TNT’s ‘Dallas’ season 2: Exec talks writing J.R. Ewing’s funeral episode

DallasThere are some sad times coming up on “Dallas” season 2, and we are talking specifically about an episode airing on March 11 that is sure to almost have every non-cynical member of the viewing public sobbing. After all, this is going to be the episode of the show that features a final goodbye to someone that a good many viewers absolutely loved in Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing.

So what is one of the creative people behind the hit show saying about trying to create such a difficult episode? Speaking in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Cynthia Cidre had the following to say on the subject of just how emotional she found herself becoming while trying to produce a strict that would send off one of the most memorable characters in the history of television:

“I never cried when I was writing [the story out by hand]. But the next day I started to type, and I started crying so hard I couldn’t even see the computer screen … It will be funny and appropriate to J.R., but it will also be sad because his family loved him. As do the fans.”

Cidre also added that even though there will be the funeral for J.R., this story will also feel true to life in that there will be a number of other story threads woven into the episode to go along with it, including everything that has transpired over the course of the episodes beforehand. Although we will be losing a key piece of the puzzle, the show will very much go on.

As for returning guest stars, it feels as though producers are keeping this under wraps until we get a little bit closer to the actual episode, or until at least they find a more comfortable time to reveal them.

If you want to read some more scoop about what happens prior to J.R.’s death, you can find that out pretty easily by heading on over to the link here.

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