A piece of TV history airs in the upcoming episode of “Dallas” when Larry Hagman plays JR Ewing for the last time.
Hagman died last fall, and word that his love-to-hate character, JR Ewing, has passed away will be worked into the March 11 episode. Hagman performed around half-a-dozen episodes of the current season before he died.
A spokesperson confirmed Hagman’s last scene will be broadcast this week (9 p.m. Monday, TNT).
It was speculated Hagman’s last scene as JR aired on Feb. 25, when JR was being shown how to use his iPad to play “Angry Birds.” He forwarded a funny Web video of a dog to Bobby (Patrick Duffy).
In true JR fashion, it turned out the video was actually a ruse and contained a virus that wiped out important documents on Bobby’s computer.
For most of this second season, JR’s presence has been lightly felt, and Hagman has only been seen in a few scenes each episode.
Whether his notable lack of screen time is a result of Hagman’s failing health or the producers re-editing the episodes to lessen JR’s presence is not clear. More than likely — and given the suddenness of Hagman’s death — it may have been the latter.
Perhaps producers thought it best to ween viewers off JR as much as they could, allowing for the show’s future without too much of an impact surrounding JR at the center of the action. Maybe one of those last edited scenes will end up in tonight’s episode.
JR’s death will be acknowledged March 11, and when Ewing family members will learn he was the victim of a mugging.
Ted Shackleford, who played middle Ewing brother Gary on the spin-off “Knots Landing,” will be back for this week’s episode Monday.
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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