How Will Larry Hagman’s Death Affect TNT’s ‘Dallas’?
When he died on Friday afternoon, Dallas veteran Larry Hagman had already filmed six of the 15 episodes of the TNT drama's upcoming second season, due to launch on Jan. 28.
The reboot of the legendary series will now have to adjust its storylines to account for the absence of one of television's most beloved characters, villainous oilman J.R. Ewing.
"As of now, things are fluid and it is unclear how his passing will affect the production on the show, which was scheduled to resume following the Thanksgiving break," reports Deadline Hollywood.
"Extending the hiatus or scheduling one in the near future is a possibility so the writers can rework the scripts for the remaining episodes without Hagman and, more importantly, create a proper sendoff for J.R.. The larger-than-life character was already at the heart of one of the most famous episodes of television as the November 1980 Dallas episode that resolved the series’ “Who shot J.R.?” cliffhanger remains the second most watched telecasts of all time. J.R.’s farewell episode on the new Dallas will likely attract legions of fans of the iconic character."Celebuzz previously reported, Hagman died -- at age 81 -- with co-stars Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy at his bedside at a Dallas hospital.
In a statement, the actor's family said: “Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most. Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time.”
At the time, he said: “As J.R. I could get away with anything — bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer. I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series. I could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love.”said in a joint statement hours after Hagman's death.
"He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the Dallas family is deeply saddened by Larry's passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time."
Said TNT: "All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman's passing. 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."
Before his death, Hagman talked about reprising his beloved character, J.R. Ewing.