‘Dallas’ Down In Third-Season Launch, But Not As Deep A Plunge As Season 2 Debut

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 12:21pm PST

A leveling off for TNT’s Dallas reboot, which bagged 2.7 million viewers with its third season debut – its smallest start yet. That said, it dallassuffered nowhere nearly as steep a fall as had its Season 2 starter. That season opened with  2.98 million viewers, but it was a 60% plunge compared to the hefty 6.9 million who’d welcomed the return of the Ewings in the less-crowded summer. That Season 2 starter had been a series low for the new Dallas. TNT notes last night’s third-season kickoff matches the new Dallas’ second-season average.
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‘Dallas’ Hits High With J.R. Ewing Funeral

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 4:17pm PDT

The farewell to J.R. Ewing and Larry Hagman last night on Dallas pushed the TNT reboot to a season high. The series rose 23% among adults 18-49 and 28% in total viewers from last week’s … Read More »

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TNT Streaming First 7 Episodes Of ‘Dallas’ Season 2 Leading To J.R. Ewing Funeral

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 11:00am PST

TNT is streaming the first 7 episodes of Dallas Season 2 in advance of the upcoming episode “J.R.’s Masterpiece”‘, which features the funeral for Larry Hagman’s iconic villain J.R. Ewing. The episodes will stream on TNTdrama.com through March … Read More »

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TNT’s Michael Wright On Plans For J.R. Funeral On ‘Dallas’: TCA

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 9:24am PST

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

In his opening remarks during the Turner portion of the TCA press tour this morning, TNT head of original programming Michael Wright addressed the recent passing of Dallas star … Read More »

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‘Dallas’ Will Hold Funeral For J.R. Ewing

By | Tuesday December 11, 2012 @ 10:56pm PST

The funeral episode hasn’t been filmed or scheduled yet, but TNT says it will happen at some point during the second season which begins next month. Larry Hagman, who reprised his role as the villainous J.R. Ewing from … Read More »

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TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Resumes Production Following Larry Hagman’s Death

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 1:04pm PST
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The cameras are rolling again on the set of TNT‘s new Dallas series following the death of co-star Larry Hagman. Hagman, who reprised his role as the villainous J.R. Ewing from the original series, died from Read More »

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How Will Larry Hagman’s Death Affect TNT’s ‘Dallas’?

By | Saturday November 24, 2012 @ 1:16am PST
Nellie Andreeva

For a third time since it was conceived, TNT‘s new Dallas series will have to adjust its storylines to account for the absence of one of its signature characters, J.R. Ewing. And while the first two times the preparations turned out to be contingency plans that were never enacted, this time the show is forced to write off the villainous oilman following the death of the actor who’s portrayed the iconic character over the span of 35 years.

Related: R.I.P. Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman, who died Friday at age 81 from cancer complications, was in Dallas filming Season 2 of TNT’s Dallas. He had completed shooting a number of episodes — believed to be six — before his death, and will appear in the 15-episode Season 2 of the series, slated to premiere January 28. As of now things are fluid, and it is unclear how his passing will affect the production on the show, which was scheduled to resume following the Thanksgiving break. Extending the hiatus or scheduling one in the near future is a possibility so the writers can rework the scripts for the remaining episodes without Hagman and, more importantly, create a proper sendoff for J.R. The larger-than-life character was already at the heart of one of the most famous episodes of television as the November 1980 Dallas episode that resolved the series’ “Who shot J.R.?” cliffhanger remains the second-most-watched telecast of all time. J.R.’s farewell episode on the new Dallas will likely attract legions of fans of the iconic character. Read More »

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R.I.P. Larry Hagman

By | Friday November 23, 2012 @ 7:49pm PST

UPDATE: Larry Hagman who played the conniving villainous J.R. — head of the oil-rich and powerful Ewing clan on both the original an recent sequel of the world popular TV series Dallas - died this afternoon at Medical City in Dallas. The cause was cited … Read More »

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At ‘Dallas’ Panel, J.R. Gets In His Shots: TCA

By | Saturday January 14, 2012 @ 4:18pm PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

TNT this afternoon rolled out the cast and producers for its new edition of Dallas that Turner programming chief Michael Wright referred to as “not a remake and not a reboot but a continuation of” the iconic nighttime soap that originally ran on CBS for 14 seasons (1978-91). “It will be as if the cameras were left on 20 years ago and everyone went on with their lives,” he added. While most of the cast has moved on, Larry Hagman (the notorious J,.R. Ewing), Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) and Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) all are back for the new edition slated to premiere next summer. The returnees looked fresh and ready to roll anew — even Hagman (the only cast member to appear in all 357 episodes of the original series) despite some much-publicized health issues. “What’s the best part? Work at 80 years old!” announced Hagman, dapper in a 10-gallon hat, “and doing a job I love with people I love.” Hagman added that except for the fact there about about 490 more channels now than there were when Dallas originally hit the air, things aren’t all that different now. “When Dallas was really hot, we were in a major recession,” he said. “People couldn’t afford to hire a babysitter and go out for the night. They had to stay in on Friday nights and watch something, and we were it. Now here we are again.” When it was noted that a generation of TV stars might owe Hagman a debt of gratitude for his onetime Dallas salary holdout, he quipped, “I think everybody from Friends owes me at least 10%.” Read More »

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Josh Henderson To Star In TNT’s ‘Dallas’, Larry Hagman Officially On Board

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TNT’s Dallas reboot is starting to take shape. Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives) has landed one of the leads in the project, playing J.R.’s son. Additionally, original Dallas stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray are now all confirmed … Read More »

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Good-Bye J.R.? ‘Dallas’ Ready To Move On Without Larry Hagman Over Money Demands

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After one of the longest courtships in recent TV history, TNT is prepared to proceed with its Dallas reboot without original star Larry Hagman over salary issues. Hagman and fellow Dallas alums Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy were first … Read More »

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