On this week's "Dallas," J.R. Ewing will be put to rest with a long-awaited funeral.
The most decorated villain in TV history, portrayed by the late Larry Hagman, met his end in last week's "Dallas" and this week, his TV family and real-life friends will say goodbye with a funeral for J.R.
"Everybody was still in this place of grief and sadness and [wanting to] celebrate [Hagman's] life. Everybody was still very connected -- and still is -- to Larry," "Dallas" executive producer Michael M. Robin told TV Guide. "It was hard for everybody but what it gave root to was a real, honest performance in every one of those scenes because everybody was in that kind of place. That's how they felt about the person, Larry, while they were talking about how they interacted with that character, J.R."
The "Dallas" cast has been open about their struggle with Hagman's passing. "I knock on his trailer door every morning," Patrick Duffy, who's played J.R.'s rival Bobby Ewing for decades, told The Huffington Post in January. "It reminds me of our 35-year relationship. Every time I would go to work, I would knock on his door and go in before I did anything else. I don't expect him to answer the door -- I'm not that crazy -- but it's more just my connection with him. I respect the ongoing friendship I have with him that will last in my life until I die. It's just my little moment. If I could have a glass of champagne with him I would."
Because of the heightened emotion of this week's "Dallas" with J.R.'s funeral, there will be a special version of the show's famous theme song in tribute J.R. and Hagman, TV Guide reports. "We were watching the morgue scene and [it] was very powerful. That was the first time we had seen it and then it goes from the morgue to this light theme that 'Dallas' has had for 30 years, and Mike was like, 'No, that is so wrong,'" executive producer Cynthia Cidre told the website.
Here is TNT's official episode description for this week's "Dallas," titled "J.R.'s Masterpiece":
The Ewings are forced to put aside their differences when J.R. Ewing is found killed. The family and old friends come together to mourn, leading to a shocking revelation that changes everything.
"Dallas" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.
In his first TV appearance ever, Hagman guest starred on "Decoy," the first American police series with a female protagonist.
"Diagnosis: Unknown" (1960)
Hagman appeared on the series premiere of "Diagnosis: Unkwown," which lasted only nine episodes. But it did leave a legacy: Thirty-three years after its cancellation on CBS, the network launched the successful "Diagnosis Murder," starring Dick and Barry Van Dyke, which went on for eight seasons.
"Sea Hunt" (1958-1959)
Hagman popped up in three episodes of "Sea Hunt" as three different characters from 1958-1959.
"I Dream Of Jeannie" (1965-1970)
Hagman's first major breakout role was as Astronaut Tony Nelson on "I Dream Of Jeannie." In the series debut, Tony opened Jeannie's bottle, becoming her master. By the end of the series, Tony and Jeannie married and in a TV special that took place 15 years after "I Dream Of Jeannie" ended, it was revealed that they had a son named T.J.
"Three's A Crowd" (1969)
In this 1969 ABC made-for-TV movie, Hagman starred as a pilot whose wife Jessica (played by "Arrested Development" star Jessica Walter) disappeared and was presumed dead. When she appears seven years later, Hagman's character Jim has met and married Ann (E.J. Peaker). He doesn't tell them about one another and, of course, hilarity ensues.
"Here We Go Again" (1973)
This TV comedy, which lasted one season, portrayed two couples in their post-divorce lives. Hagman played Richard, who remarried Susan (Diane Baker), and lives near both his ex-wife and her ex-husband. "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star <a href="http://www.ebay.ca/itm/HERE-WE-GO-AGAIN-Press-Photo-LARRY-HAGMAN-Kim-Richards-DIANE-BAKER-Nita-Talbot-/370620610414#shId">Kim Richards played Hagman's character's adorable stepdaughter Jan</a>.
Hagman played greedy, scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing, donning the most legendary cowboy hat in TV history for a whopping 14 seasons. The series' 1980 "Who shot J.R.?" storyline has gone down as the biggest cliffhanger in TV history ... but there was more J.R. to come.
"Knots Landing" (1980-1982)
The CBS series that spun off of the legendary "Dallas" followed Gary, the middle son and black sheep of the Dallas-based Ewing family. Hagman played his villainous older brother J.R. on-and-off on the short-lived series.
Hagman returned to TV with a four-episode stint in the fourth season of "Nip/Tuck." He played Burt Landau, a wealthy medical venture capitalist who bought the plastic surgery firm McNamara/Troy. Burt may have been even more twisted than J.R., as this sex scene with his much younger wife and Christian Troy, would indicate.
"Desperate Housewives" (2011)
In the seventh season of "Desperate Housewives," Hagman popped up as Lynette's mom Stella Wingfield's curmudgeonly, but loaded fourth husband.
Fourteen seasons of "Dallas" wasn't enough. In 2012, the show successfully returned on TNT and Hagman was back as J.R., the ruthless former president of Ewing Oil. Though when the show made its debut, J.R. was in a nursing home, being treated for clinical depression, he returned to Southfork, hungry for power as Season 1 went on. The season ended with J.R. and his son John Ross gaining control of Southfork and joining forces against Bobby. <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/larry-hagman-death-dallas-prepping-393767">Season 2 of "Dallas" is currently in production and the show's writers are reportedly working on giving J.R. -- and Hagman -- a proper send-off</a>, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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