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POSTED December 12, 2012 1:40 a.m.

• TNT: FUNERAL COMING FOR J.R. EWING ON NEW ‘DALLAS’: NEW YORK (AP) — J.R. Ewing will get a send-off with a proper funeral on “Dallas.”

TNT begins the second season of its “Dallas” revival next month. The network said Tuesday that it will hold a funeral for Larry Hagman’s memorable character at some point in the 15-episode season but that it hasn’t been filmed or scheduled yet. Hagman died at age 81 over the Thanksgiving weekend.

TNT spokeswoman Erin Felentzer says the network isn’t saying how Ewing will be killed off in the series. Hagman kept working until soon before his death due to complications of cancer, and will appear in several of the new season’s episodes.

Hagman’s character is a television icon dating back to the “Who Shot J.R.?” episodes in the 1980s.



• DISCOVERY ORDERS ITS FIRST SCRIPTED MINI-SERIES: NEW YORK (AP) — The Discovery network has ordered its first scripted miniseries and it isn’t much of a stretch. It’s about hunting for gold.

The series, titled “Klondike,” is about six strangers in the1890s whose lives intersect as they search for gold in Alaska. It is based on the Charlotte Gray novel “Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike” and production will start in March in Alberta, Canada.

Discovery currently has three reality series about hunting for gold, two based in Alaska and one in Ghana.

Discovery hasn’t named any actors involved or set an airdate.



• POPE’S SENSITIVE SIDE REVEALED IN CHILDREN’S BOOK: VATICAN CITY (AP) — A children’s picture book about the goldfish pond at the pope’s summer residence reveals a side of him few may know.

Every day while Pope Benedict XVI is on vacation at Castel Gandolfo south of Rome, he feeds the goldfish after praying by a nearby statue of Mary, tossing them pieces of bread.

The little-known factoid was revealed in “The Mystery of a Small Pond,” published Tuesday amid great fanfare.

The pope’s private secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, the heads of the Vatican Museums and Vatican publishing house, the author, and the caretaker of the pontifical villa spoke at the launch.

Gaenswein says the book reveals the “mystery” of Benedict, “who we all know is a great theologian with a powerful mind, but who has a very, very sensitive soul.”

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