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DALLAS Sets Air Date For J.R. Ewing's Funeral! Proper Send-Off For Icon Larry Hagman On The Way!

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One of the biggest swan songs in television history is now set for March 2013!  The Production team of TNT’s Dallas reboot has revealed to TV Line, that they plan to lay J.R. Ewing to rest in the second season’s eight episode, which is slated to air on March 11th.

This information comes nearly three weeks after the sudden passing of television and Dallas icon, Larry Hagman (J.R.)  Hagman had already completed filming a number of Season 2 episodes prior to his death. Although production was not significantly impacted, producers quickly began crafting a proper sendoff — one that is rumored to feature a number of returning Dallas vets (including several that have not yet been seen on the TNT version.)

We already know that Joan Van Ark (Valene), Ted Shackelford (Gary,) and Charlene Tilton (Lucy) were filming episodes, could they be part of J.R.’s goodbye now?  And, what about the on-going rumors last reported in the U.K. that Victoria Principal is being lured back as Pam, even though the actress has turned down to be part of the reboot previously? Think it could happen now?  Just more rumors? 

How would you have J.R. die on-screen? Natural Causes? Health problem? Murder?  Weigh-in!

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Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson

J.R. finds out he’s dying (offscreen, of course), and decides to push the issue and set up Cliff for the crime!

Rod
Rod

Anything but a murder. Been there done that

Rob
Rob

he should just die in his sleep but then there should be one hell of a reading of the will

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

Totally agree

D Hewitt
D Hewitt

I think that Hagman would have preferred to be murdered on the show. It would be a more dramatic exit.

D Hewitt
D Hewitt

I do know one thing. I’m sure going to miss him.

gloria
gloria

Gosh, you & me both.

MK
MK

I just wish they could let him off-screen still pulling the strings. I hope the conflict lives on. also it is freaky that this happening around the show’s 35th anniversary.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I would like JR to die of natural causes, not a murder. JR would go out on his own terms!

I do not need to have Victoria Principal/Pam return to the reboot. Sooooo much has happened to Bobby Ewing and such. I cannot think that he and others are over her departure. Let Pam rest. There are new stories to tell. And who cannot love Brenda Strong and Ann Ewing? There is so much press about the young guns, but I am pleased to no end about this actor and character and how she is used in the plots.

SUSAN
SUSAN

anyway it is written jr ewing can never be replaced on dallas for he was a true tv icon

who does not ove jr on dallas and major anthony nelson on i dream of jeannie
he also has other roles in which he was outstanding i hope the new dallas
will continue so jr can live on in his son john ross someway but only time will tell

but i will continue to watch the new dallas and watch my dvds of the old one as well
for he will be missed and never replaced in our hearts, rip our beloved “jr”

Robert
Robert

I think a murder would be fitting for one of the greatest characters in television history. Yes it was attempted before, why not make it for real with a good old fashion who-did-it story line. If not, natural causes is fine.

Scott
Scott

No, Victoria Principal and Pam would help with the void and would really be am awesome idea to have her return. Read a suggestion to have Barbara Eden’s LeAnn De La Vega return for the episode. Another great idea!

Mirko di Wallenberg
Mirko di Wallenberg

Let JR be murdered by Sue Ellen or Pam for destroying their lives! BTW I still have to catch up on the new season 1 reboot so I do not know if both ladies still have grudge against JR!

kim
kim

I think Pam and Bobby should be together. Who is this woman he is married to I have nver heard of her. They should at least address the issue of Pam she Christphers mom and pam would not have just walkd out on her son!!! They need to close that chapter or bring her back.

kim
kim

bring pam back!!!!!!

kim
kim

let jr die of natural causes.

justin
justin

JR is such a classical character, and he’s so multi-faceted and complex. He’s so much larger than life. I think the most sensible thing to do is have him die in the most small, unceremonious, and quiet way possible: dies in sleep would probably be best. I also think he should die alone. I like the irony that someone who was guns blazing in secrecy and deception in his life would die by the smallest of things.

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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.

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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.

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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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‘Dallas’ star Ken Kercheval Dead At Age 83

Sad news to report for fans of the iconic primetime soap, Dallas.  Ken Kercheval, who played the thorn in J.R. Ewing’s (Larry Hagman) side, Cliff Barnes, has passed away.   The actor was 83 and died at his home in Indiana on Sunday.   The cause of death is under wraps.  He had been previously open about being a lung cancer survivor after years of smoking.

Kercheval was on Dallas for its entire run on CBS from 1978 to 1991, and returned to the TNT reboot from 2012 to 2014 to reprise his signature role.

On Dallas, Cliff Barnes was always the perennial loser when he went toe to toe with ruthless J.R, but in the final season, Cliff beats J.R at his own game and takes over Ewing Oil.  Cliff was also hopelessly in love with Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) and was the brother to Pam Barnes, played by Victoria Principal.

As for Ken’s first big acting breaks, that came on daytime soap operas when early in his career he appeared on Search for Tomorrow and How to Survive a Marriage.

Later, he appeared on episodic dramas such as Starsky & Hutch, and Crossing Jordan.  His final role was in a movie, 2019’s Surviving in L.A. said to be a comedy/drama in which he plays the business manager of a former teen sitcom star who trashed her life through drug abuse and is fresh out of rehab.

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Share your thoughts on the passing of Ken Kercheval in the comment section below.   But first, watch him as Cliff Barnes in this scene from TNT’s Dallas when he sees J.R. for the first time in years!

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