One of the original stars of one of the most famous series ever on TV, ‘Dallas,’ is battling cancer.
"Larry Hagman has been diagnosed with cancer, but doctors have told him it’s a highly treatable form that might not impact his return as TV baddie J.R. Ewing on TNT’s upcoming ‘Dallas’ reboot, writes our good friend Michael Schneider at TVGuide.com.
Schneider adds, "Hagman, who turned 80 last month, is still set to report to work [today, Monday, October 17, 2011] when production begins on the revived primetime soap. Hagman is confirmed to appear in at least the first four episodes, and it’s likely he’ll appear in more beyond that. It’s unclear whether he’ll need to take any time off while undergoing treatment. Insiders say there’s a chance that he’ll be able to continue on the show in some sort of capacity throughout the first season, which wraps production at the end of January."
Furthermore, according to the article, Hagman himself had this to say in a statement: "As J.R. I could get away with anything — bribery, blackmail and adultery. 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!"