This makes Hagman’s passing difficult for fans to comprehend. And it raises an obvious question: During the new season of TNT’s ‘‘Dallas,’’ which begins Jan. 28, will J.R. have to die?
On some level, his fate seems unavoidable. But for viewers who have hate-loved J.R. for decades, there’s a different answer: Thanks to Larry Hagman, J.R. is forever.
EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier