People: Larry Hagman, Kelsey and Camille Grammer, Rose Byrne and Bobby Canavale
Kelsey and Camille Grammer, shown arrriving at the Tony Awards in 2010, are having trouble co-parenting, according to her.
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How do you say goodbye to a towering TV icon? "Dallas" fans will find out early next year with the funeral of J.R. Ewing.
The larger-than-life fictional oil tycoon will be laid to rest in the eighth episode of the TNT soap's second season, which is tentatively scheduled for March 11, E! News reports. The news comes less than three weeks after star Larry Hagman -- who played J.R. on both CBS's original '80s incarnation and TNT's hit reboot -- died from complications of a recent battle with cancer at age 81.
Since then, producers have been working to figure out a proper send-off for the character, and by extension, Hagman, who had completed filming on at least five episodes of season two, which premieres Jan. 28. While it's rumored that several classic "Dallas" characters will return to pay their onscreen respects, no guest stars have officially signed on yet, according to a source.
Another mystery: How exactly will J.R. perish? Will the character simply pass away peacefully at his beloved South Fork? Or might producers opt for a grander exit, one that gives a tip of the cowboy hat to the original series' greatest cliffhanger, "Who Shot J.R.?" According to a source, that's a detail producers are keen to keep top secret for as long as possible.
Kelsey and Camille Grammer's bitter split has led to a fragile co-parenting relationship that Camille says is all but broken -- marred by an almost complete lack of communication made even worse, she claims, by a weird rule Kelsey has at his home, People reports.
"They're not allowed to say my name in the house," the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star, 44, says in an interview that aired Tuesday on "Anderson Live." "These poor kids, my daughter and my son, can't say my name in their father's house."
"I think they can say 'Mom' or 'The other household,' " she adds. "But they can't say my name. They can't say 'Camille.' "
She says she consulted her lawyers to see if she could do anything about it. "I said, 'What's my recourse in this? What do I do as a parent?' " she says. "It must be stressful for them to not be able to say their mother's name. But there is no recourse because we already settled our custody."
A rep for Kelsey had no comment on the claims.
More generally, Camille says co-parenting daughter Mason, 11, and son Jude, 8, is a daily struggle -- mostly, she claims, because she wants to be amicable about things and Kelsey doesn't.
"It's very difficult to co-parent with somebody that won't speak to you, text you or email you," she says. "I've reached out to him. I think it's very important to be amicable to raise children, and he refuses to. There's just so much I can do at this point."
Asked how they do communicate, she replies: "It's usually through lawyers. So, we are spending a fortune just to try to co-parent, which is ridiculous."
Elsewhere in the interview, Camille says she and Kelsey are still not officially divorced -- even though they split in 2010, and he has since married Kayte Walsh -- because, she claims, he still hasn't signed the papers.
"Release me! Set me free!" she says. "You're married; you have a child. We are going to meet before a judge again very soon, so hopefully this time it will be over."
New couple alert?
Rose Byrne and "Boardwalk Empire's" Bobby Cannavale clutched hands as they surreptitiously made their way through the crowd inside the Hall of Ocean Life at New York's American Museum of Natural History Monday night, People reports. Although the duo never posed for pictures together on the red carpet, they looked to be very much together and enjoying each other's company at a bash to celebrate IFC's hit comedy "Portlandia's" upcoming third season (Jan. 4, 10 p.m. ). (When asked if they were dating, Byrne's rep had no comment.)
The soiree, which began with a screening of two upcoming episodes from the series and an introduction by its stars and writers, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, continued into the vast ocean-themed room, lined with hundreds of models of sea creatures and bathed in purplish-blue lights with a 94-foot-long blue whale hung from the ceiling.
A who's who of the comedy world stars -- Martin Short; David Cross and wife Amber Tamblyn; and most of the current cast of "SNL" -- mingled in the large room, chatting with each other and with fans (there was no separate VIP section) and grabbing drinks from the large bar in the center of the room or nibbling passed hors d'oeuvre such as bite-sized waffles with Camembert cheese.
Former "SNL" star Andy Samberg stuck near his longtime girlfriend, indie harpist Joanna Newsom, who also talked with fellow musician David Longstreth (of the Dirty Projectors) whose music blared over the speakers. Much like the show, which often includes guests from the music world, the party's soundtrack came from a diverse array of artists, including recent Grammy nominee Frank Ocean.
Meanwhile, Brownstein, in very high heels, and Armisen played perfect hosts, talking with their guests, such as rocker St. Vincent, and circulating around the party, which also featured funny signs referencing jokes from the show.
Other stars at the bash, which stretched on past 11 p.m., included: Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino; Kyle McLachlan (who plays the fictional mayor of Portland on the show); Questlove; and comedian Jim Gaffigan.
First Published December 12, 2012 12:00 am