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'Dallas' EP Cynthia Cidre teases a big moment for John Ross and Pamela

There are only four episodes left in season 2 of Dallas, with two episodes airing at 8 p.m. ET tonight and two more airing next Monday. “As we get closer to the end, all those balls that we’ve had in the air have to land,” executive producer Cynthia Cidre tells EW. “So there’s a lot of revelations amongst these last four episodes. It’s just non-stop.” In fact, watching the first hour of next week’s season finale, “I told the editor, ‘Give me a moment. Let me go get some water,’ because it’s all paying off,” she says. “Even for me, it’s great fun to watch.”
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'Dallas' opening credits honor Larry Hagman and J.R. Ewing -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Dallas‘ iconic theme song will sound a little different tonight as the TNT series says goodbye to J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) with a memorial and funeral. Watch the revised opening credits below, and make sure you have a tissue handy. Exec producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael R. Robin spoke to EW.com about honoring Hagman, the wonderful last image of him captured on film, and how they orchestrated J.R.’s final act. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas' marathon prepares you for next week's 'end of J.R. Ewing'

As the promo for Larry Hagman’s final episode on March 4 promises: “All his schemes, all his double-crossing, all his deceptions, lead to the moment you can’t miss — the end of J.R. Ewing.”

If you haven’t been watching the TNT reboot (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET), you can catch up with a marathon of season 2′s first six episode now on the show’s site and through the TNT mobile app. The March 4 episode will be added the day after it airs, as the marathon opportunity continues leading up to the March 11 episode, J.R.’s funeral, which will bring back more faces from the original series. “It will be funny and appropriate to J.R., but it will also be sad because his family loved him,” executive producer Cynthia Cidre told EW. “As do the fans.”

Watch the promo below. If you have been watching the new Dallas, odds are it’ll make you tear up. And possibly eat a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies with milk because a piece of your youth is gone. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas' casts Lee Majors as [spoiler]'s former flame! -- EXCLUSIVE

TNT’s Dallas has snagged itself a Six Million Dollar Man.

EW has learned exclusively that Lee Majors has booked a two-episode guest spot on the second season of TNT’s hit reboot drama. He will play Ken Richards, an old flame of Sue Ellen’s who finds himself crossing paths with her once again for business matters.

Majors, who best known for playing Col. Steve Austin, recently had guest spots on Raising Hope, Grey’s Anatomy and CSI: NY.

Dallas kicked off its second season on Tuesday, with an episode that notched almost 3 million viewers.

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TNT’s ‘Dallas’ cast: Hagman’s death inspired phenomenal episodes

TNT's 'Dallas' cast: Hagman's death inspired phenomenal episodes

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Dallas fans get to see some of Larry Hagman’s final work tonight as he dons his Stetson in the show’s second season premiere. But the TNT drama’s cast say some of the show’s best episodes are yet to come.

Co-stars Jordana Brewster and Jesse Metcalfe say the passing of the longtime Dallas icon last November inspired the show’s writing team to draft some of their strongest hours. The writers had to scramble to rewrite the second half of the season over the show’s winter hiatus with the aim of giving Hagman’s character J.R. Ewing a dramatically fitting send-off.

“Larry’s death was terribly sad and sudden and we’d certainly rather make the show with him than without him,” said Brewster on the red carpet for EW’s annual SAG party in Los Angeles on Saturday. “That said, I think the writers really came up with a brilliant way to cope with the loss. It could have ruined the show and derailed everyone but instead they made the best of it and actually came up with some really great stuff. It sets a lot of things in motion. We owe it to Larry to make the best show we possibly can. The last two scripts we have done since we came back have been phenomenal.” READ FULL STORY

'Dallas': 'This is the house that Hagman built,' says Patrick Duffy on plans to honor TV giant

At the time of Larry Hagman’s unexpected death on November 23, the Dallas team had five episodes of their sophomore season in the can that feature everybody’s favorite scamp J.R. Ewing. So after that most terrible surprise, executive producer Cynthia Cidre was tasked not just with mourning the loss of a television giant and friend, but also dramatically changing course on the fly. She had at her disposal an extra scene shot of Hagman that had been cut from an earlier episode and will now be inserted in episode 6. And then over three days she hand wrote episode 7, which will start exploring J.R.’s absence. “I never cried when I was writing,” says Cidre. “But the next day I started to type, and I started crying so hard I couldn’t even see the computer screen.”

The eighth episode of the season, slated to air March 11, will pay tribute to Hagman with a funeral episode for J.R. Joining the Ewing clan will be plenty of familiar faces from the original Dallas who will help honor an unforgettable man. “It will be funny and appropriate to J.R., but it will also be sad because his family loved him,” says Cidre. “As do the fans.”

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Best of 2012: The EW TV awards

It’s time for the year end accolades. Check out EW’s awards for the best in TV below!

Best Accessory
Olivia Pope’s trench coat on Scandal

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Larry Hagman to appear posthumously on CBS reality show 'I Get That A Lot'

Dallas star Larry Hagman, who died in November, will appear on CBS’ reality special I Get That a Lot. The actor filmed his segment — in which he masquerades as a Costco employee shilling free samples of barbeque sauce — in September. Hagman “was a prankster at heart,” I Get That A Lot executive producer Eric Schotz said in a statement, adding that “the fans’ reactions when they found out it was him are priceless.”

Cheech Marin (who plays a guy behind the counter at a party store), Jane Seymour (inept home goods store employee), Jeff Gordon (automotive supplies salesman), Bruce Jenner (high-end shoe salesman), and Phil Keoghan (outdoor apparel salesman) also appear in the special, which airs Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Best of 2012: Did that really just happen? TV plot twists

Deaths, daddy issues, and a “Did she just do that?!” moment. These five single moments had lasting effects on their shows — and their shocked viewers. READ FULL STORY

Celebs react to death of Larry Hagman on Twitter

Hollywood took to Twitter to mourn the passing of Dallas star Larry Hagman. Below, former costars, fans and contemporaries pay tribute to the actor whose larger-than-life performance as J.R. Ewing set a standard for TV villains that arguably has never been matched.  READ FULL STORY

TNT announces return dates for 'Dallas,' 'Southland,' more

Are you ready to go back to Southfork?

TNT has announced that Dallas will return for a second season Jan. 28, and also announced the premiere dates for a handful other shows, including Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage, and two new shows — Monday Mornings, a drama from David E. Kelley about a group of Portland doctors, and Boston’s Finest, an unscripted series from executive producer Donnie Wahlberg.

See the full list of premiere dates below.

Rizzoli & Isles (winter premiere) Nov. 27
Leverage (winter premiere) Nov. 27
Dallas (season 2), Jan. 28
Monday Mornings (series premiere), Feb. 4
Southland (season 5), Feb. 13
Boston’s Finest (series premiere), Feb. 27

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Summer 2012: TV's winners and losers

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Yeah, NBC, for those great Olympic ratings! Boo, NBC, for those dreadful time delays!

We realize summer isn’t officially over yet, but the dog days have already produced some incredible highs — and some spectacular lows. Here are our top winners and losers for the summer of 2012.

WINNERS

1. Dallas. Reboots are always a risky business but TNT successfully demonstrated that you can go back again to South Fork, even if Larry Hagman hasn’t trimmed his eyebrows since the Texas Oil Boom.

'Dallas': Larry Hagman and the show's head of makeup explain those eyebrows

Since the premiere of TNT’s Dallas, viewers have been in awe of two things: How much they’re enjoying the reboot and how gloriously out of control Larry Hagman’s eyebrows are. For EW’s cover story, writer Karen Valby spoke to Hagman about his now signature look. “Before,” he says of his first time around on Dallas, “they were always using mustache wax to keep them down and tame. And I thought well I’m an older person now, and I can do whatever I damn well want to. So just let ‘em grow out and become wild.” He considers the brows a character enhancement. “I carry a tiny little wire, a battery-operated electric shock that makes them stand up and vibrate when I get angry,” he jokes. We spoke with the show’s head of makeup, Lynn Barber, to get the full story behind their awesomeness. READ FULL STORY

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