TNT announced the third season renewal of Dallas, cementing the second-generation saga of the Ewings on the television landscape and delighting a legion of fans.
“Dallas has built a passionately loyal following with its expertly woven storylines, clever twists and turns, and numerous outstanding performances by a cast that spans generations,” said Michael Wright, president, and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
The show suffered the sad loss of legacy character JR Ewing and the even more legendary Larry Hagman last year – a loss which saddened fans and actors alike. But Hagman himself, ever the show’s best advocate, insisted it should go on without him.
Contrary to the usual soapy meme, the character of JR Ewing will not return from the dead, incarnated with a new actor.
“There’s no way the character could come back because the only person who could play him was Larry,” said Hagman’s on-screen brother Patrick Duffy, not long after his friend and costar had died.
Duffy has played brother Bobby Ewing since 1978 and was close friends with Hagman. The show, he said, still feels the same – as if Hagman was still hanging around. “It feels as though the character of JR and Larry himself is still there – it makes it comfortable to go to work, not uncomfortable. Since the day he died, I haven’t had the feeling he’s really left.”
With a third season ahead, the show will focus on new dramas involving Bobby and the new generation of Ewings growing into their own challenges. Said Wright, “Dallas has many more stories left to tell, and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.’s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted.”
Dallas ranked as basic cable’s #1 drama of 2012.