Larry Hagman's tragic passing on November 24 served a double blow to the cast and crew of TNT's Dallas. Not only had they just lost a dear friend, but they also had to come up with a way to write J.R. Ewing off the show without derailing their planned storylines.
Today, TV Guide Magazine reports that the 2012 redux will take a page from the seminal series' most iconic moment and have J.R. Ewing murdered by an unknown assailant towards the middle of the show's upcoming second season.
This, of course, pays a haunting homage to the "Who Shot J.R." cliffhanger from Dallas' 1980 season finale. The ensuring storm of speculation that swirled throughout the subsequent summer led to the highest-rated TV episode in U.S. history (at the time) with an estimated 83 million people tuning in for the season premiere, Who Done It? -- which was higher than the number of voters in that year's presidential election.
Dallas premieres January 28 on TNT.