How Will Future Episodes of "Dallas" Unfold Without J.R.?
LOS ANGELES — Larry Hagman became a TV icon in the 1980s on “Dallas,” the night time soap opera about the backstabbing exploits of the Texas millionaire family the Ewing’s.
The show debuted in 1978 on CBS and had an impressive 13-year run. Last year, it was brought back on TNT with original cast members Hagman, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, and Patrick Duffy. To spice up the dramatic storylines, young new co-stars Jordana Brewster, Jessie Metcalf, and Josh Henderson were added to the mix.
Hagman was unarguably one of the most decorated villains in TV history as J.R. — the wealthy oilman who couldn’t be trusted. When the 81-year-old actor died in November 2012 from complications of cancer, fans wondered how the show would handle his death. Finally, Monday night’s episode revealed the plot.
Gray, who played J.R's wife on the show, told reporters at the PaleyFest red carpet event in Los Angeles for “Dallas” that just because J.R. is dead doesn’t mean Hagman’s character won’t be addressed on the show.
“He was with us through show six. We're now filming show 13. I just read episode 14. Everybody's talking about him. And some deal he did that may be a domino effect on this one. So he's around. And you know he's always gonna be around. He just doesn’t have to wear his hats and his boots and put on makeup.”
Duffy portrays Bobby, J.R.’s brother, and he admitted to journalists that he knows how the season will play out regarding the situation, and that viewers should be satisfied.
“The only thing I can tell you is we have to resolve the whole death of J.R. And who's responsible and all of those things. So all of the characters are going to shift a little while we accomplish that. The one thing that will maintain itself that Bobby is the only character on our entire show that is the moral compass. He's the only one. And that's been just a standard since 1978. So that has to be. And I agree it has to be. So I don't want to go to the dark side,” he said.
“But they're going to have to accommodate the reality of him losing his touchstone. The episodes that they've written so far are doing that. I know what the outcome of the season is. I'm the only actor on the show who does. But I'm happy with it. I'm very happy with it. 'Dallas' will continue in the tradition that 'Dallas' is expected,” Duffy added.
“Dallas” airs Monday nights on TNT.