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article image'Dallas' actor Larry Hagman diagnosed with cancer

By Leigh Goessl     Oct 14, 2011 in Entertainment
Larry Hagman, in an exclusive with TV Guide, has shared he has been diagnosed with cancer. Doctors have told Hagman that the cancer is a "highly treatable" form, but the actor has not specified what kind of cancer he has been diagnosed with.
Hagman, who is perhaps best known for his portrayal of J.R. Ewing on the massively popular "Dallas" series, is currently working on TNT's new "Dallas" series.
TV Guide reports,
"As J.R. I could get away with anything — bribery, blackmail and adultery," Hagman said in a statement.
"But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer. I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series. I could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love. Besides, as we all know, you can't keep J.R. down!"
According to TV Guide, Hagman, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, is scheduled to return to work on Oct. 17 when production for the new show begins. At this time "J.R." is scheduled to appear in the first four initial episodes, but due to not knowing what Hagman's treatment schedule is going to be, it is not known whether the actor will need to take time off. TV Guide reports the first season is scheduled to wrap up at the end of January, and insiders say there is a good chance Hagman can "continue on the show in some sort of capacity" for the first season.
The new show, often referred to in the media as a 'Dallas reboot', is scheduled to begin airing summer 2012 on the TNT network. The pilot had been shot last spring on location in Dallas, Tx. and the new show was subsequently picked up and given the green light for a full season.
The original "Dallas" series went off the air in 1991 after a successful 13-season run. For the new show, Hagman will be reuniting with former co-stars, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, for the new series and reprising the roles of their popular alter-egos along with several other original alumni from the first "Dallas" series.
The new series will focus on the next generation of feuding Ewings, with Josh Henderson playing John Ross, Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher, and Jordana Brewster as the female lead causing conflict between the two Ewing cousins. Reportedly the cousins' parents will play pivotal roles in the show.
About Hagman's diagnosis, TNT and Warner Bros. issued a joint statement which said, "Everyone at Warner Horizon Television, TNT and the entire Dallas family completely supports Larry Hagman during this time. We look forward to watching Larry once again work his magic by bringing one of television's most interesting, complex and controversial characters back to the screen in the new Dallas series."
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