Following TNT's successful Dallas relaunch, stars of the 1981-1990 CBS primetime soap Falcon Crest have been approached by one of the original show's writers about their interest in appearing in a reboot.
"There's not much I can say, for reasons that go beyond myself," original star William Moses said
"Warner Bros. owns the rights and so it's a discussion between them and the writers. There is a pitch and an idea germinating that has some traction. The producers contacted me to ask if I'd be interested, and I said yes. Where it goes on the producing side, I don't know."
"David Selby (Richard) and I speak periodically and are old friends and it would be fascinating for me to work with him again," says Moses, whose character exited the series after six seasons. "Life was too small for Cole in the vineyards, so he went to Australia to form a new life. Because the character was left open-ended, I would be curious to see what that boy became as a man. I can see him coming back to the valley with a chip on his shoulder."
So how would this work?
I liked Selby better on Flamingo Road.
All the good characters were killed off!
Chase, Maggie, Terry, Melissa, Angela (well not killed off, but Jane Wyman is longer with us)
Kristian Alfonso replaced Ana Alicia, while Wendy Phillips replaced Susan Sullivan. Strictly because both actresses were cheaper than the ones they replaced.
Oh please. Nobody cares about Falcon Crest. If they can't bring back Dynasty, then let it end with Dallas, which has been a decent reboot.
[quote] If they can't bring back Dynasty
The problem with that is Linda and Joan. They both want to do the show, but not with each other.
Now that SVU is winding down, will Mariska Hargitay reprise her role as Carly Fixx?
Weird, I had a huge crush to Lamas, but also to Susan Sullivan. When it was aired originally I was too young to watch it, but remember seeing the opening credits with Lamas' hairy chest. The same happened with Nader in Dynasty.
On "The Big Valley," it was MISS Barbara Stanwyck. Why no similar respect for Ms. Wyman?
Maybe they could just ignore the final season, so Maggie is still alive. The last season was such a disaster, anyway. If they shoot from March - July, Susan could do both. There was a double of Melissa that Ana-Alicia played for a few episodes, after the producers realized what a mistake they had made in killing her off.
Was Chase's body ever found? He went over the side of the boat, but was he ever found?
who says SVU is "winding down"? It's almost guaranteed for renewal.
Ugh, r14. That's from the awful final season. Hardly any of the good people are in it.
[quote] Was Chase's body ever found? He went over the side of the boat, but was he ever found?
He HATED doing the show. Every year they had a cliffhanger where his character was in peril. Because he was always threatening to quit the show. His contract actually expired at the end of season 5. But TPTB convinced him to return for one more year so they could write out his character properly. The sixth season they split up Chase and Maggie, and put Maggie with Richard.
[quote] On "The Big Valley," it was MISS Barbara Stanwyck. Why no similar respect for Ms. Wyman?
As long as she got top billing, she was fine with Starring Jane Wyman. Her top billing was in her contract.
That last season of Dynasty without Krystle was pretty damn good, so they could to it without Linda.
Kristian Alfonso ruined the last 2 seasons of FC. They rebuilt the entire show around her awful character, Pilar. Alfonso had to have been fucking one of the producers.
[quote] That last season of Dynasty without Krystle was pretty damn good, so they could to it without Linda.
They lured David Paulsen from Dallas to do a rejig on the final season of Dynasty. To shake things up.
[quote] Kristian Alfonso ruined the last 2 seasons of FC. They rebuilt the entire show around her awful character, Pilar.
The feeling was her DAYS popularity would translate into ratings.
[quote] Hardly any of the good people are in it.
The opening is good and Wendy Phillips is a superb actress.
I hated that cunt Chaoh Li. Apparently Jane Wyman thought very fondly of him and left him a BIG bundle in her will!
Oh, great, another stupid show old people will try to make themselves like.
Why did Ann Alicia leave?
So, is Lorenzo Lamas coming back.
I'm not aware of him doing anything else these days, so he should be available.
He's the only person who was on for the entire run of the series.
This is the best news EVER!
Joan and Linda would come back to a Dynasty reboot if it was a few episodes a season...but 13 episodes a year isn't for them. Joan is 80.
Funny, I regularly tuned this show in, but never watched Dallas. I just didn't like any of the characters on Dallas (even Pam and Bobby, the most likeable, worked my nerves).
Both Dynasty and Falcon Crest were campy and fun.
Maybe Kim Novak can make a cameo as Kit Marlowe? Too bad Lana is no longer with us...Jacqueline could return from the dead.
For me, the Season 1 titles remain the most effective if only just for the extended Bill Conti score and Knot's Landing/Dallas style multiple insert graphics for each cast member...it's just feels better branded.
[quote] Dynasty could work
It is all up to the Shapiros
Anne Archer was also on FC as a Maggie type character.
She quit in the middle of season 5.
Wendy Phillips was better than Susan Sullivan
Based on the last season of Dynasty, you don't need Linda Evans -- as long as you have both Joan Collins and Stephanie Beacham, who was the best thing ever to happen to that show in its later years. She and Joan are friends, too.
Wendy Phillips is hugely FAT now. It was a shock to see her in that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip show. And it doesn't matter how good she was, the final season stank, and the opening credits from that season are just a sad reminder of how bad it was,
Loved Laura Johnson's snark as Terry. They could say Terry never died in the earthquake, that Richard had her spirited away so he could gain control of her fortune. She could be living somewhere with amnesia.
Hell these are soaps, any of them could come back and we'd buy it.
[quote]Based on the last season of Dynasty, you don't need Linda Evans -- as long as you have both Joan Collins and Stephanie Beacham, who was the best thing ever to happen to that show in its later years. She and Joan are friends, too.
Not to mention Beacham is a better actress than Evans.
Also a plus is that the final episode had Beacham pregnant with Dex's baby which would make that child an adult now and perfect for casting along side LB, Kristina, Danny, etc...
Bring back Collins, Beacham, Gordon Thomson and have appearances by Oxenberg, Locklear...
Just no Kirby or Emma Samms/Fallon.
Evans didn't really bring much to Dynasty. Except maybe shoulder pads. Joanie C doesn't need her to make Alexis work.
Lamas would, of course, return to Falcon. He's not doing much anyway.
As far as the rest of the cast goes, I'd love to see Selby come back. And Ana Alicia.
William Moses? Nice body but not much else.
WHET William Moses' brother Rick who played Hutch, the hitman with a heart of gold, on General Hospital?
Why not do a remake with Joan Collins as Angela?
A FC reboot has to have Susan Sullivan, and especially Margaret Ladd as crazy Emma!
That credit clip you posted, R18 was the REAL "Falcon Crest." Not that credit sequence from the last and least season. Even the hotness of Gregory Harrison couldn't salvage the shit sandwich that was the final season.
Maggie can always be brought back as having staged her death and Chase's death was left open ended in the event that Foxworth decided to return.
If they could find a way to bring back Terry and recapture her chemistry with Richard that would be wonderful! She was the best wife/partner in crime he ever had. The two of them were a riot! FC really screwed up when they let Laura Johnson go.
Likewise when they let Ana-Alicia go. That sucked some of the life out of the show. She could come back as Samantha or Melissa who had been masquerading as Samantha after her breakdown(LOVED that storyline, but not her dying).
The big problem---what to do without Jane Wyman? Her appearance on the last few eps of that final season made it FC again.
When I was 10 I was obsessed with everything "Purple Rain" and Falcon Crest was my favorite show....can you imagine how my little gay brain exploded during THIS episode?!
I can certainly see a Dynasty reboot being easier to pull off, than one of FC.
I gather Collins and Beecham actually are on good terms so that would solve a lot of problems. And Season 9 was one of the best seasons of the entire show.
R10 Linda may have invested well but perhaps could make the occasional visit for the right price. Didn't she make some cheesy infomercial for a face-lifting machine?
R54 See R7
And Joan, your face has been rebooted one too many times already. No one wants to see it in HD.
You need a new bitch for a FC reboot? I can play it! As long as no sex is involved.
I don't see how an FC reboot would work withou Jane Wyman and Susan Sullivan. Would Kristian Alfonso be willing to come back and head up the project?
I always thought Dallas v Dynasty should have a been a mini series with John Ross and Christopher in a love triangle with Krystina Carrington. Krystina would be about 29 now? The show could revolve around her, not Krystal. And there are tons of Carrington cousins, Little Blake, Danny, etc who can get in the mix. Didn't Fallon have a daughter while on the Colbys? Oh, and please NO Emma Samms this time. Pamela Sue Martin shows up at a ton of Dynasty fan events and she would definitely play Fallon.
Well they are in talks with David Selby to head up the project. You can't do Richard, without his new wife Lauren (Wendy Phillips).
She was good, and I would say even better than Sullivan as the female lead. You can only do so much with crap material.
The last season of FC was produced by the team that created and produced 24
R54 Have you ever considered a beauty surgery? It could get you starring role in FC.
How do we get Susan Sullivan back?
[quote] How do we get Susan Sullivan back?
The character is dead. Wendy Phillips replaced her.
Deal with it.
R64 Sullivan is easy to write back. They just give her lines. Deal with it.
Wendy Phillips replaced her as David Selby's new leading lady.
R66 Then David will get back her first leading lady with Sullivan.
[quote] David will get back her first leading lady with Sullivan.
But his first leading lady was Shannon Tweed.
Lorenzo now looks like shit.
1 of his sons would be a better fit.
One of his ex-wives would agree with you, R69.
Pamela Sue Martin looks good at 60, but Susan Sullivan looks REALLY good at 70.
Jane Wyman isn't looking to great these days, though.
Re a "Dynasty" reboot: Krystina should be a bitch. Much like St. Marlena on DOL, saintly Krystle birthed a trollop.
The best looking nighttime soap diva is Donna Mills. Whoever did her surgery deserves an award.
And you don't know how it pains me to admit that.
Battle of the Network Stars + William Moses + speedo + baby oil = semen.
as Angela Channing
In addition to being too old, Jane Wyman is also too dead.
I'll do it! I was hoping to take over the role after my story arc, but Jane wasn't ready to let it go. Oh, shit, I can't. I'm dead too.
Fuck this being dead shit! Are you bitches ACTRESSES or not! I never let anything stop me!
Interesting how Samantha Eggar has the same And Samantha Eggar as "Maggie" billing at the end that Susan Sullivan got. I wonder if she'd kept the role, if she would have done the "turnaround" or if that was Susan's own unique contribution?
Wendy Phillips did a better head turn.
Not sure a reboot works with Falcon Crest. The show has a lot less followers than Dallas so they would have to try harder finding brand new viewers. I am also not sure a show about the wine business can be done again. Even back then they had a hard time making it look interesting.
Maybe they should start with a 6 episode mini-series to test the waters and hopefully maintain the spirit of the original show.
I agree with R88
Dallas has a brilliant premise and the blue-print of the show allows it to be generational.
With Dynasty and FC, less so. Evidenced by the fact that they had to constantly create new siblings (Adam, Amanda Dynasty) and male characters to be connected to the main family
On FC it was Richard Channing. Not an original cast member first he was the bastard child of Douglas Channing. Then he was Angela's son.
On FC they do have sibling/cousins next generation.
They have Michael Channing and Kevin Gioberti. Growing up as brothers, but are actually cousins.
You can set up the old Channing/Gioberti conflict. Both of them fighting for the land. With Richard as the patriarch overseeing everything.
This will never happen for many reasons. FC doesn't have the brand recognition that Dallas has. The audience advertisers try to reach never heard of it. Selby and Moses are too old and aren't household names. I could go on and on.
R79 It looks horrible. They surely did right, when casting new Chase and Maggie / Foxworth and Sullivan. Chase was played here by Clu Gulager? What? Perfect name for porn.
Ok if you queens insist on Susan Sullivan maybe she can replace Wendy Phillips and play the new Lauren.
Richard and Lauren can be the head of the family, with Kevin Gioberti and Michael Channing battling each other for control of the land.
Don't forget crazy, homicidal Julia.
This scene between Wyman and Turner is beautifully staged. It's almost like watching "Gone with the Wind" in its sheer spectacle of characterisation:
*fade to black*