November 26th, 2012
03:18 PM ET
Following the passing of "Dallas" star Larry Hagman on Friday, TNT is now reportedly figuring out how to move forward.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, producers on the rebooted series - which was a must-watch during its '80s heyday - are now thinking of ways to properly say farewell to Hagman and his iconic Texas oil villain, J.R. Ewing.
Hagman, who died of complications from cancer, had returned with his fellow original "Dallas" stars Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray for the new "Dallas" in June 2012. The soapy drama was picked up for another season, which is expected to bow on TNT January 28. (TNT, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner.)
As of Saturday, it wasn't known how Hagman's death would impact production, but it wasn't expected to have an effect on the premiere.
Before his passing at the age of 81, Hagman had wrapped a reported six out of 15 episodes, and Entertainment Weekly reports that his passing will be worked into the show's storyline.
"All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman’s passing," the network said Saturday. "He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor. We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."
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