The Washington Post

TNT puts second-season ‘Dallas’ episodes online before JR funeral

Larry Hagman (SVEN HOPPE/EPA)

 In theory, the online episode viewing will get more people to jump back in to the show in advance of  episode No. 7 — in which Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing character finally hands in his dinner pail.

 (In real life, Hagman, 81, died last November at a Dallas hospital of complications from cancer.)

When the basic cable network’s reboot of the broadcast-TV soap came back for a second season in January, only 3 million people tuned in — a series low and quite a plunge compared to the nearly 7 million who’d caught its first-season unveiling last July.

 In “Dallas'” March 11 episode — called "J.R.'s Masterpiece" — the Ewing clan reels upon hearing of J.R.'s death, and is even more shocked to learn the cause, TNT promises.  Goody!

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