Paper Dolls

ABC (ended 1984)


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During the mid-1980s, prime-time soaps ruled the airwaves and ABC, which already had a hit with Dynasty, tried again with Paper Dolls. Unfortunately, this attempt was less successful and Paper Dolls was cancelled after three months. The show was based on a 1982 TV movie, which centered around the modeling business and the corruption of two beautiful and innocent teenage models Taryn and Laurie. However, in the transition to a weekly series, the focus was split between the modeling business and the Harper family whose wealthy conglomerate had a small stake in the modeling business. As a result, the show was diluted with too many characters and convoluting plotlines for viewers to get invested. The original two-hour episode aired opposite the 1984 Prime Time Emmy Awards and scored decent ratings, however, subsequent episodes failed to live up to the ratings potential and the show quietly went off the air before resolving any plotlines. Interestingly enough, the two actresses who played the teen models in the series, Terry Farrell and Nicollette Sheridan, later appeared in more successful series. Farrell co-starred in both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Becker, while Sheridan enjoyed a seven-year stint as Paige on Knots Landing and is currently playing Edie on Desperate Housewives.moreless