Given the real-life passing of legendary actor Larry Hagman earlier this year, it only makes sense that the character he was most famous for playing in J.R. Ewing would be written out of “Dallas” the same way. With that in mind, we now know some of the first details about how the TNT revival of the long-running show plans to send the character off to pasture.
According to a report from TVLine, the show will stage a funeral for Hagman’s character in the eighth episode of their upcoming second season, which will air on March 11. Hagman will appear in a number of episodes beginning with the January 28 premiere, as he was working regularly in the weeks leading up to his death. The producers did not have to go back and change too much of the world already completed in order to adjust folly for the tragedy, and they began work on planning the proper way to say goodbye (both to the actor and the character) shortly after returning to work following the Thanksgiving holiday.
The funeral for J.R. will also reportedly feature appearances from a number of faces via the classic “Dallas” show, including many who have not yet surfaced on the revival. Names are currently still being kept under wraps, but we will have them for you here as soon as they become available. We have to imagine that this has to be one of the most difficult sequences for any television show to film, as you are still grieving the actor’s passing while also have to work on grieving the character in a short amount of time.
If you want to read more about how the “Dallas” cast and crew has been impacted by Hagman’s passing, you can do so over here.