Eileen and Robert Mason Pollock

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Eileen "Mike" Pollock (1926–2012) and Robert Mason Pollock were married American television screenwriters and producers best known as writers on the long-running 1980s series Dynasty, its spin-off series The Colbys and the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion[1]—all of which were created by the married writers and producers Richard and Esther Shapiro.

The second-season additions of the Pollocks and Joan Collins (in the role of Alexis) are generally credited with Dynasty's subsequent rise in the ratings;[2] it became the number one series in 1985.[3] The Pollocks "soft-pedaled the business angle" of the show and "bombarded viewers with every soap opera staple in the book, presented at such a fast clip that a new tragedy seemed to befall the Carrington family every five minutes."[2]

The Pollocks brought the daytime series The Doctors its highest ratings in the early 1970s.[2] They also wrote for General Hospital from 1976 to 1977. In 1997, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to them.[4]

On December 5, 2012, six months after Eileen Pollock "suffered a massive stroke", her obituary was published in The Desert Sun of Coachella Valley.[where?][5]

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  1. ^ Frenzel, Gerhard G. (1999). Portrait of the Stars. Palm Springs, CA: Palm Springs Walk of Stars. pp. 122, 185. ASIN B0006FBSG4. LCCN 98093956. 
  2. ^ a b c Schemering, Christopher (September 1985). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. pp. 80–81. ISBN 0-345-32459-5. 
  3. ^ 1984-1985 Ratings - ClassicTVhits.com
  4. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars webpage
  5. ^ "Eileen (Mike) Pollock (1926 – 2012)". The Desert Sun (Gannett; archived at Legacy.com). December 5–7, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 

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