The thing that does bug me about Dynasty and it's astronomical budgets is that a whole lot of money seemed to be wasted on the silliest things. I think things like Nolan's wardrobe money were a given. That was very much essential to the show. For the most part the sets were there, the established ones, the main ones, like the mansion and the penthouse etc. What I will never understand is why they would spend so much on things like expensive china and crystal that you couldn't really make out on 1980s tv screens. Why would all the flowers have to be real and fresh, on set every day, when they would be so out of focus they literally could have been paper. Why did the cast have real champagne on set for scenes, when most shows used ginger ale? Why must the foot rests of Alexis' penthouse bar stools be 24 carat gold? I couldn't even see the damn foot rests! Why must the throw cushions and drapes be imported raw silk instead of a silk poly? Too much time and money was spent on things that were seen only fleetingly in a blur. While the thing that needed the most time, money and attention was left neglected. Hidden but actually in plain site. The writing and plotting! The problem wasn't really only the pollocks with their terrible daytime soap writing plan. It had to do also with people like Doug Cramer and Spelling. I'm surprised Spelling agreed to most of this money squandering for a "look" as he was notoriously frugal, for want of a better word. Part of what I love about soaps is the creativity of a show being able to fake something convincingly. It's a necessity on a soap, especially a prime time one. Show's like ABC's later, recent-ish soap Revenge were brilliant at that kind of fakery. The art on the walls was fake or cheap prints, the set decorator said you can frame anything in a massive frame sprayed gold and it looks like a masterpiece. All the ornaments and tchotchkes that dressed the sets either came from discount stores, thrift stores or were flee market finds revamped. The flowers fake, the champagne fake, but it all looked expensive, it all felt expensive. TV is 2 dimensional. We are not all actually standing on the set with the actors. The fakery and the make believe of it all is part of the appeal, and part of the art of the medium. Going right back to theatre, then to old movies, even the golden age of Hollywood. You have to fake it to make it. They spent so much money on things you could hardly see or that didn't even look that great.