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Dallas producers preparing Larry Hagman send-off

Larry Hagman

Story by Jack Foley

THE producers of Dallas are working on ensuring that iconic character JR Ewing will get a proper send-off following the death of actor Larry Hagman, who died on Friday (November 23) at the age of 81.

Reacting to the news on Friday evening, executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin said in a statement: “Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history.

“He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the Dallas family is deeply saddened by Larry’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time.”

News of his passing almost immediately prompted questions surrounding the production schedule of the second series of Dallas, which is due to return to US TV screens next year.

It has since emerged that Hagman had filmed six episodes of the 15 ordered for the sophomore run of the soap and will appear when the new episodes air from January 28.

Sources close to the production have told The Hollywood Reporter that efforts are now being made to ensure that the character is given a fitting send-off.