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This October 2012 photo released by TNT shows actor Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing in a scene from "Dallas." Hagman, who died of cancer at 81 the day after Thanksgiving, was diagnosed in 1992 with cirrhosis of the liver from a life of heavy drinking and, three years later, when a malignant tumor was discovered on his liver, successfully underwent a transplant. The series returns for a new season on Monday at 8 p.m. CST on TNT.(AP Photo/TNT, Skip Bolen)

'Dallas' returns with J.R. Ewing's final schemes

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J.R. Ewing wouldn't hesitate to cheat his fellow man. He also famously cheated death.

In the second-season finale of “Dallas” back in 1980, he was shot by an unknown assailant in his office and left for dead. But he recovered nicely, and the cliffhanger question that gripped the nation (Who shot J.R.?) was answered that November in an episode seen by 80 million viewers.

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