They had completed five episodes of season two and were midway through the sixth when Hagman died unexpectedly. A JR scene that had been cut from an earlier installment will be inserted into the sixth episode.
Executive producer Cynthia Cidre was tasked with adapting and changing the direction of upcoming scripts. She hand-wrote the seventh episode and kept her composure until she started typing it. The tears started to flow until she couldn’t see the computer monitor any longer.
The eighth episode of season two will air on March 11th and will pay tribute to Hagman with a special funeral for JR Ewing. There will be plenty of familiar faces from the original Dallas on hand to help say goodbye.
Of his best friend, Patrick Duffy said, “On set if Linda [Gray] and I are both sitting in chairs between scenes, I’ll reach over and just hold her hand for a while. As she will for me. We just sit and smile and think, ‘Gosh, that guy was our friend for 35 years. How lucky are we?'”
Though Hagman is no longer physically on the set of Dallas, he is still a very big presence. Hagman’s name will stay at the top of the production call sheets for the rest of the show’s run. His Airstream trailer will also remain on set with a sign on the door that says “#1 is on hold.” It’s appropriate because, as Duffy notes, “This is the house that Hagman built.”
Season two of Dallas debuts on January 28th on TNT.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing how they will pay tribute to Hagman on the show?