Bel Geddes, who played Ewing family matriarch Miss Ellie, died in 2005, and in the first Dallas broadcast since her passing, her screen son Bobby will be seen visiting the character's grave.
Viewers will be told Miss Ellie died in 2001.
Patrick Duffy, who steps back into his role as Bobby when the show relaunches in the U.S. in June (12), tells TVGuide.com, "Barbara is a big piece of our history, and it's important to me to honour her. To come back with Linda (Gray) as Sue Ellen and Larry (Hagman) in his J.R. hat, and then see the words ELLIE SOUTHWORTH EWING FARLOW on the gravestone made me think, 'Oh, that's right - she's gone.' It was hard to get through the dialogue."
Duffy reveals producers have also factored in a nod to Jim Davis, who played Miss Ellie's husband Jock Ewing until his death in 1981, by asking designer Richard Berg to paint a portrait of Jock and Miss Ellie which hangs in the family home at Southfork Ranch in the new series.
Duffy adds, "He captured Jim and Barbara in a look to each other that is unbelievable. That painting is actually alive and gives me a nice feeling that they're always there. Through the whole first season, I don't think an episode goes by that Mama is not mentioned in reference to Southfork and the land."
Gray and her fellow castmates were rumoured to have frequently argued onset, but the actress insists there were never any bust-ups - because the stars were so focused on their work.
She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "People don't like to read that we got along, it's more newsworthy that we hated each other and we were bitchy. But we weren't kids when we started, we were older - we didn't behave like that.
"We had home lives, children and responsibilities. We went to work like normal people go to work. It's nonsense that there was any bitchiness. I was very close to Barbara Bel Geddes, who played Miss Ellie. She was from New York, she was away from her family and she missed her home life and so we bonded.
"She was a very good friend. I knew Larry (Hagman) from watching him on I Dream of Jeannie and I thought, 'Oh it must be a comedy if he is in it, this Dallas show!' Well, we laughed so much it could have been a comedy."
Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Mel Gibson have now joined the list of names scrambling to play Jr. Ewing in an upcoming movie version of classic TV show Dallas. While the producer insists no casting decisions will be finalized until the script is rewritten, John Travolta has emerged as one of the favorites to play ruthless oil tycoon Ewing, originally portrayed by Larry Hagman. And sources say that Gibson is considering vying for the role, while Costner wants to see a rewrite first. The movie, to be directed by Robert Luketic, also has Jane Fonda named as the likely candidate to take on the role of the late Barbara Bel Geddes' matriarch Miss Ellie. The favorite to play Sue Ellen, originally portrayed by Linda Gray, is Catherine Zeta-Jones, but Demi Moore and Jennifer Lopez also want to nab the role, according to Daily Variety. For the role of Victoria Principal's Pamela, Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon have been eyed, while Lucy, portrayed on the show by Charlene Tilton, has ignited hopes for Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore. Article Copyright World Entertainment News Network All Rights Reserved.
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Anne Robinson, host of the popular TV quiz show The Weakest Link, was met by some 150 members of the League Against Cruel Sports near London on Saturday. Robinson was headlining an event to raise money for the Vale of White Horse hunt, Reuters reports. Protesters waved banners and wore masks of the tough-talking host while chanting, "Weakest link, cruelest link." The league does not believe that Robinson, an avid supporter of fox hunting, should be using her celebrity status to support hunting.
Winners of the Golden and Silver bear awards for best film, best director, best actor and best actress will be announced Sunday evening as the Berlin Film Festival draws to a close. Out of the 23 films from around the world that competed, Catherine Deneuve's 8 Femmes (Eight Women) was picked by German film critics as the best film, Reuters reports.
Paul McCartney has reportedly been offered $4 million to play a gig at Las Vegas' MGM Grand. According to BBC News, McCartney is being lined up to replace the canceled fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson, which was to take place on April 6.
It seems as though Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has gotten off the street and taken to the water. Carter bought a 13-meter offshore racer with two 750-horsepower engines, which he plans to race in the American Power Boat Association's 2002 circuit in the United States and Canada. The 22-year-old, however, will not be in the boat--his father, Bob Carter, will be the pilot. The Nick Carter Racing team will debut April 28 in Daytona Beach, Fla., The Associated Press reports.
Tennis vixen Anna Kournikova has dumped her beau, Russian hockey player Sergei Fedorov, and replaced him with Latin pop crooner Enrique Iglesias. The two met while filming Iglesias' video "Escape" a few months ago and were seen "canoodling" while shopping on Fifth Avenue recently, PageSix.com reports.
Olivia Harrison, George Harrison's widow, has barred her former brother-in-law from selling items she alleges he stole from the late Beatle's Bel-Air home in the 1970s. Carl Roles, who was once married to Olivia's sister, Linda Arias, claims he received permission to remove the items from the house and denies he ever tried to sell them. The memorabilia includes records, photographs and 10 boxes of clothing, the AP reports.
Blaming excessive costs, the BBC has quit talks to buy future episodes of The Simpsons. Although it is one of BBC2's biggest family draws, the network said rival channels have pushed the price of licensing fees to ludicrous levels. According to Ananova, episodes of the show will continue airing on BBC until the end of 2006.
An exhibit entitled Secrets from the CIA, KGB and Hollywood opened at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library near Los Angeles on Saturday, displaying real and fictional spy gadgets. Among the 4,000 props and gizmos on display are the shoe phone used by Don Adams in TV's Get Smart and the tarantula that threatened James Bond in Dr. No.
Country singer Waylon Jennings was laid to rest Friday, following a private graveside service in Mesa, Ariz., the AP reports. Jennings died Wednesday at his home after a long battle with diabetes-related health problems. His widow, Jessi Colter, said she hopes to disclose plans for a public memorial service in Nashville next week.