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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As the one poster stated, "Dallas will rise again"........I totally believe that, too. I am a longtime Dallas fan back from when it all first began and even though JR was a huge part of the show back then, he was not seen on this one all that much and yet it had still blown away the ratings. I think that John Ross will turn out to be a chip off the old block alright and we shall have us a new JR to love/hate for hopefully, many, many seasons to come. Long live Dallas!!!
A legend gone what can be said about a legend. He will be forever missed & my thoughts & prayers are with the family at this devastating time. Long lived a king. Dallas will rise again.
i will terribly missss larry hagman
he waS great
I remember back in the day on Friday night – I wouldn't think about going out until after watching J. R. Ewing! That was the topic of conversation at the L & J Lounge in Havana, FL at the beginning of the night. Thanks for the letting us love to hate you Larry. RIP
I have to say that Larry Hagman played the role of J.R. Ewing to perfection. He WAS J.R., no doubt about that. Larry was and all-around versatile actor, when you compare his J.R. demeanor to that of his other memorable role of Tony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie. He will be sorely missed, that's for sure.
Terrible blow for his fans, and I'm sure the show must have made some preparations for this as everyone knew he was ill and at more than 80 years, feared he could die any minute, which he apparently did. My guess is that they did film some kind of "goodbye JR" episode, should he become too sick to work again or die, to sub for one that has him returning. I don't know, I've not seen this new version so I only know what I have seen in the commercials for it, so I really am not clear how much he was appearing anyway, sick with cancer and very old. RIP Larry.
You may be correct in assuming they had made "contingency plans" for the new Dallas show being that Mr. Hagman's cancer was diagnosed in 2011. Being that his wife had Alzheimers and required 24 hr care, I read he welcomed the opportunity to work again and stay busy. I'm sure he fought this latest health battle just as he did his previous ones, but it was obvious from his appearance towards the end, that he might not survive. I, like so many others who have commented, first watched him as Major Nelson and later as JR. Dallas was mandatory viewing on Friday nights for many years and some of us even hosted "who shot JR" parties to watch the big reveal. Thanks for all the great memories Mr. Hagman!
J.R. Ewing is the best tv villain ever! And all because of Larry Hagman. I enjoyed last years season of the Dallas reboot. Not sure how good it will be without the irreplaceable Larry Hagman as J.R.
Yes. Larry Hagman will be missed. I love the new Dallas as well. I hope they can keep it going. Sad day for Dallas...
Yep. He will always be Major Nelson. Did you know Farrah Fawcett made a cameo appearance on several of the episode. Gosh I Loved I Dream of Jeanie. (Bewitched, The Beverly Hillbillies, etc). That was when TV was watchable.
yet for some reason i always saw Major Anthony Nelson all the time. to this day i thought he was so funny back in the 60's with the roger healy character....larry i will truly miss you. xo
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