Who shot Dallas? TNT did, but only after J.R. Ewing left the building. The TNT retool of the 1980s classic TV drama had something most second takes don't have--a big original irreplaceable star. Larry Hagman strode the planet like a TV-sized Elvis--as big and weird and successful a star in his genre as there ever was. You think Hagman wasn't a little odd? After his liver transplant in 1995, the actor decided that he would no longer speak on Sundays. And by all accounts he never uttered another word on a Sunday for the rest of his long life.
TNT made sure that when it relaunched Dallas it included Hagman, sort of the way new religions always remember to include a God. The series got off to a surprisingly good start and hoped to join the list of dramas that are now being called the golden age of television. But the 81-year-old Larry Hagman died during the second season. And as with Elvis, the enthusiasm waned when Hagman had left the proverbial building.
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