Tonight at 9 p.m. marks the second-season debut of "Dallas," and the question on everyone's mind is what's going to happen with J.R., since portrayer Larry Hagman died Nov. 23 from cancer complications.
Well, we have some clues for you. Skip this segment if you prefer to be surprised.
Hagman shot a number of episodes for the season before his death. So we'll be a few episodes in before we see what happens. It appears TNT is taking a page from the original series' playbook to explain J.R.'s sudden demise.
TV Guide Magazine reports that J.R. will be murdered by an unknown assailant toward the middle of the second season. The plot, of course, is reminiscent of original program's "Who Shot J.R." cliffhanger.
"We all felt having J.R. die of natural causes would have been completely inappropriate, not only to the character, but also to Larry Hagman," exec producer Cynthia Cidre told TV Guide.
Look for J.R.'s funeral around the eighth episode, currently set to air March 11.
Catch up on the first season starting Saturday morning at 7 a.m. (four episodes), midnight Sunday (five episodes) and midnight Monday (five episodes); or watch them online at dallastnt.com.
Do you think killing off J.R. is the right way to go? Whom do you peg as his killer? Send your thoughts or any TV question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 'Fringe' finale
Margaret writes, "Dear Bill, I was thrilled to see my questions about 'Fringe' published along with your answer. It's the first time I've ever received a response to a query.
"I watched the entire finale on the edge of my seat, fearful that one of the main characters would die. The ending was superb because it wasn't an end but a new beginning, even though Peter didn't understand the meaning of the white tulip. (Of course, anyone who had missed the relevant episode would have also been clueless.) I seldom cry over TV shows, but I did for the finale.
"I hope you are correct about a film in the future. 'Fringe' was actually the only show I watched on Friday evening. And the only show I've ever viewed on Fox.
"Is there a place where I could contact the stars of 'Fringe?' Because in my opinion they were all superstars and I'd just like to congratulate them. Although I've never bought a series of any kind, I made an exception in this case. I already own seasons 1-4 and can't wait for season 5's release on DVD."
I couldn't agree more, Margaret. The finale was so satisfying, that I'd almost prefer they didn't do a feature film.
If you don't own the DVDs, you can catch up on previous episodes on the Science Channel, not to be confused with SyFy; including the episode which explains the meaning of the white tulip.
As for contacting the stars, that's a little more difficult now that the series is no longer in production.
There are lots of popular fan sites out there and you can like them at facebook.com/fringe and tell them how you feel. Often stars will read fan posts. You might also check the Web for fan sites and Facebook pages devoted to each actor. Oftentimes you'll find resources to help you connect with the stars.
Where's 'Most Wanted?'
Rose asks, "Is 'America's Most Wanted' shown in Naples? If it is what channel can I find it on? Also, why is neither channel 111 nor 179 listed in the programming? Thanking you in advance."
Although currently not airing, the cable channel Lifetime brought the series back from the land of cancellation in March 2012, ordering 20 new episodes. The series airs Fridays at 9 p.m. Check amw.com for new segments being posted and to find out when the series returns, once the announcement is made.
Not sure what you mean about channel 111, Investigation Discovery, and channel 179, Game Show Network, not being listed; I assume you mean in the newspaper.
It's a case of too many channels, too little print space. Do check out our more comprehensive TV Listings at naplesnews.com under the Entertainment tab.
Seeking Sports radio
Jim asks, "Do you know the local number on the dial for NBC Sports Radio 24/7. I cannot locate it."
You'll find a list of stations at nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/48828049/ns/sports-radio/. According to the site, WWCN AM 770 airs sports updates from NBC Sports Radio, but none of the popular programs.
The good news is the site I mentioned above allows you to listen to NBC Sports Radio online.
'Apt 23' evicted
Bad news for fans of "The B---- In Apartment 23." ABC has yanked it from the Tuesday schedule. Look for double runs of "Happy Endings" until the next cycle of "Dancing With the Stars."
Eight episodes remain unaired.
Series star James Van Der Beek took to Twitter last week to express his gratitude to ABC for taking a chance on the series:
"Sad to say ABC has pulled #Apt23 and will not be airing the 8 remaining episodes any time soon. Translation: we've basically been canceled."
Vieira in talks
Rumor is Meredith Vieira, the former co-host of NBC's "Today" show, is in talks with another division of NBC Universal about hosting a syndicated talk show.
Vieira recently announced she was leaving the daytime game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
Another rumor is the syndicated wing of NBC is looking at her to replace struggling "Jeff Probst." But that show will likely not return this fall and the earliest Vieira's show could launch is 2014.
The new show could put her in direct competition with former "The View" cohorts in many local markets.
Until next time, stay tuned.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at email@example.com. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.