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Dallas's emotional farewell to Larry Hagman airs in the UK next week on Channel 5.
The funeral for Jr Ewing will be the centrepiece for the second season's eighth episode, 'Jr's Masterpiece'. Jr was shot by a mystery killer in the previous episode, a nod to the famous 'Who shot Jr?' storyline from the 1980s incarnation of the show.
Following the death of Hagman at the end of 2012, producers and writers created a tribute to Hagman with the funeral episode.
The instalment features guest appearances from Ted Shackelford as Gary Ewing, Charlene Tilton as Lucy Ewing Cooper, Cathy Podewell as Cally Harper Ewing, Deborah Shelton as Mandy Winger and Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs.
The rest of season two will centre around the new 'Who shot Jr?' mystery.
Dallas exec Cynthia Cidre »
In many ways, Larry Hagman‘s final appearance on TNT’s Dallas… wasn’t.
Though the beloved actor had three scenes in last week’s episode — culminating with the moment in which J.R. was shot by an unseen assailant — each of those sequences was fashioned from preexisting footage and dialogue, as producers scrambled to reconfigure Season 2 in the wake of Hagman’s passing. Reflecting on the process, executive producer Cynthia Cidre tells TVLine, “‘Crafty’ is a good description” for what they pulled off.
But well before that bit of FX magic came into play, the Dallas brass needed to figure out how J. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
New York — Who killed J.R.?
That's the mystery propelling "Dallas" through the rest of its second season as a TNT revival.
And that question hangs heavy in the upcoming episode (airing Monday at 9 p.m. Edt), which confirms the sad truth every viewer knew was coming: glorious scoundrel J.R. Ewing has died, after decades of living-on-the-edge infamy dating back at least to 1980, when he was gunned down in his office and left for dead, with "Who shot J.R.?" the question on every viewer's lips for months afterward.
J.R.'s fate was sealed this time by the intrusion of reality. In November, Larry Hagman died of cancer at 81. And when he died, he took J.R. with him.
So the new episode – surely the first without Hagman's deliciously vile presence – stands as a fitting tribute both to him and to J.R., complete with a wake and »
The "Dallas" goodbye to J.R. Ewing is nearly complete.
Tuesday (Jan. 22) marks the end of filming the pivotal chapter that bids farewell to the iconic character and the actor who played him -- the late Larry Hagman -- as Season 2 of the serial's TNT reboot nears its premiere Monday, Jan. 28. Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, who are reprising their Bobby and Sue Ellen roles in the new version, naturally have big roles in the story ... but other past staples of "Dallas" also are present.
"We just did a memorial scene at the Petroleum Club," executive producer Cynthia Cidre tells Zap2it of the episode expected to be televised in early March. "That's the more rollicking part, where people are telling funny stories about J.R. Right now, we're shooting the funeral, which is private for family only. He's being buried at Southfork, so Ray and Gary and Lucy (again »
Two months after Larry Hagman's November 23 death, the Dallas cast past and present has assembled at the city's swanky Petroleum Club to shoot an epic, drama-filled memorial for his legendary J.R. Ewing. Among the mourners who have returned to pay their respects — or disrespects — are Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), Gary and Lucy Ewing (Ted Shackelford and Charlene Tilton), Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly), Mandy Winger (Deborah Shelton) and Cally Harper Ewing (Cathy Podewell). On set, the late actor's spirit is still very much alive. Each morning when he passes Hagman's trailer, Patrick Duffy, who plays Bobby Ewing, knocks on his friend's door. "Not like I'm expecting him to say, 'Come in,'" Duffy says. "But just to say to Larry, 'I'm still here, pal.'" And if you believe some of Hagman's costars, he's been knocking right back.
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- William Keck
Two former Dallas stars will return to the series for Jr Ewing's funeral. Ruthless oil tycoon Jr will be written out of the revamped soap following the death of actor Larry Hagman, who had played the character since 1978. Deborah Shelton - who played Jr's mistress Mandy Winger on the original Dallas between 1984 and 1987 - will make a brief appearance in the funeral episode, TV Guide reports. Cathy Podewell - who played Jr's second wife Cally Ewing from 1988 to 1991 - will also feature, alongside previously confirmed returnees Ted Shackelford (Gary Ewing), Steve Kanaly (Ray (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
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