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Tuesday
Mar122013

"Dallas" Co-Stars Say Farewell to J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman

Claire Greenway/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One week after his character was written off the series at the hand of an unseen gunman, co-stars of the late Dallas star Larry Hagman said goodbye to his scheming character J.R. Ewing.

On Monday night's episode of the TNT series, the character made famous by the actor was laid to rest.  Hagman died of cancer last November.

At J.R.'s funeral, in a scene that blended the emotions of both the show's fantasy and the actors' reality, Hagman's co-stars said goodbye.

In the episode's final moments, however, it became clear the storyline -- that a mugger killed Ewing -- wasn't the truth, and that the mystery of "who shot J.R.?" was revealed in a letter to his onscreen brother Bobby, played by Patrick Duffy, who was in tears at the episode's end.  The mystery was not revealed to viewers during Monday night's episode.

In an interview with the National Ledger, show producer Mike Robin said, "After shooting Patrick's moment, I said, 'I think we did well,' and he said, 'Yeah, I think he'd be happy.'  Everybody that was involved in [that show], that was what we were trying to do, trying to feel that we did right by our friend Larry Hagman.''

The show, and the mystery into Ewing's death, will live on.

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Monday
Jan282013

New Season of "Dallas" Premieres Monday, Will Honor Larry Hagman

Peter Larsen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The second season of TNT's Dallas update premieres Monday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

One of the show's stars, Larry Hagman, passed away last November, after filming five episodes of the new season.  His character, oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, will be given a fitting farewell, according to TNT head of programming Michael Wright.

Wright recently told reporters, "The show is going to honor Larry's passing with an episode that includes J.R.'s funeral and a story line that follows that we believe would've made Larry very happy."

TV Guide reports that J.R. will be murdered. So, potentially, viewers may again be asking, "Who shot J.R.?"

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Wednesday
Jan092013

Larry Hagman to Be Featured on "I Get That a Lot" Wednesday

Peter Larsen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- A new edition of the CBS special I Get That a Lot, featuring an appearance by the late Larry Hagman, airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The program features celebrities attempting to fool people into thinking they're someone other than themselves.

In Hagman's segment, which was shot last September, the Dallas actor pretends to be an employee at a warehouse shopping club, passing out food samples.

Hagman died on Nov. 23 of complications from cancer at the age of 81.

Bruce Jenner, Jane Seymour, Cheech Marin and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon also star on Wednesday's edition of I Get That a Lot.

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Thursday
Dec272012

Larry Hagman to Appear Posthumously on Reality Special

Peter Larsen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Dallas star Larry Hagman died in November, but he’s one of the stars featured in an upcoming one-hour special edition of the CBS celebrity reality show, I Get That a Lot.

The show places stars in ordinary jobs to confuse customers who can’t decide if it’s the actual celebrity or an astonishing look-alike.  This past September, Hagman filmed a segment in which he posed as a Costco employee handing out free samples of barbecue sauce.

Eric Schotz, the executive producer of I Get That a Lot, says the late actor was “a prankster at heart.”

“He loved the fact that he could interact with his fans and the fans’ reactions when they found out it was him are priceless,” Schotz adds.

The I Get That a Lot special also features Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan working as an outdoor apparel salesman; actress Jane Seymour posing as an inept home goods store greeter; actor and comedian Cheech Marin behind the counter at a party supply store; NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon selling automotive supplies; and Bruce Jenner pretending to be a shoe salesman for a high-end boutique.

The I Get That a Lot special airs Wednesday, Jan. 9, on CBS.

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Wednesday
Nov282012

Larry Hagman's Last Interview: 'I'd Like to Play Matt Damon's Daddy'

Peter Larsen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Larry Hagman told Entertainment Tonight in what turned out to be his final interview that he had a dream role in mind.

“I’d like to play Matt Damon’s daddy.  He’s a wonderful actor, I really admire him, and I’d like to play his dad one day,” Hagman said. 

He added, “You listenin’ out there Matt?  I’d like to work with you boy!”

The former Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie star died on Nov. 23.

Damon spoke with ET about Hagman's passing and the 1980 Dallas cliffhanger episode, "Who Shot J.R," in which Hagman's character was shot but not killed.  It became a major pop cultural event.

Damon told ET, “I grew up watching him.  'Who shot J.R.?' was more than a TV event.  It made its way into my consciousness at a very young age.  I was probably 10 or 11 when all that was going on.  He was certainly impactful in a way that is probably much harder to be now.  There’s a lot more channels and a lot more noise.  He’s a huge part of American culture.”

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Tuesday
Nov272012

Two Private Memorial Services Planned for Larry Hagman

Peter Larsen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Two private memorial services for the late Dallas actor Larry Hagman will be held this week, his personal manager tells Entertainment Tonight.

John Castonia says one service will be held in Texas, and the other will be held in California.

Castonia also notes that Hagman's wishes were to have his ashes spread "all over the world."  His son Preston will carry out those wishes.

Hagman, who died Friday of complications from cancer at the age of 81, is best known for playing Major Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie and the scheming oil tycoon J.R. Ewing on the original Dallas TV series and its current TNT reboot.

Production on the TNT version will resume on Tuesday, according to E! Online.  Producers are working on a proper send-off for Hagman's character, according to various reports.

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