Larry Hagman is on the mend.
Decked out in his signature J.R. Ewing cowboy hat during a presentation for TNT’s “Dallas” continuation at TCA on Saturday, Hagman told reporters that his cancer treatment is “going well.”
Hagman admit that he initially took time off from the drama to undergo treatment, but now he’s back to shooting on a regular schedule. “They’re not writing me out by any chance,” he joked. “I’ll be working every day.”
In October, Hagman revealed he’d been diagnosed with a “highly treatable” form of the disease.
In “Dallas,” Hagman reprises his role as oil baron J.R. Ewing. Joining him from the original series are Patrick Duffy, who played J.R.’s younger brother Bobby, and Linda Gray as J.R.’s alcoholic wife Sue Ellen Ewing.
Hagman said he’s thrilled to be reunited onscreen with two of his closest friends. “How many people you know working at eighty years old and doing a job they love with the people they love?” he asked.
More so, how many octogenarians do you know who are still getting slapped around? “Yesterday we did a scene and she [Gray] gave me my first slap,” he confessed, adding, “It was great. I had it coming.”
“Dallas” premieres in summer 2012.
Watch the trailer for the new “Dallas”: