Star’s death leaves ‘Dallas’ in question
With a premiere that drew nearly 7 million viewers in the summer, TNT’s splashy “Dallas” reboot seemed primed for success in its second life. The cable series — in which Larry Hagman reprised his role as the legendary Texas oilman J.R. Ewing — was slated to return for a second season Jan. 28.
Hagman’s unexpected death at age 81 Friday, however, leaves the future of the show in question.
Sources close to “Dallas” who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly said this weekend that Hagman had completed filming on several new episodes before his death and would appear in Season 2.
But the sources also acknowledged that the show’s producers hadn’t yet established how they would address J.R.’s departure from the cable series, which widely was thought to revolve around Hagman’s portrayal.
The show’s writers and producers are said to be working to give his character a proper send-off.
At the time of its June debut, “Dallas” scored the No. 1 scripted series premiere on cable in 2012.
Chris Brown deletes account after feud
R&B singer Chris Brown has taken down his Twitter account after a vulgar online exchange with comedian Jenny Johnson.
Johnson says she’s now receiving death threats on Twitter from Brown’s supporters.
The fight started when 23-year-old Brown posted a picture of himself, saying he looked old. Johnson replied: “I know! Being a worthless piece of [expletive] can really age a person.”
Brown fired back a series of crude sexual jokes. Johnson posted a link to a news story about Brown’s 2009 assault on singer Rihanna.
Before deleting his account, Brown wrote: “Just ask Rihanna if she mad??????” The on-again-off-again couple have been seen together recently.
A representative for Brown’s record label didn’t immediately respond Monday to an email seeking comment.
Brown had 11.6 million followers on Twitter.
Anna Nicole Smith daughter a model
The 6-year-old daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith is walking in her mother’s shoes, taking a starring role in the spring ad campaign for Guess Kids.
Guess? Inc.’s creative director Paul Marciano says in a statement that Dannielynn Birkhead has the “same playful spirit” that her mother would carry onto a set.
The brand hired Smith in 1992, and she appeared in its sexy denim-wear ads through 1993. She was a relative modeling unknown at the time, although earlier in 1992 she was on a Playboy magazine cover.
Smith died in 2007.
Dannielynn’s campaign also stars Peyton Edmunds, the daughter of music-industry veteran Babyface. The ads were shot on a Malibu, Calif., beach, and they’ll start appearing in magazines, on billboards and on buses beginning in January.
US blocks performer’s visit to Bahrain
Andrew W.K. won’t be taking his party to Bahrain after all.
The American performer announced on his website that he had been named a cultural ambassador to Bahrain, where he’d promote “partying and world peace.”
He had been tentatively invited by the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain to visit the country, but the State Department had second thoughts.
Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday that the invitation to 33-year-old singer of songs including “Party Til You Puke” had been rescinded by senior U.S. officials because they deemed him an inappropriate choice for outreach in the conservative Muslim kingdom.
Vindicator wire services