TNT exec: "It sounds a bit morbid but Larry Hagman's death will help Dallas' ratings"


It’s a plot even one of TV’s most notorious villains would be proud of.

At least one member of TNT brass is banking that the death of Larry Hagman, who played the twisted Texas oilman J.R. Ewing on “Dallas,” will fuel the show’s ratings when it returns for a second season next month.

“Sure, it sounds a bit morbid, but (Hagman) spent most of his life working in show business and would probably have understood,” a high-ranking network exec told the Daily News.

Last season, the “Dallas” reboot averaged 6.1 million viewers — a huge success by cable standards.

Even if Hagman had never found fame as J.R. on “Dallas” in 1978 and again when the kitschy drama was rebooted last year, he would have been fondly remembered for playing opposite Barbara Eden on the 1965 sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie.”

But it was the “Dallas” cliffhanger at the end of the 1980 season - when someone (and there were many suspects) shot him, leaving his fate unknown until the following fall.

You had to be living under a rock that summer to have not heard the catchphrase, “Who shot J.R.?,” which appeared on bumper stickers and T-shirts and in countless comic routines.

A rep for TNT said the network was mourning the loss of Hagman and was horrified that the executive had spoken out of turn.

“All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman’s passing,” the rep said.

“He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor. We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”

No in actuality what you just said was really douchy