Who Doesn't Mourn J.R.?
Sad news. Larry Hagman has died, but for most of the world that has ever watched a TV set, he isn't the hapless husband dreaming of a genie (though he was that), or the troubled alcoholic who suffered various medical ailments (that too) but the ultimately iconic figure of J.R. Ewing - arguably the most popular anti-hero (okay, villain) of all time on American television, and by extension, globally. It is hard now to comprehend, but once Dallas was an event of the first order, in terms of popular culture; and its recent enjoyable second coming is now in doubt. Let's hope the show runners were as devious as their best character, and plotted a way to keep things going without their eminence gris. Hagman, you'll be missed. You put Texas on the map for a billion people.