The fans of Larry Hagman, who died in November, get a final chance to say goodbye to J.R. at 9 tonight, as TNT's Dallas airs a funeral for J.R. coming at the end of five new episodes Hagman filmed before he passed away from cancer.
Since 1979, Hagman as J.R. developed a legion of fans with his charismatic, celebratory portrayal of J.R., considered one of the most popular bad guys in the history of television.
Reportedly, Hagman was the only actor to appear in all 357 episodes of the CBS series which ruled CBS' schedule for a dozen years; a testament to both the character's enduring popularity and the performer's devotion to playing him.
"J.R. and Dallas have been credited with sparking many TV innovations since then, from presaging TV's current obsession with anti-heroes to birthing the cliffhanger episode by introducing the "Who Shot J.R.?" mystery in the last episode of the second season (requiring fans to wait months until the show's fall return for the answer, which was somehow far less interesting than the question)." (Read more)