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"Dynasty II: The Colbys" finally on streaming!

Someone finally put good quality copies of the full episodes on YouTube, thank goodness -- the box set DVDs are $70-80.

It was a pale spinoff of "Dynasty," but it had its moments, especially anything with Stephanie Beacham. The garden party where she tells Katharine Ross "I don't give a damn about YOU or your BASTAHRD -- you SLUT!" is worthy of the original.

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by Anonymousreply 12702/27/2021

OP here. No one wants to discuss it?

I've watched the first 8 episodes. Really not as bad as it seemed in the 1980s. Stephanie Beacham is marvelous -- she nails both the soap campiness and manages to squeeze in actual emotion, which Joan Collins never was able to do. And Emma Samms' version of Fallon works better here than it did in Dynasty.

Maxwell Caulfield couldn't act in a community theater production, but he wasn't cast for that. Every episode has him in tiny tennis shorts or shirtless. He looks like a young George Peppard. Katharine Ross is terrible, period. And since it's set in 1980s California, there are some hilariously hideous "high end" workout outfits.

Poor Barbara Stanwyck's health varies from episode to episode. In some she's frail but fine; in others she delivers her lines braced on a chair and seems to have trouble speaking.

As 1980s camp goes, it's fine. I've streamed worse during the pandemic.

by Anonymousreply 102/11/2021

Did Claire Yarlett ever act again?

by Anonymousreply 202/11/2021

A bit, nothing major. But she's in her mid-50s and aged spectacularly well.

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by Anonymousreply 302/11/2021

The theme song was spectacular. I’ll link later.

by Anonymousreply 402/11/2021

I think I quit watching when Barbara Stanwyck left? It was sort of fun—Sable was great, but Charlton Heston and Katharine Ross sucked.

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by Anonymousreply 702/11/2021

Thanks, OP. I watched it about 15 years ago on SoapNet but I just might watch it again. Of course, it will probably get pulled now that you posted it here.

IIRC, some things worked, and a lot of things (*cough*Emma Samms*cough*) really really really didn't.

Stephanie Beacham was the big casting find. She was fabulous as Sable and she really brought some life back to Dynasty, which had been left on the operating table years ago after a botched lobotomy, when she joined that for the final season.

by Anonymousreply 802/11/2021

[quote]Stephanie Beacham was the big casting find. She was fabulous as Sable and she really brought some life back to Dynasty, which had been left on the operating table years ago after a botched lobotomy, when she joined that for the final season.

She would have been a fantastic Alexis. I prefer her to Joan Collins.

by Anonymousreply 902/12/2021

Beacham was fabulous. You can understand why they wanted to keep her for Dynasty.

by Anonymousreply 1002/12/2021

One of the things I loved was Beacham tossing her fur coat in the opening credits. You knew right away the bitch was gonna be epic.

by Anonymousreply 1102/12/2021

I'm sure Katharine Ross is a nice woman, but boy, was she out of her element as Frankie.

by Anonymousreply 1202/12/2021

[quote]One of the things I loved was Beacham tossing her fur coat in the opening credits. You knew right away the bitch was gonna be epic.

She does it with the elan of a woman telling her maid, "I'm cleaning out the closet, do you want this?"

by Anonymousreply 1302/12/2021

R13 roflmao. Exactly!

by Anonymousreply 1402/12/2021

One of the big problems with the Colbys was the cast was too large. The show wasn’t that far removed from Dynasty in terms of stories (the parent show did them tighter and better) but even an hour was too short to accommodate everyone on the show. Stanwyck thought she would have a role similar to Jane Wyman on Falcon Crest and wasn’t happy when it didn’t pan out. But she started to have memory issues and quit after one season. Agree that Beacham was a standout. Emma Samms was horrible. The show should’ve revolved around Jason, Connie, Sable, Jeff and Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin in the perfect world). Jason and Sable had too many kids. As a teenage gay, I loved the opulence and over the top quality of it though.

by Anonymousreply 1502/12/2021

But where are the Dynasty episodes??

by Anonymousreply 1602/12/2021

Did they try to get Pamela for this? I think she would have been better suited for The Colbys.

by Anonymousreply 1702/12/2021

My friend and I would watch it every Thursday night, and we both LOVED Sable.

We were 16.

by Anonymousreply 1802/12/2021

When will "Dynasty III: The Cheddars" be available on streaming?

by Anonymousreply 1902/12/2021

[quote]Jason and Sable had too many kids. As a teenage gay, I loved the opulence and over the top quality of it though.

Bliss and Miles should have been the twins. Miles and Monica had no similarity or chemistry at all.

And "Bliss" is one of the most hilarious first names in the Dynasty universe, perhaps second only to "Caress."

by Anonymousreply 2002/12/2021

Was this something that our dear G was on? I can never keep track.

by Anonymousreply 2102/12/2021

Remember when Fallon willingly took off in a UFO?

by Anonymousreply 2202/12/2021

I started watching. I’m sadly hooked. LOL THANKS OP.

by Anonymousreply 2302/12/2021

R17 yes. They always wanted Pamela back, even when Jeff and Fallon went back to Dynasty, but she always said no. Emma was a disaster from day one and audiences hated her. They turned Fallon into a frau for pretty much Emma’s entire Colbys Dynasty run, which was the complete opposite of the character.

by Anonymousreply 2402/12/2021

Emma Samms -- love her as Holly, but she is the worst recast of a female on a soap ever. Worse than Donna Reed.

She's up there with John Bolger as Phillip; MISCAST

by Anonymousreply 2502/12/2021

Claire Yarlett played Dr. Jenna Jacobs on the West Wing;

Martin Sheen as the president reamed her over gay rights.

I love this scene.

She and Sheen both were quite good in it.

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by Anonymousreply 2602/12/2021

[quote] Emma was a disaster from day one and audiences hated her.

Well, I mean.... the character is not supposed to be British. That is just the beginning of what was wrong with her, but it should have been enough.

by Anonymousreply 2702/12/2021

Emma is Australian.

by Anonymousreply 2802/12/2021

You never know what you're going to get when you cast toddlers and then they grow and have to have actual lines and be little actors. That said, you'll want to light a match whenever "L.B. Carrington" has to speak, he stinks so bad. "Little House on the Prairie" Carrie level bad.

by Anonymousreply 2902/12/2021

R28. No. Sutton is English.

Emma Samms was born on August 28, 1960 in London, England

by Anonymousreply 3002/12/2021

I started watching it now. I hope this doesn't get pulled off YouTube. I'd rather be watching Dynasty. I remember season 1 of Dynasty was actually quite clever. Although Dynasty became a celebration of wealth in later seasons, it almost started as the opposite, with an almost satirical take on the depravity of the wealthy. Of course, 75% of the social commentary was gone by season 2, and none of it remained in season 3, and not even a trace of it made it anywhere near "The Colbys."

Even though this is certainly a knock off version of Dynasty, it's still more watchable than 90% of what's on TV nowadays. I love the music, the establishing shots, the dialogue where the characters don't sound like idiots and the men don't sound like valley girls, the wardrobe, the decorum. The sets! Jason has a full bar with liquor and glasses and a bookshelf in his office.

The first 10 minutes were quite boring, but it finally comes alive once Sable reveals her hate boner for Jeff to Constance and we get the sense that this interloper will be a continuing source of drama for Sable.

I see what someone was saying above about too many characters, though. Why does Constance need a boyfriend? Isn't Ken Howard playing Dominique Devereaux's baby daddy? Why does he need to be on this show and not Dynasty? And Jason and Sable really don't need three kids.

by Anonymousreply 3102/12/2021

Ricardo Montalban and Charlton Heston were both still very fuckable in 1985.

by Anonymousreply 3202/12/2021

Beacham was so desperate to be Joan Collins but could not even come close to pulling it off.

by Anonymousreply 3302/12/2021

[quote]I love the music, the establishing shots

Just as on "Dynasty," an establishing shot could include the Eiffel Tower and Marcel Marceau in whiteface juggling with a baguette under his arm, and a title card would still proclaim

[bold]PARIS[/bold]

in case it wasn't obvious.

by Anonymousreply 3402/12/2021

R34 lmao.

by Anonymousreply 3502/12/2021

R33 Hi, Joan.

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by Anonymousreply 3602/12/2021

Joan refused to have anything to do with the spinoff, believing it would dilute the original. Did any other actors join her in that and consciously avoid The Colbys?

by Anonymousreply 3702/12/2021

"I know that you're very upset about Sean -- but there's a whole world out there! It's full of hideous music, GHASTLY clothes, and dreadful young men for you to bring home to shock us! Now: is there anything I can do for you?"

by Anonymousreply 3802/12/2021

Watched this a few months back when it first dropped. Brought back so many childhood memories.

Bliss might as well have been in her own show. She was barely featured with her family, and rarely knew what was going on with them.

Katharine Ross was so, so bad. Just terrible. When you're out-acted by Maxwell Caulfield, it's time to pack it in.

Not that Max needed to be a good actor. So damned hot.

There were several scenes of Heston attempting to fight, and he always looked like he was about to break a hip.

John James continued to play Jeff as a self righteous asshole. At least he got to be the man in his marriage this go round, however. Pamela's Fallon had a bigger dick than he did.

Tracy Scoggins started out as bad as Ross, but her acting improved greatly by Season 2 -- and thank goodness, since she had a big storyline that season.

I loved Emma Samms (I was 9 when the Colbys premiered) but watching now, I realize how miscast she was. She remained British the entire time, boring, and in constant need of rescuing. I would have liked her to play the Fallon who fucked football teams. I've seen Emma play vixen -- she could have pulled it off.

I keep seeing people comparing Sable to Alexis, but there is no comparison, IMO. Alexis never really seemed to give a damn about her children, other than lip service, especially when it came to Steven, her favorite. She and Adam conspired together, but there was no real warmth there. And I just know that if Alexis and Pamela's Fallon ever fell for the same guy, Alexis would cut that bitch without a second thought (did they ever like the same guy before? Maybe I'm wrong here. I wouldn't mind finding out that Alexis had a heart.)

Meanwhile, I can't imagine Jason or anyone else being able to pay off Sable to stay away from her kids. Or scare her off. Or make her feel guilty enough to ever be away from them. Or any myriad excuses Alexis had for remaining out of her children's lives. Sable had her faults, but the woman was a mama bear to a damned fault. She stanned for her kids -- especially Miles -- and gave no fucks who got in her way regarding their well-being and future. Sable spent the entire first season mad at Connie because Sable believed she had the right to tell Connie how to spend/bequest her own damned money! Sable was determined that Miles get that stock -- not Jeff -- and fought both Connie and Jason bitterly over it.

I just don't recall Alexis giving much of a fuck about her kids. If she did, Collins played it so bitchily, so casually, that I missed it. In fairness, I haven't watched Dynasty since it ran on SoapNet, so if Alexis showed any warmth in an orifice that wasn't her pussy, I've probably forgotten.

Collins made Alexis a bad bitch, a fighter, a tough business woman, for sure. Pure entertainment. Fun to watch. A sexy woman with masculine qualities.

Beacham's Sable had heart and soul. I cared about her. Even when she was misguided, I felt for her plight. She was a lover and a fighter, and she was usually fighting for something/someone she loved. A sexy woman with feminine qualities.

Both were great.

by Anonymousreply 3902/12/2021

R37 Linda Evans was probably another one. She didn’t come right out and say she was boycotting the show like Joan, but when Jeff and Fallon married, Krystle and Alexis weren’t there due to Denver being fogged in or something like that. Alexis I could understand, but wouldn’t Krystle be on the same flight as Blake who was there?

by Anonymousreply 4002/12/2021

R39 Fallon and Alexis both fucked Mark Jennings, Krystles ex.

by Anonymousreply 4102/12/2021

Thanks for the link, OP. I watched 'The Colbys'a few years ago on another YouTube channel, and I let out a very gay gasp when Sabella fainted in the doorway (in her fur coat, of course) when Jason threw her out of the mansion. I must've replayed that scene a dozen times.

From all that I've read, Heston, Stanwyck, and Ross all only signed on for the $$$. Stanwyck soon realized it was trash and asked her friend Aaron Spelling to be released. Ross stayed on because they provided an on-set nursery and the work wasn't very demanding, and Heston was getting paid more than God to play Jason Colby. I think even he was relieved when it was cancelled. Beacham was the breakout star and crossed back over to 'Dynasty' when they cut Dame Joan's eps in the last season as a budget saver.

by Anonymousreply 4202/13/2021

That's right, R41. Was Alexis in love with Jennings? Or was he simply another in a long line of toyboys? Was Alexis aware that Fallon had slept with him? If so, did she care?

by Anonymousreply 4302/13/2021

The theme is fantastic. Beacham was the best, better than Joan when she went to Dynasty. Stanwyck was totally unused, screen legend with not one good storyline.

by Anonymousreply 4402/13/2021

R43 After Alexis found out he was fucking Fallon, Alexis made it seem like Mark and her had just slept together. Mark got out of the shower and Alexis was in bed in a dress but she looked like she was nude with the comforter pulled down so Fallon could see her bare shoulders. And then she walked in (Alexis must’ve known Fallon was on her way). It was Alexis and her twisted way of getting Fallon out of his life. So in her own way she cared lol.

by Anonymousreply 4502/13/2021

I want to see this show Connie that Beacham was in before Dynasty. Sounds fascinating.

by Anonymousreply 4602/13/2021

I believe the excuse for Alexis and Krystle not appearing at Fallon and Jeff's wedding was that both were ill.

by Anonymousreply 4702/13/2021

R47 no it was weather related.

by Anonymousreply 4802/13/2021

Thank you, R48. Either way, it's pathetic. I guess Blake took an earlier flight, or was already in California? And what could Krystle have possibly been doing that required her not to fly with Blake?

by Anonymousreply 4902/13/2021

R33 Beacham was the best thing about the whole affair.

Joanie was never more than a third rate Liz Taylor.

by Anonymousreply 5002/13/2021

R50 I wouldn’t go that far. Beacham was effective and understood the camp factor of both shows, but I would’ve cast an American actress as Sable. Another British bitch was just too obvious for me. Angie Dickinson, Faye Dunaway, and Elizabeth Ashley all turned it down. Elizabeth Montgomery was offered the Frankie part, but Montgomery would’ve been perfect as Sable. Dunaway too.

by Anonymousreply 5102/13/2021

About the Emma Samms mis-cast dilemma: There is an interesting interview with David Paulsen who took on Dynasty for its last season. It's a very long interview, about many shows, not just Dynasty. This is the part about Emma Samms:

When I first got the show and started screening the episodes to see who was popping off the screen and I saw Emma Samms, I thought to myself, she's a beautiful young woman, but she's stiff – with a British accent- in Denver? I couldn't buy that. And I'd heard that her predecessor, Pamela Sue Martin - I'd heard the audience loved her. And the audience did not like Emma. And so I started thinking, "What if?" And came up with an idea to bring Pamela Sue Martin back in a rather interesting way that would have shocked the audience.

But first I wanted to meet with Emma. I called her, she came into my office and I said, "My God, this a beautiful, charming young woman. Bright, intelligent, funny. But none of that's on the screen." I asked her why. She said she didn't have anything to work with. And I thought she was right. I thought "If we can capture who Emma really is, then we have a character people will like." So, I made some changes in her wardrobe, brought in a coach to get rid of her accent. And decided to give her a love interest who would kind of bring her character down to earth. So we created the character of Zorelli. And it brought her to a reality that the audience had not seen.

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I don’t get why there’s a massive wave behind Charlton Heston as Jason in the opening. He wasn’t a surfer. It should have been a shot of the Colby chopper flying over the Pacific. Or maybe a ahotgun.

by Anonymousreply 5302/13/2021

Oops, I meant a shotgun.

by Anonymousreply 5402/13/2021

Emma was great as Fallon on Dynasty's last season. They had her play it t he way Pamela Sue did in the first 2 seasons.

by Anonymousreply 5502/13/2021

R52 Interesting. Linda Evans was written off to get more money for the production. Joan’s episodes were cut for the same reason. He was also ready to write Alexis off and to make Sable a lead but the series ended before it. He prefered Beacham to Collins, and so did I! Dynasty was so boring during its first season that even one note actor Collins was able to lift it up. Her Alexis was very popular but I always thought Joan was over rated.

by Anonymousreply 5602/13/2021

Joan Collins was actually pretty good in her first season. Then the writers figured out what traits she played best and wrote to those traits. She wasn't challenged anymore until the last season.

by Anonymousreply 5702/13/2021

Ungrateful bitches, mocking my acting chops here. I am still light years ahead of that Evans blonde one.

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by Anonymousreply 5802/13/2021

Constance would have been better cast as the real Colby matriarch -- Jason's mother, rather than sister. (Stanwyck was born in 1907, Heston in 1923.) Then Sable would have been fighting her mother-in-law, and the Colby young adults would be her grandchildren.

I wonder if that was ever the plan and Stanwyck wanted it changed.

by Anonymousreply 5902/13/2021

[quote]I don’t get why there’s a massive wave behind Charlton Heston as Jason in the opening. He wasn’t a surfer. It should have been a shot of the Colby chopper flying over the Pacific. Or maybe a ahotgun.

That's a good point. So many of the men had phallic symbols in their opening credits -- Blake's towering building, Ben's gushing oil well, Adam's gushing Champagne bottle, Garrett Boydston's big cigar.

I always laughed at trampy Sammy Jo's credit with a big circular bank vault opening up behind her.

by Anonymousreply 6002/13/2021

Why was Pamela Sue Martin was so opposed to reprising Fallon ? Surely they would have paid her a ton to play the romantic lead in a Dynasty spinoff...and its not like she had other roles coming through at the time.

by Anonymousreply 6102/13/2021

R60 I think it has something to do with them living in Malibu

I love Dominique's credit - laying her cards down with the casino in the background.

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R61 Pamela has always been flighty. She left the Nancy Drew series too. She was also battling hair loss and cystitis at the time she left the show. And she was having issues with her marriage. Her official reason was she tired and stressed of dealing with the fame of the show. Plus she disliked the glamour show aspect of it vs the skewering of the rich when the show started. They offered her a spin off before the Colbys and she turned them down. I can’t really see Pamela playing Fallon as the frau on the Colbys anyway like Emma did. She wouldn’t have been cool with that. The producers tried a few times to get her back including the reunion but she always said no.

by Anonymousreply 6302/13/2021

I'm on episode 3. Emma Samms is just terrible. And why did they pick the name "Randall"? It's so annoying. But seriously. Did they not make her audition/screen test for the role? Did they not realize she is completely incapable of speaking with an American accent? Sometimes it doesn't even seem like she's trying to.

Maxwell Caulfield had one hell of a bod. I wish they had made him just a little bit more of a ditzy mimbo playboy.

The only time Monica is interesting at all is when she's flirting with Jeff. It would have been SO wrong, but they should have gone there.

Bliss/Claire Yarlett is really stunning and the best actor out of Jason/Sable's kids.

The show is [italic]almost[/italic] great but just missing that extra oomph. They just tried to do too many things and they tried to make it too much like Dynasty. But it's definitely watchable.

by Anonymousreply 6402/13/2021

And what is with Emma's dumpy wardrobe? It's terrible.

by Anonymousreply 6502/13/2021

Emma Samms was quite good on Season 9 of Dynasty. Fallon was no longer written as a boring victim and more like Fallon of the early seasons. But Samms on Colbys and Season 8 of Dynasty was just painful to watch. Stiff, dull, no charisma and stuck with a dull character. Even Karen Cellini showed more life when she took over the role of Amanda from Catherine Oxenberg in Season 7 of Dynasty though she was badly miscast as well as she didn't have an iota of Oxenberg's cool hauteur.

by Anonymousreply 6602/13/2021

Yes, she was fine on season 9 of Dynasty. I'm particularly fond of her catfight with Sammy Jo when they fight over Jeff but then realize in a fit of giggles that neither of them want Jeff. But unless someone wants to put Dynasty season 9 on YouTube I'll probably never see it again.

by Anonymousreply 6702/13/2021

And why is Frankie American but Sable British? Did they just think accents were carried on recessive genes or something?

by Anonymousreply 6802/13/2021

For r67. Nothing is ever lost.

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Maxwell Caulfield has almost a transatlantic accent in this, and I absolutely love it. He could have been great if the writing was just a little bit better.

by Anonymousreply 7002/13/2021

Thanks R69. In season 9, they made Dynasty fun again. Shame it was too little too late.

by Anonymousreply 7102/13/2021

Too bad it took so long for Emma to settle into Fallon. She was a total score on General Hospital as Holly, and had great chemistry on-screen (and off) with Tristan Rogers. Having to replace the popular PSM in a poorly written revamp of Fallon opposite a vanilla John James stacked the deck against her for sure...

by Anonymousreply 7202/13/2021

Who names a chick Randall anyways?

by Anonymousreply 7302/13/2021

[quote]And why is Frankie American but Sable British? Did they just think accents were carried on recessive genes or something?

They make reference to Frankie growing up in L.A. while Sable grew up in England, but it's further muddled by the fact that Frankie now lives in London and commutes back and forth to L.A.

by Anonymousreply 7402/13/2021

[R60] I think it has something to do with them living in Malibu.

And yet, the Paul Wilson designed Hilton mansion they used in the opening credits and for locations was in Holmby Hills.

by Anonymousreply 7502/13/2021

Emma did improve in season 9, but every time she was onscreen , even season 9, I always thought ugh we are stuck with this actress. Dynasty had its share of fuck ups since its glory days, but I always thought losing Pamela was the biggest.

by Anonymousreply 7602/13/2021

Some hilarious fuckups -

At the end of S1E13 Charlton Heston backhands Maxwell Caulfield, but they forgot to dub in the sound later and you can see just how phony the "slap" was.

At the beginning of E15 a furious Maxwell Caulfield peels out of a parking lot recklessly in his sports car, but the cars on the freeway behind him are moving in sped-up motion.

The Shapiros were never sticklers for verisimiltude, either in the writers' room or in the direction.

by Anonymousreply 7702/13/2021

For handful of people who watch the New Dynasty: How do both shows stack up? Is Dynasty II better than New Dynasty? Or should both be dumped and forgotten?

by Anonymousreply 7802/14/2021

Colbys is much better than Nu Dynasty. Nu Dynasty is so bad you have to see it to believe it. It had some semblance of at least being enjoyable trash at first. But the writers and actors have just completely given up and it’s become a live action cartoon.

by Anonymousreply 7902/14/2021

The Colbys theme music is great...but so very similar to Falcon Crest and Dynasty. Guess Bill Conti didnt want to stray too far from his proven formula.

This interview offers insights into his approach...

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by Anonymousreply 8002/14/2021

Samms is intriguing in a car crash manner. Miscast, badly dressed, coiffed, and an an American accent she never nails down. She's as watchable as the parade of bad wigs (Heston, Montalban, Stanwyck). Weirder is she's at the forefront for any nostalgia money spinning event such as the upcomng Zoom.

by Anonymousreply 8102/14/2021

We have Tori Spelling to blame who suggested to her father Emma. I truly don’t know wtf they were thinking by casting her. Total opposite of Pamela and Fallon in every way. It’s really two different characters before and after Pamela left.

by Anonymousreply 8202/14/2021

R80 The theme song is excellent. I especially love the closing credits version with the extended trumpet section.

R81 Someone behind the scenes seemed to have had a grudge against her, between the wardrobe that makes her look like a middle aged hausfrau and the awful writing. She accused Adam of rape and the psychiatrist reasoned that she did it because she has an incestuous attraction to Adam... how humiliating.

by Anonymousreply 8302/14/2021

Maxwell Caulfield is a lot of fun when he's chewing the scenery and especially when he's threatening Jeff.

Ricardo Montalban is the perfect 80s soap villain in the mold of Stefano diMera. I wish they hadn't given him such a stupid name as Zach Powers.

by Anonymousreply 8402/14/2021

The incest theme runs heavy on The Colbys. Fallon gets amnesia over the shame of incestuous feelings for Adam. Bliss comes on to cousin Jeff then gripes how all the hot guys are off limits. Jeff gets acccused of doing it with cousin Monica, albeit on season 9 of Dynasty.

by Anonymousreply 8502/14/2021

[quote]The incest theme runs heavy on The Colbys. Fallon gets amnesia over the shame of incestuous feelings for Adam. Bliss comes on to cousin Jeff then gripes how all the hot guys are off limits. Jeff gets acccused of doing it with cousin Monica, albeit on season 9 of Dynasty.

As long as Jason and Connie don't start doing it, I'm willing to play along.

by Anonymousreply 8602/14/2021

I'm tearing thru these pretty fast. I will definitely be done with season 1 by Friday. Having no life helps :) Is season 2 anywhere? IIRC, there was a hot Russian ballet twink on season 2.

by Anonymousreply 8702/14/2021

Dynasty also played with the incest thing as well, finally going full on incest with the Leslie and Clay storyline when it was revealed after they hooked up that Clay was actually the son of Leslie's father. Drama insued briefly, though it was near end of season 7 and Ted McGinley's Clay was about to exit the show.

by Anonymousreply 8802/15/2021

R88 I think almost every soap did

Days of Our Lives multiple times

by Anonymousreply 8902/15/2021

Joan Collins is not a good actor. (well, not much.) Stephanie Beacham is a MUCH better actor. But watching early clips of Dynasty on Youtube, it's hard to imagine anyone else as Alexis or at least giving us the Alexis we fell in love/hate with and who saved Dynasty from the chop. Maybe it was the cartoony way Dynasty was written, it was a great fit for Joan's acting skills. Beacham has this this softness, hurt, vulnerability in her eyes. She's too real or too human for a character like Alexis. Of course she could dress up, spit out Alexis's lines no problem and it would work but I think Joan's Alexis works better. And Collin's has flawless diction and her cut glass accent.

by Anonymousreply 9002/15/2021

Kate O'Mara's character was the most non-sensical in Dynasty. They brought her to the show to ruffle Alexis' feathers and nothing else. When they realized that they had no idea what to do with the character she was sent back to prison. Then they brought her back for reasons I don't understand only to find out that they still didn't know what to do with Caress, and they dumped her again.

It was a symptom for Dynasty's greatest weakness. Everything was planned for big PR, nothing was planned to advance drama.

by Anonymousreply 9102/15/2021

The UFO was the beginning of the end.

by Anonymousreply 9202/15/2021

'The Colbys' jumped the shark about the 2nd episode, but nothing (besides the UFO) beats Bianca Jagger guest starring. This clip is in a foreign language, but it still showcases her lackluster acting skills.

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LOL, R93, lackluster Bianca and wooden Heston. What a terrible scene! I remember being so excited for The Colbys. Within a few episodes, it was clear it was just a dull bore.

Emma Samms really was terrible as Fallon. By the late 1980s, I lamented the use of so many daytime soap actors who just couldn't cut the mustard in primetime. Samms was one, Kristen Alfonso on Falcon Crest was another. Jack Coleman was terrible as Steven when Al Corley had given the character so much heart. So often those daytime soap actors just didn't work.

by Anonymousreply 9402/15/2021

[quote] Jack Coleman was terrible as Steven when Al Corley had given the character so much heart.

I loved Al Corley, but at least Jack Coleman kept the Steven character’s fuckability. Steven was a total top BTW.

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by Anonymousreply 9502/15/2021

Jeff is revealed to be the son of Charlton Heston. So he gets accused of screwing his half sister Monica by the tabloids. Eww!

by Anonymousreply 9602/15/2021

I wasn’t too keen on Corley and his acting ability. But I do admire him for insisting on making Steven full on gay or just leaving the show. Of course he chose to leave. Coleman was the sharper actor, but could be TOO sharp at times without the sensitivity, but he was still my favorite Steven.

Beacham gets a lot of love, especially on the Dynasty and Colbys blogs. I still prefer Joan, but Sable was a perfect foil for Alexis and Connie on both shows.

by Anonymousreply 9702/15/2021

Emma discusses having "long COVID" in Patsy Stone's favorite magazine. She certainly has aged well.

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by Anonymousreply 9802/15/2021

24 seconds of pure gay heaven, courtesy of Sable.

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by Anonymousreply 9902/15/2021

From what I've seen in interviews Stanwyck loathed Heston with a white hot passion. She wasn't too fond of the younger actors, either. She adored Beacham who she made share a dressing room with her so they could have daily lunch.

Caulfield was also hated by cast and crew alike as being arrogant and problematic on set.

Heston called Beacham as soon as he became ill and told her that he wanted her to know (before he lost his memory of her) that he loved her.

by Anonymousreply 10002/15/2021

Miles actually had to utter the line, "Bliss, you live up to your name!" If I were Maxwell Caulfield I would have prayed for the earth to open up and swallow me whole right there.

by Anonymousreply 10102/15/2021

[quote] I wasn’t too keen on Corley and his acting ability. But I do admire him for insisting on making Steven full on gay or just leaving the show. Of course he chose to leave. Coleman was the sharper actor, but could be TOO sharp at times without the sensitivity, but he was still my favorite Steven.

I actually like them both... I thought both were fuckable and could act. But Corley definitely benefited from much better writing for the character than Coleman had. Steven was the character whose lobotomy hurt the most, because he was such a complex character in the first two seasons. The way he loved his family in spite of the way they treated him was so tortured and tragic. Then with Jack Coleman he was just another Carrington except he sometimes fucked dudes and sometimes fucked chicks. But still fine as fuck.

by Anonymousreply 10202/15/2021

In episode 17, Fallon looks stunning in a sexy red dress. It's the first time since the beginning of this series she hasn't looked completely frumpy.

by Anonymousreply 10302/15/2021

[quote]R33 Beacham was so desperate to be Joan Collins but could not even come close to pulling it off.

Oh, she was a better actress than Collins by FAR and created a much more rounded character.

Incidentally, Our Faye was first offered this role, but she held out for too much money.

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by Anonymousreply 10402/15/2021

^^ oh sorry. I see this was covered in R51.

by Anonymousreply 10502/15/2021

R104 a lot of fans feel that about Beacham. I don’t see why Sable and Beacham are so worshipped. Sable was simply a bitch who’s husband cheated and left her, then she tried to cozy up to Zach Powers, Blake and Dex for awhile. Period. Not saying she wasn’t effective at times, but Joan had more levels and to play as Alexis and at least worked for a living. Sable did shit except spend money and fuck.

by Anonymousreply 10602/16/2021

R98 I thought it is Faye Dunaway! R100 interesting

by Anonymousreply 10702/16/2021

Beacham never had as good writing as Collins had in season 2 of Dynasty. There were so many mysteries and layers about Alexis in Dynasty season 2 -- plus she intentionally caused Krystle's miscarriage which is by far more fucked up than anything Sable did, or Abby on Knots Landing did. Alexis was a very fascinating character. Something that had never really been seen on TV before then.

Collins definitely made Dynasty a hit, but she had very good writing to work with in season 2 of Dynasty, which is perhaps the best overall season of *any* 80s primetime soap. Beacham fought her way from a member of the ensemble in The Colbys season 1 to getting the "And..." credit in The Colbys season 2, but despite her best efforts wasn't able to make The Colbys a hit and wasn't able to save Dynasty in season 9.

I love both Collins and Beacham. But there's a reason Collins is a legend legend and Beacham is a DL legend.

by Anonymousreply 10802/16/2021

This review seems to be suggesting that season 2 of The Colbys is better than season 1. I guess I'll see. I'm almost done with season 1 and headed straight for season 2 when I'm done. There hasn't really been a second of this show where I wouldn't rather be watching Dynasty.

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I'm rewatching the series and forgot about [spoiler alert below]

...I forgot about Sabella backing over poor Connie (Barbie Stanwyck) in her Mercedes. Stanwyck must've already been begging to be let out of her contract. I think she dies later in a helicopter crash or something.

by Anonymousreply 11002/17/2021

R108 I think you nailed it. The British bitch had been done to the hilt by Collins. By the time the Colbys debuted the audience was like “yawn”. Beacham did try, but I always thought not having Pamela Sue Martin on the show really set it back from day one. Monica was the Fallon like character, but little of the charisma. Like I’ve said previously, the cast was too large and it was too similar to Dynasty. Knots Landing lasted a long time because it wasn’t a Dallas clone. Throwing in some elements from the parent show, yet making it different is a hard task. But the Colbys WAS more entertaining than Dynasty was in that two season time period.

by Anonymousreply 11102/17/2021

I finished season 1. It was like a mediocre season of Dynasty. It was actually worse than I thought it was 15 years ago when I saw it on SoapNet.

I realized Hutch/Joseph Campanella left halfway thru the season and I didn’t even notice. That’s how insignificant his role on this was. Lol. But apparently now his character is dead along with Connie/Barbara Stanwyck. I can see why she left. Connie ended up being a nothing role, really.

Fallon is pregnant from getting raped by Miles. This is just like the storyline where Adam raped Kirby and she got pregnant on Dynasty. Jeff was also married to the pregnant Kirby. IIRC, it actually turns out to be Jeff’s baby, but that really doesn’t make sense, because Jeff and Fallon didn’t get back together until a few episodes after Miles raped Fallon.

Monica crashed her plane. Lol. I guess they weren’t sure she was coming back or if they wanted her back?

I’m so happy Sable told the police Jason pushed her down the stairs. He so had it coming. The season ending with police cars tearing him away from that ho Frankie is wonderful.

On to season 2! It’s also on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 11202/17/2021

[quote]There were so many mysteries and layers about Alexis in Dynasty season 2 -- plus she intentionally caused Krystle's miscarriage

And then sneered, [italic]"Poor Krystle — the empty-armed madonna ... "[/italic]

Trust me, gay gasps were heard from coast to coast that night.

by Anonymousreply 11302/18/2021

R113 LOL!

by Anonymousreply 11402/18/2021

Lol r113.

I’m on season 2. It is a big improvement over season 1. They’ve made Frankie and Fallon both a little feistier and both actresses are improved. Bliss’ Russian boy toy is just stunning. Channing is a really fun character. They’re doing a lot less and they’re doing it better, even if they are covering territory Dynasty already covered by having Sable (Alexis) live with Frankie/Jason (Krystle/Blake) and Jeff (Jeff) married to the pregnant Fallon (Kirby) who was raped by Miles (Adam.) James Houghton is a snack with a touch of gray as Sen. Cash Cassidy and Tracy Scoggins is another who has improved over season 1 as Monica.

Ken Howard as Garrett left after the season premiere. Apparently he and Dominique were a couple? I knew that from watching dynasty, but I don’t think it was ever mentioned on The Colbys until he left. It never made sense to have him on this show instead of Dynasty if his major storyline was on Dynasty with Dominique. I think they thought having characters cross over would be easier than it ended up being, which is strangely a lesson that spin-offs have had to learn repeatedly throughout TV history. But IIRC the goal was originally to have “Dynasty” air 3 times a week. Anyone have more background on that?

by Anonymousreply 11502/19/2021

R115 what do you mean three times a week? I know the way Joan felt about crossing over (hell no), but I’m unsure about the rest of the cast. Garrett was Jackie’s father. I think Diahann was the only cast member to cross over on season 2. I dont think the crossovers really added too much to the show. When the spin off is trying to establish its own identity it’s probably not a good idea, but I don’t think the ABC, the producers and writers really cared. They just wanted an extra hour of Dynasty. Hence the name Dynasty 2 for the first season. The Colbys really should’ve followed Dynasty. The Thursday night time slot killed it. But soaps were dwindling around this time frame, so even if the Colbys was close to perfect, I can’t see it getting a third season.

by Anonymousreply 11602/19/2021

Sable had some great bon mots during the episode with Constance’s death.

To Miles: Just remember, everything she gave him (Jeff) should have been yours.

Lol, the way she said it was really funny :)

Anyway, season 2 is great. A lost gem.

by Anonymousreply 11702/19/2021

I finished the series tonight.

Overall, I’d give season 1 a C and season 2 a B+.

Season 1 was too unfocused with too many characters and it was just too derivative of Dynasty. It also had serious problems with the actors. By the end, Emma Samms was OK as Fallon. In the first half of season 1, she is completely terrible, and it makes moments that should be dramatic almost like a joke. The characters are just too undefined and the question is why we should care when Dynasty has already done all of this first and better.

Season 2 was a big improvement. The storylines are much better, the cast has been pruned, and they do more than just cover ground Dynasty has already covered. It is very good and the storylines such as Monica’s secret past and son with Senator Cash Cassidy and Miles’ new bride Channing, who fears having children, are both winners. Bliss’ new romance with Russian dancer Kolya is also good, though I may be just blinded by the fuckability of Kolya, and the storyline loses steam halfway through the season. The season is definitely watchable, and has something unique to say; this is no longer just a Dynasty clone. There are some pacing issues. The Sable/Jason divorce is delayed until halfway thru the season, seemingly because the show isn’t ready to bring on Michael Parks yet, who is a great addition when he arrives. This season is very good, but it’s definitely a B+ and not an A. This isn’t the deeply layered compelling storyline of Knots Landing, but it’s also not the can’t miss outrageousness of Melrose Place. It comes up just short of greatness. But maybe they were getting there.

Or maybe not. The cliffhanger of Fallon getting abducted by aliens, which is now all anyone remembers of The Colbys, is awful. As Chris Carter of the X-Files should have learned, but never did, you can’t confirm aliens exist in a TV serial. That is a lame storyline because it’s impossible to pay off in a satisfying way. The curiosity and conspiracy of aliens is what makes them interesting.

Overall, I would recommend season 2. Season 1 is nothing special. Thanks again for posting, OP. It was fun to revisit this series.

by Anonymousreply 11802/20/2021

R118 The X Files wasn't a serial, it was an "plot of the week" sci fi drama, there were some serial elements here and there but it was nowhere near serialized like The Colby's

Or any other primetime or daytime soap opera

by Anonymousreply 11902/20/2021

R119 True. I always preferred the Monster of the Week episodes to the mytharc episodes. Maybe that will be my next rewatch since I finished The Colbys!

by Anonymousreply 12002/20/2021

If I remember correctly back then I immediately disliked the look of the show. The entire design, interior design, clothes, hair - it all reeked Republican of the 80s. It was like Nancy Reagan on steroids. Even Dynasty had a more unique look. More importantly, The Colbys had a universal look, giving their characters no way to distinguish themselves. Second season broke that look up a little bit, but not by much.

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by Anonymousreply 12102/21/2021

R121 I wasn’t alive then, but it does seem like it would have come across as a bit stodgy, even for the mid-80s. Season 2 of The Colbys and season 1 of thirtysomething both aired in 1987 and they just seem to be on entirely different planes of existence.

by Anonymousreply 12202/21/2021

R121 And did like every single 1980s soap take a cast pic with that background? Even the cast pic was too generic.

by Anonymousreply 12302/21/2021

I'm rewatching the first season, and Sabella has yet to repeat an outfit. There was even one scene in the breakfast dining room where she was only on camera for less than two minutes...but she never wore the outfit again. I would assume most of the wardrobe budget went towards her, as the guys were always in suits. And Frankie, Fallon, Monica, and Bliss seemed to wear some off-the-rack stuff. I'm sure Stanwyck's wardrobe was custom, but she's repeated several outfits.

by Anonymousreply 12402/22/2021

[quote]And Frankie, Fallon, Monica, and Bliss seemed to wear some off-the-rack stuff.

Frankie's signature color was yellow, which is tough to pull off for nearly anyone but it looked awkward and cheap on Katharine Ross.

Monica wore weird shades of blue, and the producers put her in front of vivid red backgrounds (her red lacquer office, her lover's red satin sheets). Not flattering.

Barbara Stanwyck often wore Western-ish wear in a nod to The Big Valley.

The only one who consistently looked good was Sable in various shades of white.

by Anonymousreply 12502/22/2021

The Colbys Mansion is for sale. Surprisingly the exterior hasn't changed at all in 35 years. Looks exactly like it did when the Colbys helicopter landed in the backyard in the first episode. 13 bedrooms. Only 75,000,000.....

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