter Side of Life” ranked as the #2 rated Prime Time ad-supported cable movie of the DAY, as well as the #3 movie of the WEEK. The Hallmark Channel movie beat theatrical titles such as “Cinderella” (ABC Fam), “Iron Man 2” (FX), “The Book of Eli” (TNT), “Aladdin” (ABC Fam), “Wedding Crashers” (CMDY), “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (TNT) and “Spiderman 3″.

The Bests would like to thank all the fans that helped make this possible.

Dukes of Hazzard Cast Appearances First Quarter 2013

Poster for Cooter's Garage Band

Cooter’s Garage Band

The Dukes of Hazzard cast is as busy as ever. In addition to their various tv and film projects, they will be making several appearances separately and together this year. We’ve compiled a list of cast appearances through the end of March.

Date Cast Member Location
1/11 Tom Wopat The Smith Center/Cabaret Jazz in Las Vegas, NV
1/12 Tom Wopat Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center in Livermore, CA
1/26 Ben Jones & His Garage Band
(Live taping of TV Pilot)
The Yellow Barn in Shenandoah Caverns, VA
2/15 Tom Wopat & John Schneider Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, OK
2/16 Tom Wopat UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond, OK
2/16 & 2/17 Ben Jones Canton Hot Rod Show in Canton, OH
3/1 Tom Wopat & John Schneider Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg, AZ
3/2 Tom Wopat & John Schneider Chandler Center For the Arts in Chandler, AZ
3/8 – 3/10 Dukes Cast Old Middle Georgia Speedway in Byron, GA
3/23 Tom Wopat Palm Springs Art Museum/Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs, CA

James Best in The Sweeter Side of Life

Set your DVRs and VCRs! James Best’s daughter Janeen and son-in-law Michael Damian have written and directed a new movie set to air on the Hallmark Channel January 19th. In it, James Best plays the father of a pampered Manhattan housewife who suddenly finds herself divorced and looking to put her life back together. She gets a job working at her father’s bakery. From the trailer (below), it looks to be a great romantic comedy. Check your local listings for air times! For more information, check out The Sweeter Side of Life Facebook page.

Dukes of Hazzard Cast Birthdays This Month

Photo of Boss HoggEvery year we start the year off with the birthdays of two Dukes of Hazzard cast members, Rick Hurst (January 1st) and Sorrell Booke (January 4th). Hundreds of fans wished Rick a happy birthday online. Though Sorrell is no longer with us fans certainly didn’t forget him or Boss. It was heartening to see fans across the globe still commemorating his birthday on the HazzardNet Facebook page. Ol’ Boss’ birthday generated over 1300 Likes, almost 200 shares, and over 120 comments wishing him a happy birthday. That just goes to prove the Dukes of Hazzard will never die. The cast and characters will live on in our hearts forever.

2012 HazzardNet Christmas Party

Calling all Dukes of Hazzard fans! We’re finalizing the details for our HazzardNet Christmas party this year. We need your input! Swing by this thread in our forums and let us know what dates and times are best for your schedule. The party will take place in our chat room. You will need to be registered in our forums and logged in to participate. It’ll be BYOB, bring your own buttermilk. We’ll see you there!

Cooter’s Been Busy!

Ben Jones has been pretty busy lately. He recently released an album called Southern To The Bone featuring his takes on some classic songs like The Devil Went Down To Georgia, Wabash Cannonball, and Maybelline. Dukes of Hazzard fans can download this album at Amazon. In addition, he has some upcoming events.

  • On November 10th, Ben Jones will be at County Line Raceway Elm City, NC.
  • On November 17th, Ben will be appearing in “Ol’ Diz,” a new Americana musical about baseball great Dizzy Dean at The Theatre At Washington, VA.
  • On December 1st, he’ll be appearing at Musick’s Mountain Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN, with Nathan Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.
  • Then on December 31st, have a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Cooter, the General Lee,  and Cooter’s Garage Band.

For more information, check out Cooter’s website.

Dukes of Hazzard Reunion In Georgia

Dukes of Hazzard fans, mark your calendars for March 8th through March 10th! The Dukes of Hazzard cast will be together again for the Dukes of Hazzard “Reunion in Georgia” Classic Car Show & Music Festival. The Old Middle Georgia Speedway will play host to thousands of Dukes of Hazzard fans as they get together to see John Schneider, Catherine Bach, Tom Wopat, James Best, Sonny Shroyer, Rick Hurst, and Ben Jones, as well as checking out some great cars at the car show, listening to some fantastic music, and participating in tons of great family activities. All the particulars, such as event times, ticket prices, and directions are on the Cooter’s Place website.

Dukes of Hazzard Reunion in Georgia

Dukes of Hazzard Shindig Success!

Dukes of Hazzard "Hazzard Run" PosterThe Dukes of Hazzard Family Reunion in Livingston Parish, LA had 20,000 fans show up on Sept. 29, which exceeded the hoped-for attendance by promoters. The event offered free admission to the public, though nominal autograph fees were charged by Dukes of Hazzard cast members. You can read a local write-up about it in The Daily Reveille. By all accounts thus far from fans, promoters and cast members, the event was a great success, and there is already talk of another Hazzard Family Reunion for 2013.

Meanwhile, Dukes of Hazzard shindigs continue during 2012! Owners of General Lee replicas can join cast member Ben Jones, a/k/a “Cooter Davenport”, for the annual Hazzard Run on Oct. 13 & 14! Rick Hurst, “Deputy Cletus Hogg” will be joining the fun. If you’ve never seen this parade of General Lees roll into town, it’s a sight worth the trip! To register your General Lee for the Hazzard Run, or to obtain spectator info, visit Cooter’s Place.

 

 

Remembering September 11

“The best road to progress is freedom’s road.” – John F. Kennedy

Today we remember the day that changed the world. It changed the course, but let us remember that the road we still drive upon, is freedom’s road.

 

 

Warner Bros. Says Rebel Flag Stays on General Lee

The roof of the General LeeAfter being bombarded by emails, petitions and outcry from fans of “The Dukes of Hazzard”, along with being lambasted by cast member Ben Jones, Warner Bros. provided the following statement to NBC:

‘We were not, and are not, planning to change the design of the General Lee on merchandise. All reports to the contrary have been inaccurate.”

We’re not so sure they were inaccurate. We think WB stepped back after realizing that popular public sentiment stood against them. Whatever the case, the issue is at rest, and the General Lee will keep his full uniform. But the controversy surrounding pop-culture use of the rebel flag will be an ongoing battle.

We’re grateful that Warner Bros. is leaving the flag on the General Lee. We also acknowledge that there’s gonna be somebody out there who thinks the rebel flag shouldn’t be on a toy car.

Yet, if those objectors would simply watch a few episodes of the show, they’d realize there’s no hate in The Dukes of Hazzard. There never was. It promoted values like helping your neighbors, saying grace before a meal, speaking respectfully to your elders, doing your chores, being kind to animals, upholding justice and standing up against corruption.

Not much to protest, is there?

Thank you, Warner Bros., for hearing the fans.