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Episode 3

Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 02, 2005 on ABC
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Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure
This is a "two-hour dramatization with a behind-the-scenes look at the hit '80s primetime soap opera" (ABC). This special episode was actually a satirical look at how Dynasty revolved from it's beginnings. All characters were fictionalized.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Heather Locklear did not appear in the Moldavian massacre scene as suggested by the movie.

      • Catherine Oxenberg's character Amanda was not disfigured in a car accident to allow for introduction of her successor Karen Cellini. It was Pamela Sue Martin's Fallon (Amanda's sister) who got a new face (Emma Samms) following the fourth season finale crash. Karen Cellini was introduced in a scene where Amanda is being rescued from "La Mirage" hotel fire by her father's former driver (in the seventh season premiere).

      • According to the movie, Richard Shapiro wrote every word of every dialogue of every episode of "Dynasty" working day and night on his typewriter. Actually, there was a team of writers who came up with respective storylines. The Shapiros would help create a "Bible" prior to each season, determining the general creative direction of the drama for the year in question.

    • QUOTES (14)

      • Aaron Spelling [played by Nicholas Hammond]: thirtysomething? I don't get it. What's so engaging about watching a bunch of yuppies whine for an hour?
        Candy Spelling: Come to bed, honey.
        Aaron Spelling: And they're ugly!

      • Winston Flecther: Have you caught an episode of The Colbys recently?
        Joe: Uh, no sir.
        Winston Fletcher: The storylines are unbelievable. What's next? Aliens?

      • Vince Peterson: Moldavia. It's all because of Moldavia.
        Esther Shapiro [played by Pamela Reed]: Need I remind you that Moldavia is the reason that we went to #1.
        Joe: Maybe if you spent more time focusing on your scripts instead of selling bedsheets and "Eternal Krystle"...
        Esther Shapiro: "Forever Krystle"

      • Joan Collins [played by Alice Krige]: I am Dynasty. I'm on every magazine cover in the world. Don't you read the "Times"? I put the "nasty" in Dynasty.

      • Joan Collins [played by Alice Krige]: Where the hell is Moldavia?
        John Forsythe [played by Bartholomew John]: I have no idea.
        Linda Evans [played by Melora Hardin]: Do you think we get to go?

      • Joan Collins [played by Alice Krige]: You're getting me all wet.
        Peter Holm [played by Julian Garner]: Oh, sorry.
        Joan Collins: I didn't say I minded.

      • Joan Collins [played by Alice Krige to her daughter Annie]: Darling, mommy's going to play a real bitch.

      • Vince Peterson [talking about Dynasty]: I don't want to ruin the surprise for you but it's going to make Dallas look like Sesame Street.

      • Dynasty fan: Who are you?
        Richard Shapiro: I'm a writer.
        Dynasty fan: Oh, no one important.

      • Al Corley: "...they didn't fire me. Because there hadn't been a homosexual character on dramatic television, I thought it was important that we were authentic and not be afraid of censors or advertisers. When I voiced my concerns to producers (about ABC's demands to "cure" my character's homosexuality), they said, 'We don't want you back,' and I said, 'Well, OK.'"

      • Linda Evans (via longtime manager Mike Greenfield): "There were no brownies. No cookies. Most all of this stupid, satirical stuff is completely untrue. There was without exception so much love between most all of the cast."

      • Joan Collins (via manager Tom Korman): "Despite ABC publicity's insistence that Collins would be available to promote the movie, she read the script and wants nothing to do with it. It's typical ABC - they're lowlifes."

      • John Forsythe: "My advice to all Dynasty fans is not to watch this film if what they seek is the honest story behind the wonderful 10 years working for Aaron Spelling."

      • Joan Collins on the film: No, I didn't see it, but I heard it was utter crap.

    • NOTES (10)

      • Linda Evans (Krystle Carrington) in the movie is a Stepford wife who shows up to her Dynasty audition with homemade brownies and later welcomes Collins to the set with freshly baked oatmeal cookies. So clueless is this Evans that she asks if the show will be going on location to Moldavia to shoot the fictional royal wedding massacre.

      • The movie reminds us that before Joan Collins became Alexis Morrell Carrington Colby Dexter, she was a forgotten B-movie actress whom ABC didn't want for the role. Once she joins the cast, Collins puts the moves on happily married Forsythe, then makes fun of his advanced years.

      • In the movie, John Forsythe (Blake Carrington) is presented as a washed-up, unshaven actor reduced to voice-over work on "Charlie's Angels". Later on the set of "Dynasty", he's seen as a humorless stick-in-the-mud obsessing over his hair and complaining about the show's dumb story lines.

      • In the movie, ABC TV network director of programming demands that the executive producer Esther Shapiro go on live television and apologize to the American public for the Moldavian storyline following Dynasty's sudden tumble in the Nielsen ratings charts in late 1985 (in the early sixth season). This is in line with reports from the entertainment press at the time.

      • The special episode scored only 5.5 million viewers.

      • A number of TV critics dismissed this made-for-TV movie as a poor attempt of ABC to cash in on the recent "behind-the-scenes telepic" craze (i.e. "Charlie's Angels", NBC). 25 years earlier, ABC concieved "Dynasty" trying to cash in on the "prime-time soap opera about rich people" craze.

      • Dynasty was the show that helped ABC TV network become a force to reckon with back in the 80s. This special about the series aired in the timeslot of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (Sunday at 9/8c), also a prime-time soap that, twenty years on, helped put sinking ABC back on the ratings map.

      • None of the show stars of Dynasty appear in this episode.

      • This episode aired at 9:00 PM!

      • A special 2 hours long episode.

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