On March 4, 2013, Dallas fans once again found themselves asking, “Who shot J.R.?” But this time, they knew he wouldn’t survive. How did exec producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael R. Robin orchestrate J.R. Ewing’s final scene without their beloved star, the late Larry Hagman? How did they decide to alter the show’s iconic theme song for the following episode to honor both the character and the actor? They revealed all to EW.com last winter. Revisit the conversation below.
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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
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
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.”
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.
Patrick Duffy issued a statement Sunday on the death of his longtime co-star and friend Larry Hagman. The two shared the screen as rival Ewing brothers for 14 seasons on the original Dallas, then reunited last year for a new version of the Texas melodrama on cable network TNT.
Duffy said: “Friday I lost one of the greatest friends ever to grace my life. The loneliness is only what is difficult, as Larry’s peace and comfort is always what is important to me, now as when he was here. He was a fighter in the gentlest way, against his obstacles and for his friends. I wear his friendship with honor.”
Hagman died Friday afternoon in a Dallas hospital after a struggle with cancer. The actor’s other co-stars, such as Barbara Eden and Jesse Metcalfe, previously weighed in on Twitter and elsewhere. Hagman completed filming several new episodes of TNT’s Dallas, and the show’s writers plan to address the actor’s death in the upcoming second season. — Karen Valby contributed to this report
With actor Larry Hagman’s passing on Friday, TNT’s newly revived version of Dallas is planning some adjustments to its second season.
Hagman had continued working on the show even after his announcement last October that he was diagnosed with cancer. In fact, he was scheduled to appear on set this week. Sources say he completed filming “a number of episodes” and will appear in season two of the series, though it’s unclear if the actor had a reduced work schedule compared to season one to accommodate his illness.
His passing will also be incorporated into the show. Sources say the show’s writers and producers plan to start working on a way to give the character “the proper sendoff that he deserves.” Dallas season two, which will have 15 episodes, is currently scheduled to premiere on Jan. 28, which should give the production time to make creative adjustments. The first season averaged 6.1 million viewers Live + 7 per week.
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