Peyton Place, that puritanical New England hot-bed of sex, scandal, class conflict, repressed emotions, and tasteful suffering, is back! Continue reading ‘Peyton Place’ (Part 3): 9 years later, DVD releases resume!
All the talk this week about the 40th anniversary of Dallas’s debut got me thinking about one of the many pretenders to its prime time network soap opera throne—NBC’s The Yellow Rose—right before I saw word this morning that actress Susan Anspach had just passed. She was quite good in this expensive, all-star outing from NBC, so in memory of Miss Anspach, let’s look back at The Yellow Rose. Continue reading ‘The Yellow Rose’: 80s primetime soap could have been a contender
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Dallas, the CBS prime time soap opera that ran for 14 seasons, including the second-most watched series episode in U.S. broadcast history (the cliffhanger-solving Who Done It?, with at least 90 million viewers), and gave television its hands-down greatest villain: actor Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing, the evil, scheming, downright degenerate Texas oilman who captivated the imaginations of America’s last unified TV viewing audience. Continue reading ‘Dallas’ (Season 1): 5 episodes & a BBQ – a taste of what’s to come
“This is the continuing story of Peyton Place….”
Ah, yes…round two of the original Dynasty: the bastard child of night-time super-soap Dallas.
“Peyton Place is more complicated than you think.”
As we await the CW’s way more Hispanic, way more gay Dynasty reboot this October, why don’t we go back to the all-white, just a tad gay original ABC primetime soap opera that debuted in 1981.