I was surprised to hear this.The new Season of "Dallas" premieres next month on TNT. J.R. Ewing WILL be in it..Upon hearing of Hagman's death, I expected the show to be cancelled, but he continued to work until very near his death.

He passed away from cancer over the Thanksgiving weekend at age 81.

He will subsequently appear in several episodes of the new season. There will be a funeral for the flamboyant 'JR' at some point in the season. The episode has yet to be filmed, or scheduled, according to network spokespersonErin Felentzer.