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'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.”


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


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

NBC wins premiere week for first time in nine years
‘Dexter’ premiere scores record ratings

Summer 2012: TV's winners and losers


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.


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

'Damages,' 'True Blood,' 'Leverage,' 'Breaking Bad': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s that time of the week again!

I’d romance you into your scoop for the week, but it’s too hot outside. No time for foreplay. Instead, read this and then go get yourself to a pool, stat! And send me a question if you’re so inclined: or @EWSandraG on Twitter.


We’re just a stone’s throw away from the premiere of a brand-spankin’ new season of Damages. [Bells, whistles, excitement] And what better way to celebrate the upcoming July 11 premiere than with fresh scoop from last night’s premiere party. Here are three teases for the fifth and final season: READ FULL STORY

'Dallas,' 'White Collar,' 'The Middle,' 'Grey's Anatomy': Find out what's next in Spoiler Room

I’m baaaaaack!

Yes, my two-week vacation to the motherland (Texas) was just the refresher I was hoping for before getting into the thick of all the exciting things happening here at EW this summer — like set visits, Comic-Con, general tomfoolery. My highlights? Reigning supreme in my very first Penny Can tournament, cuddling puppies, and getting my mother addicted to The Vampire Diaries. (“Awww! He met her first!” — mom, re: the finale). But now it’s back to work! So enjoy the return of Spoiler Room.

And in case you’ve forgotten: Submit your TV queries to or via Twitter (@EWSandraG). READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Larry Hagman's crazy eyebrows on 'Dallas.' Plus: 'True Blood' and 'Bunheads' premieres

Image Credit: Zade Rosenthal/TNT

There were twists and turns aplenty on the premiere of TNT’s Dallas reincarnation this week, but the most shocking thing of all may have been the feisty and fascinating eyebrows of one Larry Hagman. That’s right, J.R. is back and you can’t take your eyes off of him…mostly because you’re wondering if those eyebrows are going to reach out through the television screen and strangle you to death. On this week’s edition of the InsideTV Podcast, Ken Tucker, Jessica Shaw, and I head to Southfork Ranch to break down the new Dallas. How are the returning old-timers (J.R., Bobby, Sue Ellen)? Which newcomer steals the show? And is the new incarnation worthy of a DVR season pass? (The Dallas discussion begins at 11:00.)

We also take a look at two other premieres from this week: the season 5 kick-off of True Blood and Amy Sherman-Palladino’s return to television with Bunheads. On True Blood, are Eric and Bill more intriguing as friends or foes? How do we feel about Tara as a vampire? And why are we loving the new vamptastic Rev. Newlin?

As for Bunheads, is Sherman-Palladino’s new show a return to the glory of Gilmore Girls or the horror of The Return of Jezebel James? How does two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster do in her first leading TV role? And does Grey’s Anatomy exec producer Shonda Rhimes have a point when she tweets about the lack of diversity on the ABC Family dramedy? (The Bunheads talk starts at 17:07.) READ FULL STORY

New 'Dallas' cast spills on 'awkward' ritual with Larry Hagman that broke the ice

Dallas star Larry Hagman is well-known for being a colorful character even when not gracing the small screen  — and apparently even his new co-stars on the TNT drama, which returns to TV tonight, aren’t safe from his antics. In fact, when the young cast of the returning drama (including Jordana Brewster, Jesse Metcalfe, Julie Gonzalo, and Josh Henderson) first met the veteran actor and his fellow Dallas alums, they found themselves in the thick of a pretty weird situation.

“Larry really broke the ice,” says Metcalfe, formerly of Desperate Housewives fame. “He did some crazy ritual with us where we did this breathing thing [at sunset]. I don’t know, it was pretty awkward.” But the sunset ceremony (complete with humming and hand-holding), strange as it was, bonded them “from that moment on,” says Gonzalo. “Everything just went out the window, and we felt really comfortable with each other,” she adds.

And comfort is essential when it comes time to do stunts and physical scenes, says Metcalfe, who has had longtime friendship with co-star Henderson, who plays his cousin and rival John Ross Ewing. (Click here for more on the family connections and new faces.) “We have a personal history that we bring to bear on the characters and on that storyline. But we also have a comfort level between us that [enables us to] really go there and try to make the story as edgy as possible,” Metcalfe says.

Click the video below for more from Brewster, Metcalfe, and Gonzalo, including dish on who got slapped on set and what scene from the pilot left one actor needing an ice pack! (Henderson missed the video portion of the interview, but he’ll dish some scoop in Friday’s Spoiler Room.)


'Dallas': A Ewing family primer -- VIDEO

Bobby, J.R., Sue Ellen, the Ewings, the Barnes — these names bring back memories for anyone who owned a TV from 1978 to 1991, but for younger viewers planning to watch TNT’s continuation of the series, which premieres Wednesday, June 13, a little catch-up is in order.

In the video below, viewers can review their Dallas trivia, as Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing), Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing) and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing) — who are reprising their roles — guide newcomers through the Ewing and Barnes family trees. Get a glimpse of Southfork Ranch as you remember it and on camera again for the new show, and also get introduced to the next generation of Ewings, including John Ross (Josh Henderson), who takes after his oil baron father in more than one way, and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), who stirs up conflict on the series by becoming a player in alternative energy.

As John Ross says in the video, “Life always seems more complicated than you thought it would be, especially in this family.” So get ready to dive into this complex family history. READ FULL STORY


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