"Linda Gray was my favorite female co-star," he said. "She was the greatest leading lady I've ever worked with. She was here for 12 years. There was a lot of electricity and a lot of subtle work between us. We would always find pieces of the story that weren't written into the script. She was the best (female co-star) so far in my life, but hopefully there'll be others."
As has frequently been the case with the series, three major characters have been added to the cast for this season. Kimberly Foster turned up last Friday as April Stevens' sister, the show's new femme fatale ; Michael Wilding debuted as an art dealer who will develop a romantic interest in J.R.'s wife, and Sasha Mitchell will soon be introduced as a man who claims to be J.R.'s 21-year-old illegitimate son.
Hagman, who since last season has been co-executive producer of "Dallas" with Leonard Katzman, is upbeat about this season's story and glad to be rid of some of his character's vulnerabilities that surfaced last year.
Apparently gone are scenes such as one last season when J.R., while traveling in Vienna, atypically rebuffed the advances of a glamorous European aristocrat who had been his former lover. The oilman's philandering had been tempered by his marriage to a much younger woman, played by Cathy Podewell.