Larry Hagman's Dallas character JR Ewing was shot in a murder attempt back in 1980, which sparked the catchphrase 'Who shot JR?' The mystery wasn't solved until almost 18 months later, but now, over 20 years on, another mystery is to hit Dallas to honour Larry Hagman, who died in November last year.
The cliffhanger will end series three of the new version of the show. "We wanted Larry's legacy to remain beyond this show." An insider told the Mirror, "We felt that one way would be to mirror the most memorable episode of all time."
Likewise, executive producer Cynthia Cidre said of the script: "We all felt having J.R. die of natural causes would have been completely inappropriate, not only to the character, but also to Larry Hagman."
The original episode that revealed the shooter has become the second most watched episode of a television show of all time, with over 83 million people tuning in to see the outcome. According to TV Guide the show has been given an added influx of villlains including a strange 'oedipal' relationship between Harris Ryland and his mother, Judith. Despite Hagman's unfortunate minimal appearance in the new series, the new storyline should pay homage to the late actor, and with the new characters, there should be plenty to keep us entertained.
If you really have the time and inclination to go back and watch 77 episodes...