Fans of “Dallas” will be in mourning twice when the series returns for Season 2 in January.
After losing series star Larry Hagman last month, viewers will watch as one of television’s all-time best bad guys is laid to rest when “Dallas” airs the funeral of J.R. Ewing.
The actor’s sudden passing — Hagman died Nov. 23 at age 81 of complications from throat cancer — will be incorporated into the storyline, according to reports.
But it won’t be right away, since Hagman completed filming on several episodes (some reports say as many as six) of the planned 15 episodes of Season 2. What is somewhat unsettling is that those who’ve viewed the first two episodes TNT sent out for review say Hagman doesn’t appear to look ill or close to death, and is in his usual evil-doing spirits.
The loss of Hagman has left the show’s producers with the challenging task of writing off the character — and giving J.R. a worthy send-off.
A number of “Dallas” veterans will be returning (even ones who have yet to appear on the TNT series) to say goodbye to the anchor of the Ewing clan when J.R.’s funeral airs on-screen in episode 8, which is scheduled to air March 11, according to TV Line.
Hagman had played the love-to-hate-villain J.R. Ewing over the span of 35 years, both on the original CBS series (1978-1991), and on TNT’s current revival, which debuted last summer.
Season 2 of “Dallas” premieres Monday, January 28 on TNT.
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