Larry Hagman and his co-stars drew nearly 7 million viewers for TNT's Dallas reboot this summer. The cable series - in which Hagman once again played Texas oilman J.R. Ewing - was scheduled to return for a second season on January 28, 2013, though questions have been raised about the future of the show following the actor's death aged 81 on Friday (November 23, 2012).
A source close to Dallas who insisted on anonymity told the Associated Press that Hagman's death makes things difficult for the show to continue. It is known that Hagman had completed filming on several episodes before his death, though season two is yet to be wrapped up, giving producers a headache. The sources acknowledged that show bosses have yet to establish how they would address J.R's departure from the show, which widely revolved around Ewing's presence. The show's writers have already begun work to try give the legendary character a fitting send-off.
Following its June debut, Dallas scored the No.1 scripted series premiere on cable television in 2012. As well as original stars Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, the reboot welcomed Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing and Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing III.