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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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Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

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

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

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

KateK
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KateK

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.

Mary Anne Robertson
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Mary Anne Robertson

I think that is a BRILLIANT idea 🙂

Lin
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Lin

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.

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

No one said JR would die by gunshot.

Robert
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Robert

No way, a murder mystery is fitting for JR!

Jennifer Janeiro
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Jennifer Janeiro

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

James McDonald
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James McDonald

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… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

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….

west vorgina fan
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west vorgina fan

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”

DougS
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DougS

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… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

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.

toscanti
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toscanti

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

SZima
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SZima

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

Robert
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Robert

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

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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… Read more »

Joyce
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Joyce

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 Hagman..rest in peace..

Dmitri
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Dmitri

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

Karen
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Karen

I think its a great way to show tribute.

Margot
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Margot

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

Joy
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Joy

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..

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Bradford Anderson, Melissa Fumero & Juan Pablo Di Pace To Appear In Virtual ‘Ballots Over Broadway’

Some of your favorites who have been in both daytime and primetime soaps will be participating in this Friday August 7th’s virtual event, “Ballot Over Broadway” to benefit Higher Heights for America and Field Team 6.

Look for General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), and former Dallas and Fuller House star, Juan Pablo Di Pace (Ex-Nicolas Trevino, Dallas) to join the likes of Laura Benanti, Andre De Shields and so many more from Broadway, TV and Film in an intimate evening songs.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and former One Life to Live star, Melissa Fumero (Amy and Ex-Adriana, respectively), will be speaking during the event.

Field Team 6 is a national volunteer army with a simple mission: Register Democrats. Save the world. By targeting places that need Democrats most, we aim to take the White House, flip the Senate, and expand our House majority.

Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies.

The event kicks-off at 8PM PST/11 PM EST and to be able to view make sure to get your tickets or to donate by going to this link here.

So might you join the virtual event and watch Bradford, Melissa and Juan Pablo? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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DALLAS Online Reunion Coming With Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and More

Time to revisit Southfork during the coronavirus pandemic, with news on Friday that some of the cast from the original CBS primetime soap, Dallas will be participating in an online virtual chat next week!

According to Deadline, confirmed thus far are: Patrick Duffy (Ex-Bobby), Linda Gray (Ex-Sue Ellen), Charlene Tilton (Ex-Lucy) and Steve Kanaly (Ex-Ray).

They will all be part of the conversation on Friday, April 24th beginning at 8 p. m. EST.  The stars are taking part in the Stars in the House livestream series to raise money for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who have been bantering with cast members of several former and beloved shows, you can watch the virtual chat up on the Stars in the House website and on YouTube.

Since the first Stars in the House episode on March 16, the series has raised approximately $209,600 to benefit The Actors Fund.

So, will you be checking out the Dallas reunion next Friday? Comment below.

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