‘Dallas’: Who Shot J.R. — The Sequel

Imagine the last words of J.R. Ewing, one of television’s smartest, wittiest, most memorable characters of all time. Imagine if you had to craft his final scene from leftover footage and looped dialogue after Larry Hagman’s  sudden death. That’s the task the writers of “Dallas” faced in this week’s episode, “The Furious and the Fast.” […]

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‘Dallas’: Texas Justice Takes Its Toll

If you are guilty of a crime, and you confess to committing said crime, you will be convicted. Not even the wit and wisdom of J.R. will be able to save you. That’s the lesson of this week’s “Dallas“, “Trial and Error.” With the focus on Ann’s (Brenda Strong) trial for shooting Harris (Mitch Pileggi), […]

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‘Dallas’: The Most Freudian Hour of Television. Ever.

This week’s episode of “Dallas,” “False Confessions,” managed to make the Ewings look like the Huxtables. Compared to the Rylands and the Barnes, they are downright functional. With the exception of Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) being conned into marrying a woman who was technically his cousin, but was not a biological relative, none of them harbor […]

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‘Dallas’ Season 2 Premiere: The Bittersweet Wit and Wisdom of J.R., Passing the Torch From Father to Son

The death of Larry Hagman hangs over this season of “Dallas“, to paraphrase a quip from the premiere, like mistletoe. Before the episode starts, the cast appears as themselves to acknowledge that this will be both a bittersweet viewing experience and exactly the way Hagman would want to be remembered. So let’s all drink a […]

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Patrick Duffy, Josh Henderson and Larry Hagman in the second season of "Dallas" (TNT)

‘Dallas’: How Will Bobby and John Ross Cope with J.R.’s Death?

John Ross (Josh Henderson) uses a sex tape to force someone to make a deal; Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) continues her run for Governor; Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) tries to get his marriage to Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo) annulled; J.R. (Larry Hagman) conspires with his son to take over Ewing Energies; and Ann (Brenda Strong) gets shocking […]

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Larry Hagman in Season 2 of "Dallas" (Skip Bolen/TNT)

‘Dallas’ Tackles ‘Who Killed J.R.’ as Season 2 Deals with Larry Hagman’s Death

The untimely death of Larry Hagman in November, halfway through the filming of the second season of the new “Dallas,” has inspired a storyline for the TNT series based on the most-talked-about cliffhanger from the original series, “Who Shot J.R.?” DVR “Dallas” It was the shot heard around the world in 1980 as “Dallas” fans […]

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