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Dallas’ Toasts Larry Hagman
with J.R. Ewing’s Own Bourbon
TNT is toasting the late Larry Hagman and the ruthless Texas oil tycoon he played on nighttime soap “Dallas” with J.R. Ewing Bourbon. Bourbon was the character’s drink of choice.
The four-year-old, 80-proof J.R. Ewing Bourbon is distilled in Kentucky and features a slightly fruity nose with hints of vanilla, oak sweetness and a touch of orange. Bottle comes with a wooden stopper and a screen-printed image of the show’s iconic Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewings.
The new brand of bourbon will initially launch in 14 states across the South and Midwest at the end of March to coincide with the third-season premiere of “Dallas” on Feb. 24. It will roll out nationwide in the following months and be made available for sale overseas by the end of the year.
“It’s exciting to have the show and J.R.’s legacy represented to the public in a new way,” said Dallas executive producer and writer Cynthia Cidre.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Television Group are producing the licensed product with Southfork Bottling Co. and Glazer’s Inc., one of the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributors.
Prairie Creek Beverages will market the bourbon to distributors around the U.S., while Melchers Group, a Dutch exporter, will handle marketing duties in international territories.
“Creating a brand of such high quality is reflective of J.R.’s thirst for the best in life, and the new brand really pays tribute to the character with whom everyone around the world is familiar,” said Andy Harmon, co-founder of Southfork Bottling Co.
“DALLAS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON”
Released on Feb. 11, 2014
Best extra: Taped interviews of “Dallas” cast and crew at PaleyFest 2013, an annual TV-centric event named after William S. Paley, founder of the Paley Center and CBS
ACTORS NOT ACTING? Viewers got a slice of that when “Dallas,” in its second season, had to deal with the real-life passing of Larry Hagman in November 2012. They were only five episodes into a 15-episode season, with Hagman reprising his role as America’s most notorious TV villain, J.R. Ewing, when the actor succumbed to cancer. After taking some time off,, the cast and crew gathered in 2013 and began rewriting the season to include J.R.’s death, with final episodes revolving around “J.R.’s Masterpiece,” his last-ditch effort to get back at Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval, who took on more screen time after Hagman’s death) and Harris (Mitch Pileggi), the men out to get his family.
Only J.R. can wreak havoc from the grave.
Warner Bros. does not disappoint on this four-disc DVD set, other than not releasing it in high-definition Blu-ray. The presentation is packed with three-and-a-half-hours of bonus features.
Top of the list is a cast and crew interview with Will Keck Sr., editor and columnist of TV Guide Magazine, at PaleyFest 2013, where Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) and Henderson are given a script from 1988 to read on the stage. Henderson is a good sport, using his best 5-year-old voice to act like J.R. and Sue Ellen’s toddler son. Patrick Duffy (Bobby) and Metcalfe also get a turn at an old script, where Christopher asks his father when his mother (Pam Ewing played by Victoria Principal) is coming home after a horrible car wreck burned 60 percent of her body. The interaction between Duffy and Metcalfe is priceless.
Still, for others, the feature-length commentary on the extended cut of “J.R.’s Masterpiece,” the death and funeral of J.R. with writer/executive producer Cynthia Cidre and producer/director Michael M. Robin (“The Closer”), might be a more enjoyable bonus. The episode celebrates Hagman’s life in the memorial held at the Petroleum Club in Dallas – a spot never filmed in any season of the show. The ceremony was attended by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, not to mention actors who played various roles in the past. Filmed soon after Hagman’s passing, Cidre and Robin talk about the funeral scene and how the response from each actor was genuine.
In “Memories of Larry Hagman,” cast and crew share more stories about a man who came to work every day, ready to play pranks and make everyone feel good.
Henderson said he learned a lot from Hagman over the course of the show’s two seasons, especially the way simple things made Hagman happy. Hagman is still the first on the morning call sheet – even though his status will always be listed as “on hold.”
Other bonuses include a handful of “Fashion Files,” some with Jordana Brewster (Elena) interviewing costume-designer Rachel Sage Kunin. What’s great about these interviews is seeing the actual costumes the characters wore. Kunin explains why she chose certain looks, textures, fabrics; deleted scenes, and the “Battle for Ewing Energies: Blood is Thicker than Oil,” reviewing the epic rivalry between the Barnes and Ewing clans. As Duffy says, as long as there are Barnes and Ewings alive, that feud will be raging.
Warner Bros.’ also shows Hagman giving a few short statements filmed before his death on coming back to play J.R., and how he and Gray and Duffy discussed it together, to come back together. The trio often had dinner together – and maintained close relationships after 35 years of working together.
Writers should be commended for coming up with a clever way – playing on the “Who Shot J.R.?” phenomenon of the past – of sending Hagman off with a bang, pun intended. In the end, we might not have figured out who pulled the trigger, but it all makes sense in episode 15.
TNT's 2012 dramatic re-launch/continuation of the Ewing family's story comes to DVD on January 8th with Dallas - The Complete 1st Season. Yes, this starts the season-set count all over again from the beginning with a new show, and new cast members...but the same ol' J.R. and Bobby! Sue Ellen is back, too, but Bobby's got a new lady he's looking toward: Ann, played by Brenda Strong.
Other familiar faces in the new show include regular cast members like Jordana Brewster and Mitch Pileggi. Plus recurring guests in the form of veteran Dallas cast members Charlene Tilton ("Lucy Ewing"), Steve Kanaly ("Ray Krebbs"), and Ken Kercheval ("Cliff Barnes")!
Southfork Legacy: Making Dallas Season 1 - Cast and creators discuss bringing the new Dallas back to TV.
Oil and Water: A Family Tradition - The drama continues with the new cast joining the original cast to discuss enduring appeal of the Ewings.
Back in Production - Go behind the scenes of the first day on set with the two JRs: Josh Henderson and Larry Hagman.
Dressing Dallas - Costume designer Rachel Sage Kunin reveals the new wardrobe for Dallas.
Who Shot JR? - Larry Hagman and other cast members reminisce about one of the most memorable storylines from the original Dallas.
Ewing Family Love Oak - Brenda Strong takes us behind the scenes to learn about the Love Oak and what it means to the new Dallas.
Pilot Commentary - Audio Commentary with Executive Producer & Writer Cynthia Cidre and Executive Producer & Director Michael Robin.
Above is a clip from "Extra" who interviewed Larry on the set of the hit TNT show “Dallas,” just weeks before his death from cancer.
March 15, 2012 - The Ewings return to Southfork Wed. June 13th at 9pm on TNT in a 2-hr series premiere, followed by a ten week run.
It's official! Larry got the call early Friday morning, July 8, 2011 from TNT that they are picking up Dallas. Ten new episodes will air next summer of 2012. They are scheduled to start filming in October of 2011. Check back here for the latest news! For now, we have the press release, as well as some early publicity photos.
Release Date: 7/8/2011
TNT Greenlights New Series DALLAS
TNT to Unveil Special Sneak Preview of DALLAS Monday
During Season Premieres of THE CLOSER and RIZZOLI & ISLES
New DALLAS Stars Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong,
Along with the Return of TV Icons Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray