Dynasty: The Reunion

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Dynasty: The Reunion
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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 American prime time television soap opera Dynasty, a series which aired on ABC from 1981 to 1989 and was the highest-rated U.S. series in 1985.[1] The miniseries continues the story of 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]

Behind the scenes[edit]

Dynasty's cancellation had left its ninth season finale unresolved and characters in mortal peril; 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 Dynasty: The Reunion 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Al Corley returned as gay Carrington heir Steven, despite the fact that he had left the series after two seasons and been replaced by Jack Coleman.[2][3] With Coleman unavailable due to scheduling conflicts,[2] Corley stepped in even though Steven's change in appearance with the casting of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 Carrington 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 miniseries shooting schedule, Thomson sued ABC for its part in the problem.[citation needed]

Dynasty: The Reunion 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.[citation needed]

Completed credited cast[edit]

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

Plot[edit]

The series finale of Dynasty, broadcast in May 1989, had left oil tycoon Blake Carrington (Forsythe) 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 convicted for the death of his attacker — is pardoned and released from prison.[2]

Krystle has awakened from her coma during the two-year gap and returns to Denver where she is reunited with an overjoyed Blake. Steven (Corley) is now an environmental lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and in a relationship[2] with Bart Fallmont (Cameron Watson), who has returned to Denver. Blake's daughter Fallon (Emma Samms) has split with Jeff Colby (John James), while raising their children and Blake and Krystle's daughter, Krystina Carrington (Jessica Player), and has reunited with Miles Colby (Maxwell Caulfield). Meanwhile, 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 Alexis, who survived the fall from the balcony two years earlier. However, the fate of Dex Dexter, who also fell over the balcony with Alexis remains largely unknown.

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 rekindle their past romance and Blake regains control of Denver-Carrington with Adam's help.

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 ColbyCo and kill her. He drags her to the garage and tries to asphyxiate her with carbon monoxide fumes from one of the cars parked inside, but she is rescued by Adam and Jeff as Van Dorn escapes; he is taken away by the police, who are actually members of the Consortium in disguise. Fallon realizes she still loves Jeff, Adam and Kirby reconcile, and Blake and Krystle hold a family celebration at the mansion, which even Alexis is invited to. After Blake makes a toast to his family, the miniseries ends as he and Krystle dance together, happy at last.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1984-1985 Ratings". ClassicTVhits.com. Retrieved February 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Gliatto, Tom; Vicki Sheff (August 5, 1991). "Alexis Strikes Again!". People (Vol. 36, No. 4). pp. 66–68. Retrieved February 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Schemering, Christopher (September 1985). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia (1st ed.). Ballantine Books. pp. 80–84. ISBN 978-0-345-32459-7. 

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