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“Dallas” Sending J.R. Out With A Bang

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Larry Hagman’s passing on November 24 served a double blow to the cast and crew of TNT’s “Dallas.” Not only had they just lost a dear friend, but they also had to come up with a way to write J.R. Ewing off of the show without derailing their planned storylines.

TV Guide magazine reported Tuesday that the 2012 redux will take a page from the most iconic moment of the seminal series and have J.R. Ewing murdered by an unknown assailant towards the middle of the show’s upcoming second season. This, of course, pays a haunting homage to the “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger from the “Dallas” 1980 season finale.

The ensuring storm of speculation that swirled throughout the subsequent summer led to the highest-rated TV episode in U.S. history (at the time) with an estimated 83 million people tuning in for the season premiere — higher than the number of voters in that year’s presidential election.

“Dallas” premieres January 28 on TNT.

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