Entertainment Weekly‘s July 27 2012 features the return of J.R. Ewing and TNT’s hit reboot of Dallas with Larry Hagman on the cover Hagman is an film and television actor known for playing J.R, Ewing on the Soap Opera Dallas. He had also appeared in I Dream of Jeannie.
In the issue: Dallas had premiered June 13, 2012 at it has gone to No. one, and picked up for a second season.
On this week’s cover, EW explores TV’s most improbable success story of the summer.
“It’s almost dream-like,” laughs Patrick Duffy, who along with Larry Hagman and Linda Gray, and newcomers Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, and Julie Gonzalo, anchor the new incarnation. “And God if I wake up and find out I’m playing some gnarly grandpa in a sitcom somewhere, I’m going to be so pissed off,” Duffy adds. (And for those pissed off Bobby and Pam fans, executive producer Cynthia Cidre explains why she didn’t want to bring back Victoria Principal. “No, no, no, no,” she says. “What angle could I possibly play in the relationship?”)
The dream took a nightmarish turn two days before Hagman was due on set when he called his long-time best friend Duffy with news of his cancer.
“I told him, ‘You bastard. I just got a good job and you’re going to bail on me,’” says Duffy. “The nerve of you dying at the apex of my career. Unacceptable.’” Hagman worked through his entire chemotherapy and radiation treatment, infusing J.R. with the same gleeful mischief audiences love to hate. Shortly before the show’s premiere, his doctor pronounced him cancer-free. “Hagman looked me in the eye and said ‘Whaddya think, 10 seasons?’” says TNT president Michael Wright.