The broadcaster will allow viewers to catch up with the first seven episodes, of the second season, before the on-screen funeral of the iconic character. This will allow new viewers, who will be tuning in just for the funeral episode, to get to grips with the storylines and new characters.
The on-screen funeral of J.R Ewing will see the return of original series actors Deborah Shelton and Cathy Podewell as well as Ted Shackelford. Shelton will be reprise her role of J.R’s mistress, and Sue Ellen’s (Linda Gray) nemesis, Mandy Winger – the character was also girlfriend to Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) before she tired of his treatment of her.
Cathy Podewell is reprising her role of Cally Ewing; the second wife of J.R. Ted Shackelford is returning to Dallas as Gary Ewing; the brother of J.R, Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and half-brother to Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly). Shackelford played Gary in the original series of Dallas and spin-off Knots Landing alongside Joan Van Ark as Valene Ewing; the actress will return to Dallas later in the season. Also expected to appear in the funeral episode will be Ray as well as J.R’s niece, and Gary’s daughter, Lucy (Charlene Tilton).
The character of J.R is being written out of Dallas in a “whodunit” storyline in a nod to the original series storyline ‘Who Shot J.R?’.
As TNT’s Dallas prepares to lay the iconic J.R. Ewing to rest, viewers will have the unique opportunity to catch up with the hit series online. TNT will make the first six episodes of Dallas Season 2 available for online viewing at http://tntdrama.com and through the TNT mobile app. The seventh episode of the season will join the pack on March 5, the day after it airs on TNT. All seven episodes will remain available for online streaming through March 12, the day after the episode featuring J.R.’s funeral premieres. Dallas airs Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. This special offering by TNT means that viewers will be able to catch up with the entire season-to-date.
In Dallas’ March 11 episode – entitled “J.R.’s Masterpiece” – the Ewing clan comes together to say goodbye to J.R. Ewing, who, after a lifetime of scheming and dealing, has finally met his end. The Ewing family reels at hearing the news about J.R.’s death and is even more shocked to learn the cause. Striving to set aside their differences, J.R.’s family comes together to mourn his passing, accompanied by many characters from his past. But their tears are soon overpowered by a shocking revelation worthy of one of televisions most iconic characters. In life – and now in death – nothing is ever as it seems when it comes to J.R. Ewing.