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I still hope they do a new Peyton Place. Possibly still set in the 60s... and I'd film it on location in the very town where the 1950s movie was filmed:Since we're already discussing variants on THE COLBYS, but what if it would be another classic soap remake?
NuPaper Dolls? NuFalcon Crest? NuDallas? Or, dare I say it, NuHotel?
I'd have these characters be the main cast:
I decided to include Selena Cross from the original novel/50s movie, only made her black. Betty Anderson would also be Hispanic. Marion Patrtridge from the novel/movie would also be included, and would be one of the show's villains as the self-righteous, gossipy old biddy who makes it her goal in life to make life hell for Constance and Allison. Michael Rossi would still be the new doctor in town, and he and Constance have themselves a steamy on-again-off-again romance that may or may not end in matrimony. Norman Page wouldn't be Rodney's brother like how he was in the TV series, but back to his "Norman Bates"-esque character in the novel. He could probably even be the show's signature gay character, and would become attracted to Lew Miles.
Allison would be the show's narrator, even during the season where she disappears. That's because she eventually returns, and the last season would reveal she's been writing about the events this whole time. She gets her book published, creating a metaphorical wildfire when the residents of Peyton Place realize its about them.
I even came up with an idea for how the series ends (premature, I know ). Dr. Rossi has been put on trial and is awaiting his fate (much like the original series), but reassures his pregnant wife, Constance, that things will be alright. Meanwhile, Allison and Rodney are strolling quietly through the town, hand-in-hand. At this point, they are not a couple, but are certainly available. They end up by the train station (which is where the series begins when Dr. Rossi came into town), and watch as people get on, while new people get off. The camera's view is suddenly on the train, and it takes off while Allison and Rodney watch it go.
We hear Allison's voice one last time: "Thank you for visiting Peyton Place. Good-bye."