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20 November 24th, 2012 TNT Dallas Producers Are Beginning To Prep Send-Off for Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing!

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The producers of TNT’s Dallas are already at work on how to deal with the death of Larry Hagman on-screen and his iconic character of J.R. Ewing, and just how to give him a proper send-off!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hagman’s death yesterday may have caught the creative team off-guard!  Larry Hagman had already completed filming of six episodes of the 15 ordered for the second season of the soap, and will appear when new episodes kick off Jan. 28.   At the moment there is no timeline on how production of Dallas will be affected by his passing.

On Friday evening, Dallas executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael Robin in a joint statement that Hagman was “a giant, larger-than-life personality” and loved playing “this globally recognized character.”

So here we go again!  Television and the soap genre is losing another legend.  Weigh in on how you think the new Dallas should give a proper farewell to Hagman and good ole’ J.R.!

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  1. Joanne says:

    I wouldn’t venture to guess………what a huge loss………the new Dallas is so good………I can’t imagine how they will write him out……….and it’s ironic that in the show Bobby is the one battling cancer……….it’s very sad. I’m looking forward to the return in January, but Mr. Hagman will definitely be missed, and will leave a large void in this iconic show.

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    SUSAN replied

    AGREE 100% JR IS IRREPLACBLE

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  2. Matthew E. Crowley says:

    I think that JR Ewing has to go out with a bang Like his father befor him kill in a Carsh.

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    Christine replied

    I agree.

    Didn’t Jock die in a plane crash or something? It was so many years ago that I saw that.

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  3. gloria says:

    I burst into tears when I heard this news this morning. Weird, I thought about him last when I could not get to sleep! I don’t know why he was on mind. I watched the very first episode of Dallas in early 1977 when I was in high school & never missed it, not even once. I watched reruns on TNT until I could practically recite the lines with the characters! Also loved Larry on Jeannie. I loved the new Dallas last year & have been counting the days till it comes back. To lose him now, what a loss. So sorry for his family & his dear Dallas friends. That is one thing that I always loved-the relationships he maintained with Linda Gray & Patrick Duffy & others from the show-that they all were really friends & kept in touch & the fact that he died in Dallas with “Sue Ellen” at his side . . .

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    stephie replied

    Very well said, and echoing my thoughts exactly.

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    gloria replied

    Thanks Stephie

    SUSAN replied

    so true my thoughts exactly

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  4. Mary SF says:

    I don’t envy these producers because whatever direction they chose someone, some where will complain it wasn’t done right. But given their faithful take on the old classic I am certain they will weave an ending the will be fitting for JR, and honor Larry at the same time.

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  5. The Professor says:

    Wow! I had no idea. Larry Hagman will never be forgotten. He was defiently one of the true icons in television history. Defiently top ten and may be number one as Drama goes. Dallas was my favorite show of all time and its return to television had been well done.

    What I hope for the future show is two things. 1st, Do not try to replace J.R. Ewing with any other actor (this includes John Ross). J.R. was an original and Dallas was wise enough long ago to not try an replace Jock Ewing. That character’s legacy was felt througout Dallas future seasons even without actor, Jim Davis (Jock). Perhaps, J.R.’s absence can be fuel to unite the Ewing Clan against those outside the family. 2nd, Future conflict can still exist by including J.R.’s other sons who are not on the canvas. Remember James Beaumont (J.R.’s oldest son) and wife Cally who produced another off spring.

    R.I.P. Larry/J.R.

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    SUSAN replied

    AGREE HE NEEDDS the best send off of any icon on tv

    he will be missed and hopefully the new dallas can continue without jr

    but it will be a hard task for the cast and i do love the new show very much

    but the original was the greatest tv soap in its prime because everyone rushed
    home on friday nites to see what “ole jr was up too”

    because back then you could not dvr or tivo for the first few yrs dallas was on
    so if you missed friday nite you missed alot

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  6. eric says:

    i am sure it will be something awesome, just like jocks death was, with a killer will to follow, we will miss you larry!!!!!

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  7. Cole says:

    Between losing Hagman, and Flannery departing B&B, and the passing of the Daytime Icon John Ingle, the genre will never be the same. More tears, more sorrow…where is the light at the end of the tunnel for Daytime and Soap fans in general?

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    Christine replied

    Sadly the light at the end of the tunnel has to come in the form of one of these younger actors knocking the pants off the current generation.

    The “kids” these days do not want to work, but just collect a paycheck. I remember when my husband was working on THE POLAR EXPRESS (starring Tom Hanks). I had lunch with him in the commissary one day at Sony and walked right past Mr. Hanks. He was wearing the motion capture suit and had motion capture sensors ALL OVER his face. He had to be uncomfortable, but you would not know it from his demeanor. He was as nice as could be. Toby Maguire, on the other hand, I heard nothing but complaints from him about having to wear the motion capture sensors for his role as Spider-Man. It was the difference between night and day between these two. I’m glad Sony and he parted ways and they can get someone who actually wants to do the work.

    It is the same with motion pictures. I fear when we lose Clint Eastwood because there are only a handful of actors dedicated to the craft – all aspects – like him and the ones before him. I can only think of a few my age that are potential candidates – Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and possibly Ryan Gosling depending on whether he continues the craft.

    I have to admit it has been a hard week with the losses of actor and character this week. Shoes that can never be filled. :-(

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    SUSAN replied

    i agree larry hagman and clint eastwood are in the same icon status

    SUSAN replied

    cole you are so right on

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  8. Doug says:

    I cannot believe the producers were too surprised. Unlike daytime, an actor of Hagman’s age and health issues would have gone through a physical to be insurance. The writers and producers have done a good job to set up John Ross as the heir apparent who never felt he had his father’s respect. Though it is terrible, there are years of story potential .

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  9. MK says:

    I think the new Dallas made a good impression with John Ross taking the spotlight and JR working behind the scenes. That can still happen (off camera) I think they should keep JR alive Off screen. With JR at near-death multiple times, I doubt anyone would believe it. I also love adding James and Harper (Cally’s son) to the conflict. If Jock and Miss Ellie’s presence can still exist, JR surely can (off screen).

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  10. STEPHANIE O'DANIEL says:

    I think JR should be replaced by another actor. The show would not be the same without a JR person. The series is basically based on the scheming character and how others react to it and how others plan to outwit him, or survive his schemes and machinations. JR’s schemes are the reason why people watch the show. You gotta find a charming, skirt chasing, lying, back stabbing, scheming person to replace Larry Hagman or the show will not be the same. The other actors are important but only if JR sets them up.

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    SUSAN replied

    NO!!! NO!!! NO WAY LARRY HAGMAN AS JR NOT POSSIBLE TO REPLACE
    IT WOULD NOT WORK JUST MY OPINION

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