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Dallas dead without Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing?

After the death of Larry Hagman on Friday, Dallas fans are left wondering if the newly renewed TNT show will be able to maintain high ratings without J.R. Ewing.

Can 'Dallas' keep it's high ratings after the loss of Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing?
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Hagman, who died from complications of throat cancer Friday, played the infamous villain J.R. Ewing on Dallas. Hagman's role as J.R. Ewing dates back to the original series in 1978, so it is unlikely viewers would accept a different actor sliding into the role of Hagman filled so well.

Before Hagman's death, Dallas had half of the second season filmed. Presumably J.R. will be in the first half of the season.

There's no word yet on how writers will explain J.R.'s departure from the show, but the second season is set to begin airing on TNT in January 2013.

The show's only saving grace may be that J.R.'s son, John Ross, played by hunky Josh Henderson, played a major role in J.R.'s villainous ways and schemes last season. Hagman was missing in many episodes last season, but John Ross slid right into the role of the new hunky villain when J.R. was missing in action.

Dallas' still has Ewing brother Bobby, played by Patrick Duffy, and his son, Christopher, who is played by former Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe.

John Ross feuded non-stop with his uncle and cousin last season, so these three stars have some hard work ahead of them to try to keep Dallas afloat without our favorite villain that we love to hate.

Do you think there's any way Dallas' ratings will remain high without Larry Hagman as J.R.? Scroll down and post your opinion below.

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