Posts Tagged ‘Dallas’

RIP Larry Hagman. Dallas’ JR Ewing hangs up his cowboy hat

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

RIP Larry Hagman

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Channel 5 Dallas launch party at Old Billinsgate in London. Picture date: Tuesday August 21, 2012


Larry Hagman has died at the age of 81.  The actor who spent more than a decade playing TV villain JR Ewing suffered from cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. He died in hospital on Friday afternoon according to a family statement.

Born in Texas, Hagman battled alcoholism for many years. Even on the hardworking set of Dallas, he consumed five bottles of champagne a day for years and was finally diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in 1992.

Three years later he had a liver transplant and kept a photo of the organ donor above his mirror. “I say a prayer for him every morning,” he said.

Despite this, Hagman continued to drink secretly until a further life-saving operation in 2003 forced him to stop.

Hagman  first performed as JR Ewing in 1978 and became its highest-paid star, as the programme came to define 1980s excess. During 13 years as the most scheming oil tycoon in Dallas, JR in his Stetson became one of the most distinctive faces on television screens across the world.

It quickly became one of the network’s top-rated programmes – with its 356 episodes being seen by an estimated 300 million people in 57 countries . It was revived this year and is currently screened on Channel 5.


Channel 5 secure rights to Dallas – to star Josh Henderson and Jess Metcalfe

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Jess Metcalfe

Channel 5 is to air Dallas next year.  The broadcaster has won the rights to the updated US soap opera, which will star original cast members Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, who reprise their roles as wealthy JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen, though the programme is expected to focus on the Ewing family’s offspring.

90210 actor Josh Henderson – who appeared as a child in the original series – will play JR’s son John Ross, while former Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe (right) has been cast as Bobby’s son Christopher.

Channel 5 director of programmes Jeff Ford said: “With its alluring mix of wealth, seduction, scandal and intrigue, there is something for everyone on the Southfork Ranch. It is an exciting addition to our 2012 schedule.”

US programme makers have stated the new show will be “not so much a remake, more a continuation.”

The 10-part series will be broadcast next year and focuses on the disputes between John Ross and Bobby over how to continue the family empire.

The original Dallas ran from 1978 to 1991 on US network CBS and was broadcast to huge UK audiences on the BBC.