Angela's lost daughter

Do you like the idea, daughter Angela?


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Richard Denault

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Consideration was given to hiring Angie Dickison to play Angela's long-lost daughter.
"Then Stavros delivers another shocker—telling her that a daughter she believed she had died in childbirth actually survived.
Next season, the long-lost daughter will arrive at Facon Crest to claim her birthright. That will set the stage for confrontations between Angela and the ous,”new character, a role producers haven’t filled yet.

"Angela's new daughter will be just as tough and cunning as Angela herself — and the battles between them will be fast and furious," he told series insider."
That story was later used for Richard.
Actress Angie Dickinson was considered to play the daughter
But Dickison was born in 1931 and Jane in 1917.
What do you think about this story and that actress?

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Angie didn't want to do it and priced herself out of the job. And she'd already turned down DYNASTY thrice.

It seems self-evident that Dickinson would have been better cast as a relative of Maggie.
 

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Was the long lost daughter story true or was it just a publicity stunt to gain interest in the show?. Richard Channing being Angela's son seemed to be an idea that was originally in the pilot so I thought that was always the plan to introduce that twist into the story at some point.
 

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The font of the article tells me it's from The National Enquirer, which never lets the truth get in the way of a good story. In the 1980s they were making up articles like this in practically every issue because it was what sold. To be fair, all the tabloids had spies on the sets of the popular nighttime soaps, but for every one thing they got right, there were twice as many articles like these.
 

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The font of the article tells me it's from The National Enquirer, which never lets the truth get in the way of a good story. In the 1980s they were making up articles like this in practically every issue because it was what sold. To be fair, all the tabloids had spies on the sets of the popular nighttime soaps, but for every one thing they got right, there were twice as many articles like these.
Michael Preece, who directed many episodes of Falcon Crest. He is a reliable source, commented on the news with TJP. The article is from March 10th when the episode was being filmed.
David's contract was up at the end of Season 6. And I suppose if it wasn't renewed it would have been a valid option.
 

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Season 7 is the year I most remake in my head: spontaneous human combustion resulting from nuclear waste Jacqueline buried under the vineyards 35 years earlier, resulting in a deadly FC vintage of chardonnay, as well as long-dormant brain tumors for both Julia and Emma (Melissa refuses to get tested, and continuing to believe -- or pretend to believe -- her possessed devil baby was sired by space aliens); over-sized scorpions emerge from the nearby reservoir, and huge birds of prey attack the Giobertis and the Channings on the patio of some Tuscany Valley bistro at dusk (even attempting to carry poor Emma away but dropping her in the parking lot).

The family figures out that Baby Richard was stolen from Angela in the '40s because Douglas had been tricked by Jacqueline into believing Angela had been having an affair with an Agretti (wouldn't Carlo be ironic?) and once Douglas realized the ruse -- and it was too late to get Richard back from Henri Denault -- a guilt-ridden Douglas mentors Richard from afar, ultimately leaving much of his estate to his biological son, Richard.

We don't need a long-lost daughter for Angela in addition to all that.

Three-fifths of the way through Season 7, an investigative Richard learns that Jacqueline had been using a powerful, state-of-the-art laser under a children's hospital in a southern American city for experiments to create a viral mutation to kill Castro after he nationalized her casinos in Cuba in 1959. And something went wrong -- like when the polio vaccine was botched in real-life in the mid-'50s as deadly monkey viruses infected the early batches of the inoculation shot. (The implication, which viewers would mostly not grasp for many years, is that Jacqueline had caused AIDS). And when certain "local politicians" were uncooperative in her efforts to kill the mustachioed Carribean dictator, "the cartel dealt with them" (few audience members, nor network censors, would realize this meant Jacqueline whacked JFK). She's just so evil!!

Am I kidding??

But I have one season of each show I redo in my head: Season 8 of DYNASTY (and phantom Season 10), and Season 13 (DVD) of DALLAS -- all of which I envision as much more macabre than they actually were.

 
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Whoever passed on the details about the cliffhanger to the “National Enquirer” was probably not part of the inner circle of the production team and did not know all the details because the decision to make Richard Angela’s son was not a last-minute change, but devised during season 6, using Earl's original bibles for "The Vintage Years" and season 1.
Although we have no proof, it seems that the decision to explain that Richard was Angela’s son was already made during the development of # 146 <6.19> “Dance of Deception” when Peter returns from Europe and tells Eric during the International Wine Show at the Del Oro that he found a secret that will destroy Richard; he shows Eric an envelope. We have reason to believe that this was already in preparation for revealing that Richard is Angela’s son. The revised final draft of script # 146 <6.19> is from November 26, 1986 already.
What we definitely know is that the scene in # 150 <6.23> “Cold Hands” when Angela finds out Richard switched her wines and she begs him to give the real ones back to her was written as a preparation for their mother – son relationship. That is why Angela’s ironic line was added: “If you’d been my child I’d have drowned you at birth.” The final draft is from January 20, 1987.
We do not know, however, why Jeff did not add any reference to a child’s grave in the scene with Vickie and Angie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery. Maybe he didn’t want to add a hint in that scene because he was afraid it might spoil the surprise in the cliffhanger. Just a thought, but I think that is probably the reason.

The idea about Angie Dickinson was discussed earlier. We have no documentation other than an undated unit production manager’s note that she should be contacted as a possible cast addition for Angela’s “lost daughter”. There is no documentation that the actress was actually ever contacted and offered the rôle. It was one of the ideas the staff played around with, but it never got to a detailed stage in story outlines or scriptwriting, as far as I can tell.

I personally think that Angie Dickinson, being just 14 years older than Jane, would not have been believable for a daughter. Even Abby Dalton was a difficult casting choice in my opinion (as great as Abby was). Abby was ten years older than her character, Julia. However, Abby looked rather young, more like the generation Earl had in mind — Maggie and Chase. In contrast, Angie Dickinson did look like in her late 50’s in the mid-1980’s while Jane still looked younger than her real age in season 6, so it would certainly have been difficult to sell them as mother and daughter on screen.

I also looked through the shooting schedules and other production documents. The scenes from # 155 <6.28> “Desperation” with Peter’s letter (revealing Richard's identity) were filmed on March 6, 1987.
If the publication date of the “National Enquirer” article is from March 10, 1987, the scene with revealing Richard as Angela’s son was already in the can. Either the “National Enquirer” deliberately presented the staff’s previous ideas or they were just misinformed.
Also, the scenes at and around the pier were filmed on March 17 (streets to pier) and 18 (pier scenes), 1987, which is why the “National Enquirer” on March 10 apparently just made wild guesses who would survive and who would not. The decision who would return was made during lunch break on March 18. That is also the reason why the “National Enquirer” used some stock footage of a generic car in the water — it is not the Volvo driven by Melissa, the picture car from the show. The photo of the car was probably some random stock shot they got from a stock photo agency.
 

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Angie Dickinson, being just 14 years older than Jane

My God, that means Dickinson turns 121 this year -- and she's still alive!

TJP said:
. In contrast, Angie Dickinson did look like in her late 50’s in the mid-1980’s

Yes, by 1987, Dickinson was a badly-aging pig.

 
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Here we have another article from National Enquirer about the cliffhanger
"“The producers and CBS decided fans would be upset if the fate of Chase's baby Kevin was left hanging in the balance until next season,” told a source. “They didn't want a flood of calls from viewers angry that a tiny baby “might have drowned.”
In addition, when the first draft was written, the producers were still in negotiations with a number of baby lutches after diving into bay and getting a helping hand at dockside from Maggie.
Car plunges into San Francisco Bay in cliff-hanger scene, their top stars — so they left them selves the option of “drowning” them in the cliff-hanger episode. Shortly before the scene was shot, most of the contract questions were resolved, so the characters didn't have to disappear.

@TJP can also clarify it for us. I think it was David and Robert's contracts that ended in season six,
Jeff had already announced to Robert that his contract was not going to be renewed,
I guess David's contract had to be renegotiated. I suppose he would ask for more money and take second place in the credit titles.
Now viewers will see Chase save Kevin and hand him to his wife Maggie, who has climbed out of the water and onto a dock.
Melissa, desperately trying to swim ashore, nearly makes it when a mystery man reaches out as if to help her. But as he pulls her
t to him, he suddenly pushes her head under water, to drown her!
After a struggle, Melissa escapes and drags herself onto the dock — along with Richard and Dan. But strangely, Melissa doesn't beathe a word about the mystery man who tried to kill her — and Chase, who swam back into the water to help the others, is not on the dock.!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's true @TJP here are the photos
It will be next season before viewers find out who the mystery man is and what happens to Chase.
They also tell us that Chase disappears and appears at the end of the season!!!!!
Of Nicole Sauget and the romance between Richard and Maggie
The final episode of the seventh was seen on May 15, 1987
Due to the scriptwriters' strike, the scripts for the seventh were written in advance. The first was written on 03-25-87 although it was not filmed until 06-30-87.
So National Enquirer was well informed.
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Dance of Deception” when Peter returns from Europe and tells Eric during the International Wine Show at the Del Oro that he found a secret that will destroy Richard; he shows Eric an envelope. We have reason to believe that this was already in preparation for revealing that Richard is Angela’s son. The revised final draft of script # 146 <6.19> is from November 26, 1986 already.
What we definitely know is that the scene in # 150 <6.23> “Cold Hands” when Angela finds out Richard switched her wines and she begs him to give the real ones back to her was written as a preparation for their mother – son relationship. That is why Angela’s ironic line was added: “If you’d been my child I’d have drowned you at birth.” The final draft is from January 20, 1987.
We do not know, however, why Jeff did not add any reference to a child’s grave in the scene with Vickie and Angie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery. Maybe he didn’t want to add a hint in that scene because he was afraid it might spoil the surprise in the cliffhanger. Just a thought, but I think that is probably the reason.
6-19 How being Angela's son would destroy Richard.
6-20
A luxury suite in a San Francisco hotel. Eric is holding some sort of document. He and Peter are at an impasse as:
ERIC
But you've got enough on the guy to wipe him out forever!
PETER
Richard Channing is Angela's enemy,not mine — and apparently she doesn't want my help.
ERIC
(re: the document) You’ve got a sworn statement from a Geneva banker
[[[[[saying that Richard was involved in a securities fraud!

This piece was deleted before or after filming itIt is clear what Wallegreen He didn't want Richard to be Angela's son.
PETER
Eleven years ago.))))))
ERIC
Channing should be stopped. He's ruthless, cruel —
PETER
People have been saying the same thing about me for years.

In this episode is Angela and Vickie's visit to the cemetery on 01-12-1986 before the Christmas break.
In my opinion the problem was that Richard's contract was ending. If they weren't going to renew Robert and David didn't renew. Angela, she needed another enemy and that's why the daughter's story.
6-23
RICHARD
In exchange for your wines back and __your distribution contract...I have one requirement.
ANGELA
What is it?
RICHARD
I want you to be, Angela. I want you to get down on your knees to your husband's bastard.
ANGELA
(turning to Richard) You're a monster, Richard. If you'd been my child I'd have drowned you at birth, (as Richard starts tointerrupt)
(((((( This is an improvisation by Richard
I'd have been grateful)))))
Don't interrupt me. You have every trait I admire in a man. You're unning, you're ruthless. And you've successfully put me in a position where I might lose everything I've worked for.
RICHARD
I like this. Keep going.
ANGELA

You've won. You've humiliated me. And I'm begging you to give my wines back.
By the way, this script was written on 01-26-87
After the Christmas break.David renegotiated his contract and the Dickison story was passed on to Richard.Jeff didn't tell you anything
We never got Angela to praise Richard again. Except "You know how to do things" On the Venus of Tuscany in season 8.
In the seventh when Angela testifies in the Senate at the trial. She remembers this scene
But Angela never regretted calling Richard a bastard on many occasions. Nor worry about his unhappy childhood.
You really can't explain why Angela never treated him like a son.
She eventually blackmails him to get back Falcon Crest by creating problems in her marriage to Lauren, which doesn't seem like very motherly behavior.
 
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6-19 How being Angela's son would destroy Richard.
Anything about this would be a wild guess.

You really can't explain why Angela never treated him like a son.
She eventually blackmails him to get back Falcon Crest by creating problems in her marriage to Lauren, which doesn't seem like very motherly behavior.
Of course! That was their main conflict. If she suddenly treated him like a son, their relationship would have become boring — at least after seasons 8 and 9 went back to their old feud.
The way Jeff changed the dynamics in their relationship would have been interesting. He wanted them to make peace. But that only would have made sense for a different season 8 with them teaming up against Melissa and other outside forces.

Due to the scriptwriters' strike, the scripts for the seventh were written in advance. The first was written on 03-25-87 although it was not filmed until 06-30-87.
So National Enquirer was well informed.
Not really. Early parts of Season 7 were filmed right after season 6 wrapped, the scenes at the pier for the season 7 première even before (!) the final shooting day of season 6. So some of the new storylines were leaked to the "Enquirer".
 

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Of course! That was their main conflict. If she suddenly treated him like a son, their relationship would have become boring — at least after seasons 8 and 9 went back to their old feud.
The way Jeff changed the dynamics in their relationship would have been interesting. He wanted them to make peace. But that only would have made sense for a different season 8 with them teaming up against Melissa and other outside forces.
That Richard rejecting Angela would make sense. She had been responsible for his and Michael's kidnapping.
But Angela was his mother. She's the one who rejects him with the stupid line we're Gioberti. She who has the last name Channing. And Lance, Cumson
 
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