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TNT Dallas Producers Are Beginning To Prep Send-Off for Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing!

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The producers of TNT’s Dallas are already at work on how to deal with the death of Larry Hagman on-screen and his iconic character of J.R. Ewing, and just how to give him a proper send-off!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hagman’s death yesterday may have caught the creative team off-guard!  Larry Hagman had already completed filming of six episodes of the 15 ordered for the second season of the soap, and will appear when new episodes kick off Jan. 28.   At the moment there is no timeline on how production of Dallas will be affected by his passing.

On Friday evening, Dallas executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael Robin in a joint statement that Hagman was “a giant, larger-than-life personality” and loved playing “this globally recognized character.”

So here we go again!  Television and the soap genre is losing another legend.  Weigh in on how you think the new Dallas should give a proper farewell to Hagman and good ole’ J.R.!

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Joanne
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Joanne

I wouldn’t venture to guess………what a huge loss………the new Dallas is so good………I can’t imagine how they will write him out……….and it’s ironic that in the show Bobby is the one battling cancer……….it’s very sad. I’m looking forward to the return in January, but Mr. Hagman will definitely be missed, and will leave a large void in this iconic show.

SUSAN
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SUSAN

AGREE 100% JR IS IRREPLACBLE

Matthew E. Crowley
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Matthew E. Crowley

I think that JR Ewing has to go out with a bang Like his father befor him kill in a Carsh.

Christine
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Christine

I agree.

Didn’t Jock die in a plane crash or something? It was so many years ago that I saw that.

gloria
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gloria

I burst into tears when I heard this news this morning. Weird, I thought about him last when I could not get to sleep! I don’t know why he was on mind. I watched the very first episode of Dallas in early 1977 when I was in high school & never missed it, not even once. I watched reruns on TNT until I could practically recite the lines with the characters! Also loved Larry on Jeannie. I loved the new Dallas last year & have been counting the days till it comes back. To lose him now, what a loss.… Read more »

stephie
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stephie

Very well said, and echoing my thoughts exactly.

gloria
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gloria

Thanks Stephie

SUSAN
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SUSAN

so true my thoughts exactly

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t envy these producers because whatever direction they chose someone, some where will complain it wasn’t done right. But given their faithful take on the old classic I am certain they will weave an ending the will be fitting for JR, and honor Larry at the same time.

The Professor
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The Professor

Wow! I had no idea. Larry Hagman will never be forgotten. He was defiently one of the true icons in television history. Defiently top ten and may be number one as Drama goes. Dallas was my favorite show of all time and its return to television had been well done. What I hope for the future show is two things. 1st, Do not try to replace J.R. Ewing with any other actor (this includes John Ross). J.R. was an original and Dallas was wise enough long ago to not try an replace Jock Ewing. That character’s legacy was felt througout… Read more »

SUSAN
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SUSAN

AGREE HE NEEDDS the best send off of any icon on tv

he will be missed and hopefully the new dallas can continue without jr

but it will be a hard task for the cast and i do love the new show very much

but the original was the greatest tv soap in its prime because everyone rushed
home on friday nites to see what “ole jr was up too”

because back then you could not dvr or tivo for the first few yrs dallas was on
so if you missed friday nite you missed alot

eric
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eric

i am sure it will be something awesome, just like jocks death was, with a killer will to follow, we will miss you larry!!!!!

Cole
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Cole

Between losing Hagman, and Flannery departing B&B, and the passing of the Daytime Icon John Ingle, the genre will never be the same. More tears, more sorrow…where is the light at the end of the tunnel for Daytime and Soap fans in general?

Christine
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Christine

Sadly the light at the end of the tunnel has to come in the form of one of these younger actors knocking the pants off the current generation. The “kids” these days do not want to work, but just collect a paycheck. I remember when my husband was working on THE POLAR EXPRESS (starring Tom Hanks). I had lunch with him in the commissary one day at Sony and walked right past Mr. Hanks. He was wearing the motion capture suit and had motion capture sensors ALL OVER his face. He had to be uncomfortable, but you would not know… Read more »

SUSAN
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SUSAN

i agree larry hagman and clint eastwood are in the same icon status

SUSAN
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SUSAN

cole you are so right on

Doug
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Doug

I cannot believe the producers were too surprised. Unlike daytime, an actor of Hagman’s age and health issues would have gone through a physical to be insurance. The writers and producers have done a good job to set up John Ross as the heir apparent who never felt he had his father’s respect. Though it is terrible, there are years of story potential .

MK
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MK

I think the new Dallas made a good impression with John Ross taking the spotlight and JR working behind the scenes. That can still happen (off camera) I think they should keep JR alive Off screen. With JR at near-death multiple times, I doubt anyone would believe it. I also love adding James and Harper (Cally’s son) to the conflict. If Jock and Miss Ellie’s presence can still exist, JR surely can (off screen).

STEPHANIE O'DANIEL
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STEPHANIE O'DANIEL

I think JR should be replaced by another actor. The show would not be the same without a JR person. The series is basically based on the scheming character and how others react to it and how others plan to outwit him, or survive his schemes and machinations. JR’s schemes are the reason why people watch the show. You gotta find a charming, skirt chasing, lying, back stabbing, scheming person to replace Larry Hagman or the show will not be the same. The other actors are important but only if JR sets them up.

SUSAN
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SUSAN

NO!!! NO!!! NO WAY LARRY HAGMAN AS JR NOT POSSIBLE TO REPLACE
IT WOULD NOT WORK JUST MY OPINION

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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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Dallas and B&B Favorite, Patrick Duffy Finds Love Again at 71 with Actress Linda Purl

It’s never to late to fall in love again and Dallas star, Patrick Duffy (Ex-Bobby Ewing) is proof positive of that.  Duffy, who was married for 48 years to ballet dancer Carlyn Rosser till 2017, when she passed away due to cancer, has reconnected with Happy Days and motion picture and TV actress, Linda Purl whom he first met knew years ago.  Soap fans also remember Duffy’s turn from 2006-2011 on The Bold and the Beautiful as Stephen Logan.

According to PEOPLE and as it has turned out, the Covid-19 pandemic was actually the impetus for Duffy and Purl reconnecting after being casual friends for years, who had simply lost touched with one another..  However, during the Covid-19 lockdown, they happened to be on the same group text chain with other friends that eventually wound up with just the two of them chatting.

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Duffy shared,  “At that point, I loaded up my car and drove 20 hours and ended up on her doorstep just to see if it was real.  We haven’t been apart since.” He added, “I never thought for a minute this would happen again. I never thought I’d feel this way again.”

 

The actor who is going to be in the upcoming Lifetime holiday movie, People Presents: Once Upon a Main Street debuting on November 29th, noted on his relationship with Purl, that he know his beloved late wife would want him to be happy, expressing: “I  feel quite honestly, that it is keeping with the desires of my wife, the fact that we are intended to be happy.  So when it’s offered, think about it, do whatever you do, but don’t let it pass you up if it’s the right thing.”

So,  happy for Patrick that he has found love again after his enduring romance and life with his late wife? Comment below.

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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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