Despite Barbara Eden always being great as Jeannie, people generally just didn’t like this movie. It’s the kind of thing you might want to watch if you’re a fan of the show (which ended twenty years prior to this, remember), but if you aren’t, you really had no reason to tune in. It comes in at a whopping five point three stars on IMDb.
The film aired on October 20th, 1991, which was exactly six years after the broadcast of “I Dream of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later.” NBC originally commissioned the film to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the original television series. Even Bill Daily, the only other original cast member to show up, said he disliked the reunion movies since he thought the scripts were weak, and neither of them had Larry Hagman.
A Little Bit of a Boost
Her time on “Dallas” ended up revitalizing Eden’s career a little bit. After “Dallas” was done, Eden starred in the play “Same Time, Next Year” as the character Doris. 1991 also saw her release a trio of television movies. Two of them are not all that important. They were “Her Wicked Ways” and “Hell Hath No Fury.” The first deals with Eden as a TV reporter and White House correspondent who has to deal with the secrets of a young woman who is a little too obsessed with her.
The second has Eden as a housewife who is accused of killing her husband while being terrorized by the woman who was actually responsible. The third of three, however, was “I Still Dream of Jeannie,” the second of two reunion movies from the famous series.
Third Time’s the Charm
Barbara Eden and Bill Daily were the only two regular cast members who came back for this second TV movie. Larry Hagman was unable to join, thanks to finally completing Dallas and wanting to relax for a bit (We also heard that he had issues with the script). While the character Tony Nelson is mentioned in the film, and he briefly appears in the animated opening sequence, he doesn’t appear for the rest of it.
His character’s spot was taken by someone played by Ken Kercheval, who ironically played a competitor of J.R. Ewing on “Dallas.” It is, even for “I Dream of Jeannie,” kind of a goofy story, with Tony Nelson on a top-secret space mission. Jeannie and TJ have to break into NASA to find out more.
Taking the World by Storm
Eden wasn’t about to let the poor reception to “I Still Dream of Jeannie” slow her down. Her next big project was joining none other than Don Knotts on an eleven-city national tour as part of the play “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” in 1993. For the rest of the nineties, Eden was also in the stage plays “Nite Club Confidential” in 1995, which is a musical that debuted off-Broadway in 1984 and which regularly received negative reviews, and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”
The latter was a classic bit of Broadway that has come and gone a number of times, and Eden was part of the 1998 production that didn’t make very much press. Eden has spent a lot of time on the stage, and she seemed to enjoy it, but it was never a big part of her career.
The Rest of the Nineties
Now past the sixty-year mark and still looking great, Barb was taking things a bit slower again. She didn’t show up on television screens after her time in Dallas (other than reruns). She had a trio of television films to pad her resume. The first two were “Visions of Murder” and its sequel, “Eyes of Terror.” Eden plays Dr. Jesse Newman, a San Francisco psychologist who is caught in a web of suspicion and intrigue when she starts to experience paranormal visions. Newman becomes a prime suspect in a murder.
The sequel does more or less the same thing, with Newman now looking into the city’s elite. Both of the films were part of NBC’s Friday night movie series, with the first being “NBC Friday Night at the Movies” and the second being “Friday Night Mysteries.”