It's hard to imagine Dallas without J.R. — a sentiment shared by many when Larry Hagman passed away last Thanksgiving, midway through production of the rebooted soap's second season. Even harder not to contemplate that sad future while watching TNT's two-hour premiere (Monday, 9/8c), where once again the veterans wipe the floor with the young whippersnappers. None more gleefully than Hagman, whose gaunt frailty can't mask the devilish glint beneath those statuesque eyebrows.
Watch out, Southfork: There's a new Pamela Barnes in Dallas.
On the Season 1 finale of the TNT reboot, it was revealed that Christopher Ewing's estranged wife and baby mama was not actually soft-spoken small town girl Rebecca Sutter, but Pamela Rebecca Barnes, the daughter of longtime Ewing family rival ...
Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway
The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held Sunday, and the big ensemble cast winners included Modern Family and Downton Abbey for television comedy and drama, respectively, and Argo for film. Taking home the television acting awards were Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad, and Homeland's Claire Danes.
Here's rundown of some of the night's most memorable moments:
Lauren Graham, Jason Ritter
It's another ridiculously busy night of TV, with premieres and finales jousting for attention amid other distractions. It's just as well that CBS' top-rated lineup is taking a breather with repeats.
First, the farewells, going head to head. Once again, NBC sends away its reliably tear-jerking Parenthood (10/9c) earlier in the TV year than we'd like, but a limited run of 15 episodes beats the alternative. Shows like this don't tend to repeat well, and if a shorter run makes business sense — while freeing up the time period in the back half of the season for something else (in this case, a retooled Smash in two weeks) — then so be it. This fourth season has been Parenthood's strongest and most emotionally charged to date, especially in the storyline involving Kristina's breast cancer ordeal, providing Monica Potter and Peter Krause (as husband Adam) with their strongest dramatic material to date. Emmy voters, wake up and take note.
Two months after Larry Hagman's November 23 death, the Dallas cast past and present has assembled at the city's swanky Petroleum Club to shoot an epic, drama-filled memorial for his legendary J.R. Ewing. Among the mourners who have returned to pay their respects — or disrespects — are Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), Gary and Lucy Ewing (Ted Shackelford and Charlene Tilton), Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly), Mandy Winger (Deborah Shelton) and Cally Harper Ewing (Cathy Podewell). On set, the late actor's spirit is still very much alive. Each morning when he passes Hagman's trailer, Patrick Duffy, who plays Bobby Ewing, knocks on his friend's door. "Not like I'm expecting him to say, 'Come in,'" Duffy says. "But just to say to Larry, 'I'm still here, pal.'" And if you believe some of Hagman's costars, he's been knocking right back.
Cathy Podewell, Deborah Shelton
J.R. Ewing is about to be laid to rest at Southfork, but not before getting one last visit from two of the sexy, big-haired bimbos he romanced back in the day.
Nathan Fillion, John Noble and Jim Caviezel
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Larry Hagman fans will be able to see the dearly departed Dallas star on the small screen this spring.
Hagman, who died in November, will be featured on the CBS special I Get That A Lot, in which celebrities masquerade as ordinary people and then act like they're not stars when they're inevitably recognized. The actor filmed his segment in September, and appears as a salesman offering free samples of barbecue sauce, according to the network.
Dallas fans will soon have to say goodbye to Larry Hagman's J.R. — but they'll meet two new members of the Ewing and Ramos clans. Emma Bell (formerly Andrea's sister, Amy, on The Walking Dead) plays Bobby Ewing's well-bred...
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