Once the beloved television icon Larry Hagman passed away back in November, the Dallas creative team was trying to decide how they were going to deal with the loss on-air of Hagman, and soaps number one all-time villain, J.R. Ewing!
While it has been announced that a momentous memorial service would play out on air, bringing many long time Dallas favorites and special guests back to the second season event, it was not yet announced or determined how J.R. would be written-off. However that all changed today, when according to TV Guide, part of this mystery has been solved, and well, the other part you will just have to see unfold as season two plays out with the aftermath of J.R leaving the canvas, which will have a huge impact on everyone and probably will put someone in the slammer!
SPOILER ALERT: According to TVG, that after Hagman’s passing: “Dallas executive producer Cynthia Cidre and the show’s writing staff went into overdrive reworking the second half of the season The result: a multi-episode “Who Killed J.R.?” mystery that Cidre hopes will rival 1980′s wildly popular “Who Shot J.R.?” storyline.”
Cidre discussed the decision relating, “We all felt having J.R. die of natural causes would have been completely inappropriate, not only to the character, but also to Larry Hagman.” Cidre also got story approval for their decision to “kill-off” J.R from Hagman’s long time friend, Patrick Duffy (Bobby) as well as Hagman’s son, Preston.
Don’t forget to circle your soap calendars that the new season of Dallas premieres next Monday night, January 28th at 9EST/8CST on TNT!
So soapers what do you think about another whodunit to honor the legacy of Hagman and J.R.? Let us know!