‘Dallas’ Gives J.R., and Hagman, a Proper Sendoff

They’re giving the devil his due Monday night – J.R. Ewing, played to perfection since 1978 by Larry Hagman, will be buried. The episode airing at 9 p.m. ET on TNT, will not disappoint. Not only have new Dallas creator Cynthia Cidre and her writing team given the iconic character  a memorable farewell for the actor who died last November (it will make you cry), they’ve used the occasion to break out a batch of new storylines. Foremost among them, as you …

‘Dallas’ J.R. Farewell ‘Bittersweet’ Says Linda Gray

“Yes, he’s physically gone. But I know he’s pulling strings wherever he is, keeping us all on our toes.” That’s the word from Linda Gray, speaking of Larry Hagman, who departed this world in November but is still the center of attention.  TNT’s Dallas launches its second season tomorrow night (1/28), and even though the actor only filmed five episodes before his death, his influence is all-pervasive. Show runner Cynthia Cidre has let it be known that his dastardly J.R. Ewing …

JR Will Never Die…

A shameless rogue with a conscience that must have been surgically removed at birth, “Dallas” character JR Ewing was envied, loved, despised, almost killed, and yet he was impossible to resist. No one could have played him with such magnificent relish – an irresistible villain – like Larry Hagman.  This was a man who embraced life with a joyous sense of abandon: he rode a Harley-Davidson wearing a chicken suit, made love flying a plane, put bourbon on his cornflakes. …

The ‘Dallas’ Finale Goes Wild

Gather your “Dallas” friends, plan your barbeque.  The season finale of TV’s No. 1 new cable drama of 2012 gets unveiled Wednesday (8/8) and I can promise you a wealth of captivating  moments. Having watched the first batch of seven episodes together last spring, my mother, who is 81, and daughter, who is 20, and I reconvened to view the season ender, “Revelations.”  Once again, laughing in surprise and shouting at the TV ensued, from all three generations. There’s a …

Patrick Duffy: The Man From Atlantis Swims Again!

Patrick Duffy is in Los Angeles, but not for long. On this day, chatting with me for an episode of my Movies for Grownups radio show, , it seems he’d rather be home with his wife on his Oregon ranch. Still, business is business. “Not a lot of film being done on the ranch in Oregon,” he says. One thing he’s in town for is to promote the DVD release of his cult classic TV series, Man From Atlantis, but …