Discussion in 'Dynasty' started by Grangehill1, Dec 11, 2018.
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Concerning the aftermath of the cancellation - in July 1989, while she was promoting her new sitcom 'Sister Kate,' Stephanie Beacham was asked about a TV Guide report the reunion movie or mini-series (that had been initially rumored) was dead. The article below from late July 1989 quotes her response and explains why fans probably couldn't expect it any time soon:
If he considers Dynasty the casualty of a power play then I assume he didn't like the show's cancellation.
But then the article continues with "Seven years of Dynasty's nasty Adam Carrington was enough for Gordon Thomson" - which suggests that he didn't want to play Adam anymore.
We don't know if that was Thomson or the writer's caption.
Then ABC head of entertainment Robert Iger has been on record as very proud to be "the man who killed Dynasty." The decision to move the show to Thursdays could easily have been a top-down decision from him. There was also a general desire to weaken Spelling. Remember the headline of "Spelling's Dynasty dead" when the show was cancelled.
Yeah well it looks like a typical trash rag article.
Do you read that stuff @colbyco?
I believe the line is "don't tell me that you read that trash! Do you _____? Alone? At night? In bed?"
No, he was not running ABC back then. He came in 1989 and according to the rumour, his first decision was to cancel "Dynasty".
Yeah, you are right that he came in 1989. As Thomson said, ABC execs in general were against Dynasty as a show, a genre, and a Spelling production, so somebody else then gave the order. But it is not a rumour Iger cancelled it.
There are also references where he has gone on record as saying he was proud to have cancelled Dynasty as heralding a new era for ABC, though I would have to look to find if these articles are still online.
But the show altogether, and Paulsen, are insincere in claiming that the show was cancelled out of the blue, suddenly making the cliffhanger the series finale: both the timeslot change and the split episode order show that ABC execs were already considering cancellation. Iger was just happy to take the blame (for him, the honor) of doing it.
- We´re Carringtons ... we have to do it
Hey all, sorry about my post from a few days ago regarding the initial 13 episode commitment ABC extended for Dynasty's ninth season not having the article attached. Here is the article I found:
Wausau Daily Herald-Friday June 24 1988, Page 9 -
Here is an interesting article about Dynasty's 200th episode, and equally fascinating information about Season 9 by David Paulsen:
Daily News Thursday Dec 15 1988, Page 130 -
- Would love to read it ...
Thank you very much for this article! It is funny that a journalist forgot season 85/86 when Dynasty was show No. 7 (and still the most popular show of ABC). And this article confirmed me that Dynasty was in real No. 40 (not 41) in 1987/88 season. (I refuse to count "My Two Dads" twice in the chart.) David Paulsen seemed to be very self-confident about his work on the show.
Oh man... as much as i love reading articles of that era, it always hits me again when they write about the cancellation.
That Iger guy even dared to say he's proud of it, what a jerk! What a miserable has-been!!!
I still think it was one of the biggest mistakes in ABCs history to not give Dynasty a 10th season under Paulsen, even if a shorter one to tie up the loose ends and maybe tell one last but good story, as he just got to knew those Carringtons and Colbys so well and was very talented in pulling their strings and make it all work.
What would i give to have a season 10 with maybe 13 or even just 10 episodes instead of that lousy REUNION we got later on!
The end of "Catch 22" screams for a continuation with all it's well done cliffhangers .... but not that detached thing we got from those Pollocks and Shapiros!
I think i can never forgive them for that.
He should be, as he was an excellent constructionist (unlike the Pollocks, despite Esther's praise of them) but I also think Paulsen was whistling passed the graveyard here, trying to sound upbeat in the face of a terrible timeslot change and likely cancelation.
Apparently, a lot of people at ABC weren't happy with Iger's decision.
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