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“Dallas” Set To Return For Third Season

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 12:  (L-R) Actors Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, and Larry Hagman arrive at the TCM Classic Film Festival opening night premiere of the 40th anniversary restoration of "Cabaret" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 12, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actors Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, and Larry Hagman arrive at the TCM Classic Film Festival opening night premiere of the 40th anniversary restoration of “Cabaret” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on April 12, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – TNT announced on Tuesday that its hit drama series “Dallas” has been renewed for a full third season.

“Dallas has built a passionately loyal following with its expertly woven storylines, clever twists and turns, and numerous outstanding performances by a cast that spans generations,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT in a release. “Although we said goodbye to Larry Hagman and his iconic character J.R. Ewing this year, Dallas has many more stories left to tell, and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.’s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted.”

Hagman, best known for his role as J.R. Ewing, died at the age of 81 after a battle with cancer. His character was shot in season two and died of his injuries.

When the series reboot launched last summer on TNT, it was ranked the No. 1 new drama of 2012 on basic cable. Its success continued in season two, averaging 3.8 million viewers  per week.

Linda Gray, who has long played Sue Ellen Ewing, joined KRLD’s David Rancken to discuss the news and provide insight into the upcoming season.

“It’s so exciting,” said Gray. “When you get the call — which I just got — you’re ecstatic to get to work with your friends and your family.”