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Willie Oleson

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I'm sure there still was some pre-plotting before Season Seven even started filming. There had to be some idea of where the story was headed
If only they hadn't changed their minds about the good stuff, all those stories with great potential. Alexis' coronation, for example (even if it was just a dream).
You can watch season 7 without the Amanda/Michael scenes, I don't think it would make much difference.
Amanda should have died in the La Mirage inferno.
 

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If only they hadn't changed their minds about the good stuff, all those stories with great potential. Alexis' coronation, for example (even if it was just a dream).
You can watch season 7 without the Amanda/Michael scenes, I don't think it would make much difference.
Amanda should have died in the La Mirage inferno.
Season 7 certainly had some good storylines with some potential, but most them burned. Alexis' coronation was good, but her taking over the mansion and Denver-Carrington wasn't fulfilled. I liked that Adam was thought to be an impostor, but hated that we never got an answer. The saga of Steven and Sammy Jo had some interesting turns, but they all fell flat.

And yes, Amanda and Michael's scenes could have been easily tossed aside, and there wouldn't have been any problem.
 

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PSM and DC leaving really hurt the show. The Fallon recast was horrific. By the time the Amanda recast came, "horrific" was a term that became synonymous with the show.
 

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wuts duh reunion shaw??? is it aboot madoner
 

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nevar herd of eet ,,,,
Because Dynasty ended on a cliffhanger in 1989, it was decided (just two years thereafter) to briefly bring the show back to tie up all the loose ends. The result was Dynasty: The Reunion, which many consider to be quite inferior to the original. "The way we were cut off was a disgrace," noted John Forsythe, so ABC gave the go-ahead to a its production.

Producer Aaron Spelling said: "Beethoven can leave a symphony unfinished... We don't think we could do that with a soap opera." Because the majority of the cast was eager to give the series closure, they each returned at "slightly reduced salaries", and filming relied on location shoots instead of the expensive indoor sets of the original's heyday. Between the each of them, Joan Collins and Linda Evans had forty-two costume changes throughout the four-hour miniseries.

The majority of the original cast (from the final episodes at least) returned to reprise their roles. Al Corley stepped back in as Steven because Jack Coleman had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with his current series, Nightmare Cafe. There were no on-screen explanations given for Steven's second change in appearance. Gordon Thomson, who played Adam, was busy on daytime's Santa Barbara, which led to his replacement with Robin Sachs. Michael Nader, who played Dex in the original, was tied up with All My Children at the time, and his character was written out. Kathleen Beller came back as Kirby, and Maxwell Caulfield popped in as Miles Colby.

I couldn't comment on the plot because I haven't seen it all myself, and I won't especially if you haven't seen it.
 

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Cast changes can easily happen on daytime, not nighttime. Nearly every season on Dynasty there were too many changes.
 

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Cast changes can easily happen on daytime, not nighttime. Nearly every season on Dynasty there were too many changes.
Yes, and why is that?

Simply, in daytime you are just forced to accept it. It's on five days per week, all year round. In prime time you have 22 episodes per season normally - 32 at a stretch. Accepting recasts isn't as easy. That's why it doesn't work in prime time.
 

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Because Dynasty ended on a cliffhanger in 1989, it was decided (just two years thereafter) to briefly bring the show back to tie up all the loose ends. The result was Dynasty: The Reunion, which many consider to be quite inferior to the original. "The way we were cut off was a disgrace," noted John Forsythe, so ABC gave the go-ahead to a its production.

Producer Aaron Spelling said: "Beethoven can leave a symphony unfinished... We don't think we could do that with a soap opera." Because the majority of the cast was eager to give the series closure, they each returned at "slightly reduced salaries", and filming relied on location shoots instead of the expensive indoor sets of the original's heyday. Between the each of them, Joan Collins and Linda Evans had forty-two costume changes throughout the four-hour miniseries.
Spelling and his commitment to the audience. Please. Everybody, Paulsen included, simply ignored the cancellation threat in season 9, even though the move to Thursday was an ominous enough sign--so were the sliding ratings. They did not care about the unfinished soap opera then. Making the reunion had nothing to do with wanting to please the audience--the awful story was proof enough.
 

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Spelling and his commitment to the audience. Please. Everybody, Paulsen included, simply ignored the cancellation threat in season 9, even though the move to Thursday was an ominous enough sign--so were the sliding ratings. They did not care about the unfinished soap opera then. Making the reunion had nothing to do with wanting to please the audience--the awful story was proof enough.
I didn't say I agreed with Aaron Spelling said or how they tried to justify their actions. I'm sure the decision to make the miniseries was merely a ploy to cash-in on the brand, and, from what I've heard, to possibly fuel interest in the series continuing post-miniseries.

I haven't even seen the miniseries, either.
 

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I didn't say I agreed with Aaron Spelling said or how they tried to justify their actions. I'm sure the decision to make the miniseries was merely a ploy to cash-in on the brand, and, from what I've heard, to possibly fuel interest in the series continuing post-miniseries.

I haven't even seen the miniseries, either.
Yes, the latter if the ratings did well (ABC was going to do more mini-series--the same network that was proud to have killed it, two years later after Iger's pet projects had tanked was hoping DYNASTY works again). But more importantly state monopolies of TV in many countries, most notably Europe, were no more, new venues were available, and the series would sell better as a package without the stigma of the balcony dive ending.
 

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Yeah, but if the reunion never happened, we'd never have had resolution, no matter how wretched it was.
 

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Yeah, but if the reunion never happened, we'd never have had resolution, no matter how wretched it was.
Except we didn't get much of a resolution. Sure, Krystle was out of her coma and back together with her husband and daughter, that was good. But we still didn't know what happened to Dex ("didn't fair too well" can mean a number of things), we never found out what happened to The Collection, we never got to see Sable again, we never got to see Zorelli again, etc....
 

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, we never got to see Sable again,
That was sad, especially after the Colby parentage bomb--but at least we got to see Miles!
we never got to see Zorelli again, etc....
Zorelli and Kirby and a fake Adam all in the same four hours would have sent me to my own Switzerland sanitarium.

The Reunion was overall bad. But it goes to show you how Esther Shapiro was no longer able/willing to turn out a good product, or hire good writing assistance. The production was also terrible.
 
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