TNT Will Lay Hagman's 'J.R. Ewing' to Rest on Upcoming DALLAS Episode
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TVLine reports that TNT plans to lay the iconic DALLAS patriarch J.R. Ewing to rest on an upcoming episode of the series. The news comes three weeks after actor Larry Hagman, who portrayed Ewing on the show, passed away from cancer at the age of 81.
According to the report, the funeral will take place on the eighth episode of the upcoming season, scheduled to air on March 11, 2013. The actor had filmed several episodes of the show prior to his unexpected death last month. The special episode will reportedly feature, "a number of returning Dallas vets, including several that have not yet been seen on the TNT version."
At the time of his death CBS, the network which aired the original Dallas series, released a statement saying: "Television has seen many stars, but there will only be one Larry Hagman. Larry was a larger-than-life personality, both on-screen and off -- a master showman and brilliant actor who brought to life a character that transcended the medium and truly captivated a nation. Today, we mourn the loss of a friend, but remember a man who brought true greatness to his craft and a television character in J.R. Ewing that will never be forgotten."
Son of Broadway's Mary Martin, Hagman graced the Broadway stage throughout the late '50s and early '60s in The Beauty in Part, The Warm Peninsula, The Nervous Set, God and Kate Murphy and Comes a Day.
Hagman rose to fame with his conniving portrayal on CBS' "Dallas" from 1978 to 1991. Despite a recent battle with cancer, Hagman had returned to the show to film the first—and part of the second—season of TNT's reboot. On television, Hagman also appeared as 'Major Anthony Nelson' on ABC's "I Dream Of Jeannie".
TNT's second season of DALLAS is set to premiere on January 28.