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Dynasty: The Reunion


Main title cards from Dynasty: The Reunion
Genre Soap opera
Created by Richard & Esther Shapiro
Starring John Forsythe
Linda Evans
John James
Heather Locklear
Emma Samms
and
Joan Collins
Theme music composer Bill Conti
Country of origin  United States
Production
Executive producer(s) Aaron Spelling
Douglas S. Cramer
Richard & Esther Shapiro
Running time 240 minutes
(inc. commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run October 20, 1991 – October 22, 1991

Dynasty: The Reunion is a 1991 miniseries reuniting the characters from the popular American prime time television soap opera Dynasty, which had aired on ABC from 1981 to 1989 and had been the highest-rated U.S. series in 1985.[1] The miniseries, like the series, revolves around the Carringtons, a wealthy oil family living in Denver, Colorado.

Directed by Irving J. Moore, the four-hour Dynasty: The Reunion was first broadcast in the U.S. in two parts on October 20 and October 22, 1991.[2]

Contents

Behind the scenes

Dynasty's cancellation had left its ninth season finale unresolved and characters in mortal peril, and original cast member John Forsythe later noted, "The way we were cut off was a disgrace."[2] Executive Producer Aaron Spelling said during production of the miniseries that "Beethoven can leave a symphony unfinished ... We didn't think we could do that with a soap opera."[2] Eager to give the series proper closure, the cast agreed to come back "at slightly reduced salaries" and production relied on location shoots rather than the expensive sets of its heyday.[2] "We are still groomed, groomed within an inch of our lives," noted star Joan Collins, who with onscreen rival Linda Evans had 42 costumes between them in the miniseries.[2]

Original cast member Al Corley returned as gay Carrington heir Steven, despite the fact that he had left the series after two seasons and been replaced by Jack Coleman.[2][3] With Coleman unavailable due to scheduling conflicts,[2] Corley stepped in even though Steven's change in appearance with the casting of Coleman in 1983 had been attributed to plastic surgery after an oil rig explosion.[3] Long-running Dynasty star Gordon Thomson was replaced by actor Robin Sachs in the role of unscrupulous Adam for the miniseries because of similar scheduling issues; Thomson was then under contract with the NBC daytime soap opera Santa Barbara, and when that series was unable to accommodate the shooting schedule Thomson sued ABC for their part in the problem.Template:Fact

The miniseries also reunited much of the crew who had worked on the original series, including writer/creators Richard and Esther Shapiro, Eileen and Robert Mason Pollock, Edward DeBlasio, producer Elaine Rich, cinematographer Michel Hugo and costume designer Nolan Miller.Template:Fact

Completed credited cast

The miniseries also featured three long-running supporting players, William Beckley as Carrington butler Gerard, Virginia Hawkins as Carrington maid Jeanette Robbins, and Betty Harford as Carrington cook Hilda Gunnerson.

Plot

The May 1989 series finale of Dynasty had left Forsythe's oil tycoon Blake Carrington shot by a corrupt policeman, his beloved wife Krystle (Evans) in an off-screen coma, and his conniving ex-wife Alexis Colby (Collins) plunging from a balcony.[2] The Reunion picks up two years later as Blake — having survived the shooting but then been convicted for the death of his attacker — is pardoned and released from prison.[2]

An awakened Krystle returns to Denver and is reunited with an overjoyed Blake, whose son Steven (Corley) is now an environmental lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and in a relationship[2] with Bart Fallmont (Cameron Watson). Blake's daughter Fallon (Emma Samms) has split with Jeff Colby (John James and reunited with Miles Colby (Maxwell Caulfield), while Sammy Jo (Heather Locklear) — having lost her fortune — is once again modeling in New York. On the catwalk for Fashion Fury she soon comes in contact with the company's newest investor: her ex-mother-in-law, a very-much-alive Alexis.

It soon becomes clear that Blake's downfall had been orchestrated by The Consortium, a mysterious organization which now controls Denver-Carrington. The most insidious part of their plan comes to fruition as Krystle, brainwashed before her return, is compelled to make an attempt on Blake's life. Her love for Blake allows her to resist and overcome the programming, but The Consortium kidnaps Jeff. Miles joins Blake's eldest son Adam (Sachs) and Jeff's ex-wife Kirby Anders (Kathleen Beller) to rescue him. Despite Adam's involvement in The Consortium's takeover, he and Blake reconcile their differences. Adam and Kirby also rediscover their long-ago romance and Blake regains control of Denver-Carrington.

The Carringtons reunite at the mansion as secret Consortium leader Jeremy Van Dorn (Jeroen Krabbé) — romantically involved with a clueless Alexis — attempts to both gain control of her company and kill her. She is rescued by Adam as Van Dorn escapes. Fallon realizes she loves Jeff, and Alexis joins the festivities as Blake toasts the family.

Reception

Only a moderate ratings success, and arguably an outright critical failure, The Reunion was widely regarded as a disappointment. Template:Fact

References

  1. "1984-1985 Ratings". ClassicTVhits.com. http://www.classictvhits.com/tvratings/1984.htm. Retrieved on February 21, 2009. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Gliatto, Tom; Vicki Sheff (August 05, 1991). "Alexis Strikes Again!". People (Vol. 36, No. 4): pp. 66-68. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20115641,00.html. Retrieved on February 21, 2009. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Schemering, Christopher (September 1985). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. Ballantine Books. pp. 80–84. ISBN 0-345-32459-5 (1st edition). 

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