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DALLAS Reveals How Larry Hagman's J.R.Ewing Will Leave The Canvas!

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Once the beloved television icon Larry Hagman passed away back in November, the Dallas creative team was trying to decide how they were going to deal with the loss on-air of Hagman, and soaps number one all-time villain, J.R. Ewing!

While it has been announced that a momentous memorial service would play out on air, bringing many long time Dallas favorites and special guests back to the second season event, it was not yet  announced or determined how J.R. would be written-off.  However that all changed today, when according to TV Guide, part of this mystery has been solved, and well, the other part you will just have to see unfold as season two plays out with the aftermath of J.R leaving the canvas, which will have a huge impact on everyone and probably will put someone in the slammer!

SPOILER ALERT: According to TVG, that after Hagman’s passing: “Dallas executive producer Cynthia Cidre and the show’s writing staff went into overdrive reworking the second half of the season  The result: a multi-episode “Who Killed J.R.?” mystery that Cidre hopes will rival 1980’s wildly popular “Who Shot J.R.?” storyline.”

Cidre discussed the decision relating, “We all felt having J.R. die of natural causes would have been completely inappropriate, not only to the character, but also to Larry Hagman.”  Cidre also got story approval for their decision to “kill-off” J.R from Hagman’s long time friend, Patrick Duffy (Bobby) as well as Hagman’s son, Preston.

Don’t forget to circle your soap calendars that the new season of Dallas premieres next Monday night, January 28th at 9EST/8CST on TNT!

So soapers what do you think about another whodunit to honor the legacy of Hagman and J.R.? Let us know!

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Larry would probably love the idea that someone killed him. He loved drama!

great, looks like a good storyline to honor Mr. Hagman.

I like the idea. I know that Ted Shackelford was brought on before Hagmans death for a few episodes, I hope he sticks around for good. He’s great on Y&R, but not used nearly enough.

I think that is a BRILLIANT idea 🙂

I personally do think JR should have died of natural causes. there is too much gun violence i the news- much more so than when the Who Shot JR season was on. It’s just too much now. Larry Hagman did not look well at the end of the season and it would not be unusual for JR to have died. This is just my opinion- I will be loyal to this show.

No one said JR would die by gunshot.

No way, a murder mystery is fitting for JR!

So glad Dallas is back and I think this is a great way to send JR off. RIP Mr. Haggman.

That is a very smart creative writing idea. Very appropriate for this new DALLAS tv series and so glad the family of Larry Hagman have given approval. I think Larry would have liked it too. I’m surprised Mr. Hagman didn’t bring it up himself during an interview somewhere. I’m sure Mr. Hagman didn’t plan on leaving us so soon, but unfortunately cancer reacts very fast. Sometimes real-life imitates art. I believe the DALLAS team is using their best judgement.
Please don’t give away the mystery and don’t tell who the killer is. Let us enjoy this last Who-done-it with respect to Larry Hagman.

Love it..
One last- who killed JR ..
This time I hope the mystery of ”who”, lives on and the mystery is never ending and we all can wonder til the of time as to who killed JR….

JR was a lover as well as a fighter. He should have been seen with a wide variety of his mistresses that evening with no one wanting to admit that they were the one with whom he went on one last ride around the ranch so to speak. A whole new twist to “who” (or with whom he) “done it”

I agree with Lin that J.R. dying a violent death, particularly being shot, might not be the best course of action in this day and age, but it all depends on how well the storyline is executed. So far Cynthia Cidre has done a first-class job of keeping the new Dallas a classy affair, so I have faith she’ll make the right choices. I doubt, however, that a “Who Killed J.R.” story arc will have the same impact that “Who Shot J.R.?” had back in 1980. It was a different world, one in which cliffhanger endings and multi-episode story arcs were something new and exciting in prime-time TV. Not to mention back in 1980 the producers had time to set up J.R.’s shooting. Since Larry Hagman’s passing was so sudden, the actual shooting will have to occur abruptly, and be filmed using a double, or CGI. And I hope Cider will take a lesson from The Sopranos about the pitfalls of resurrecting actors using CGI (just watch Tony’s final confrontation with his overbearing mother Livia, filmed months after actress Nancy Marchand’s passing).

From the sounds of it Shackleford and Van Arc will be around for awhile. Personally, I’d like to see a Knotts Landing reboot, but having Gary and Val back here is a good start.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fantastic! I agree Larry would have loved the drama of a “who-dunnit.”

I love it, perfect end to one of televisions best characters!

The best ending for JR would have been for him to know he was dying, but not tell anyone, then frame Cliff Barnes for murder by staging a fight with on a rooftop and falling off it thereby making it look like Cliff did it. However- since the writers did not have the opportunity to have Larry around to film those scenes, this ending seems the most fitting.
The whole season ending cliffhanger for prime time was invented by Dallas with that classic episode of who shot JR. I think Larry would have loved knowing that even in death JR will impact the lives around him. But his shoes are going to hard to fill because Larry was so perfect for the role it is hard to imagine Dallas without him.

the first “Who shot JR” story-line was legendary…I remember it so well!!! this is only fitting for a timeless character and for Mr. Larry in peace..

Sounds interesting. I’m still really sad about Larry’s death, though.

I think its a great way to show tribute.

I just like this whodunit idea. Just can’ t wait for this.

I can see J.R. killing himself with someone else’s meds….and that “someone else’s” fingerprints all over the pill bottle. Especially if those same fingerprints were on J.R.’s decanter. It’s like ancient Rome, by way of Texas..


Morgan Fairchild, Nicollette Sheridan & Donna Mills Visit ‘Tamron Hall’ to Talk ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’

UPDATED: Monday November 27th, soap opera favorites, Morgan Fairchild (GH, ex-DAYS, DFT, The City, Dallas, Falcon Crest et al), Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing) and Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing) visit with Tamron Hall on her syndicated talk show. (find times in your area here).

The trio is set to give some inside intel to Tamron on their highly-anticipating holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas, set to premiere on Lifetime on Saturday, December 2nd (8pm ET/7Pm CT) and streams next day.

As previously reported, Ladies of the 80’s: A Divas Christmas also stars Linda Gray (Dallas) and Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) and in story, five glamorous ‘80s soap opera stars reunite to share the spotlight to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera.

The producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the whole production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together. Along the way, the divas also discover that the love between them all is still very strong too.

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Ladies of the ‘80s: A Divas Christmas also stars Christopher Atkins, Patrika Darbo (ex-DAYS, B&B, The Bay), Alec Mapa, and Mills’s daughter, Chloe Mills. In addition, the holiday film features a theme song performed by none other than ’80s pop star Tiffany.

Check out the official trailer for ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ starring Donna, Nicollette, Linda, Morgan and Loni below, followed by the Tamron Hall Show segment.

Now let us know, are you looking forward to watching Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Donna Mills, Linda Gray, Nicollette Sheridan, Morgan Fairchild, Loni Anderson to Appear in Lifetime’s 80s and Soap-Themed Holiday Movie

Wowza! Now here’s a line-up of soap opera and primetime favorites all in one movie! Coming up for the holidays, Lifetime has revealed they have an 80s and soap-themed film starring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing, General Hospital), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas), Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing and Dynasty), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest, SFT, DAYS et al) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Filmed earlier in 2023, Ladies of the 80’s is said to follow five soap opera divas (how fun and perfect!), as they reunite to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera!

In story, the producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), who happen to be old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together.  

But wait, there’s more! In addition to the five leading ladies, the cast also includes: Days of our Lives favorite Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy), Alec Mapa, and Donna Mills’ real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, plus 80s heartthrob, Christopher Atkins.

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There is even a Ladies of the 80’s theme song, performed by none other than 80’s pop star, Tiffany!

In a statement on the project, the movie’s EP Larry A. Thompson shared: “The opportunity to bring together Donna, Morgan, Loni, Linda and Nicollette, five powerhouse women into one holiday movie, has been like finding the perfect gift under the Christmas tree.”

The official airdate of the holiday movie will be revealed shortly in the networks’s A Wonderful Lifetime Holiday movie schedule. Deadline first shared the news.

What do you think of this upcoming soap opera-themed movie featuring Donna, Linda, Nicollette, Morgan and Loni? Comment below.

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‘Soap Opera Know-It-All’ Virtual Game Show Debuts

This week, the Michael Fairman Channel dropped the premiere episode of the first-ever virtual soap opera game show, Soap Opera Know-It-All.  

The game features four soap fans from around the country who test their knowledge against each other for prizes and the bragging rights to be the “Ultimate Know-It-All” come seasons end.

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With the coronavirus pandemic still among us and life not fully back to normal, the game show is produced and hosted by Michael Fairman that brought fans from different parts of the country together for the kick-off.  They are: Marni Ockene, Floyd Elwell, Nicholas Hess and Gina Patterson.


The game is played in two rounds, and the players receive points for each correct answer as they choose questions from 2 game board categories which are all soap operas; either primetime or daytime in a ‘Jeopardy’-like format.

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However, come the knock-out round we are left with two players who try to answer the final question from this week’s guest performer, The Young and the Restless‘, Sharon Case (Sharon).  If no one is eliminated, the game goes into “Sudden Death”.

On each new episode, different soap operas will be featured on the game board and/or in different amalgamations, plus you never know just which of your favorite soap stars might pop up!

Check out the premiere of “Soap Opera Know-It-All” below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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