Pacific Palisades (TV series)

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Pacific Palisades
Pacific Palisades cast.jpg
Main cast
GenreSoap opera
Created byDiane Messina Stanley
James Stanley
Written byHeather Conkie
Peter Dunne
Joel J. Feigenbaum
Carla Kettner
Lynn Marie Latham
Diane Messina Stanley
James Stanley
Directed byGabrielle Beaumont
Chip Chalmers
Mel Damski
Richard Denault
Les Landau
Richard Lang
Eleanor Lindo
Charles Pratt, Jr.
David Semel
Les Sheldon
James Whitmore, Jr.
Theme music composerDan Foliart
Opening theme"Pacific Palisades"
ComposerTim Truman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producersAaron Spelling
Diane Messina Stanley
James Stanley
E. Duke Vincent
EditorsDerek Berlatsky
Bob Bring
Mitchell Danton
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time45 min
Production companyAaron Spelling Productions
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkFox
Original releaseApril 9 –
July 30, 1997 (1997-07-30)

Pacific Palisades is an American soap opera that aired on Fox during prime time from April to July 1997. Produced by Aaron Spelling, the show was cancelled after thirteen episodes despite a last-minute attempt to increase ratings by casting Joan Collins as Laura's mother.

The show was originally supposed to be a vehicle for Erika Eleniak.[1] She was due to play the Laura Sinclair role which was eventually given to Kimberley Davies.


Set in the Los Angeles district of the same name, the series follows the lives of young professionals who have it all, but haven't paid for it yet, on the Southern California fast track to fame, fortune, scandal and ruin.

The cast of characters includes Joanna (Michelle Stafford) and Nick Hadley (Jarrod Emick), a young married couple who left their native Midwest for the Pacific Coast where Nick has landed a job as an architect; Joanna's troubled teenage sister Rachel Whittaker (Natalia Cigliuti) – later discovered to be her illegitimate daughter at the end of the series; Rachel's friends Ashley (Jennifer Banko) and Michael (J. Trevor Edmond) who excel in sneakiness; Robert (Greg Evigan) and Kate Russo (Finola Hughes), whose sterling life is beginning to tarnish; Jessica Mitchell (Jocelyn Seagrave), a rising professional whose choice of men leads to trouble; Matt Dunning (Lucky Vanous), a construction businessman with a dark side; Laura Sinclair (Kimberley Davies), a real estate agent who does whatever it takes to close a deal; Cory Robbins (Dylan Neal), a promising but manipulative plastic surgeon; and beautiful Beth Hooper (Brittney Powell), who rents an apartment from Laura and is being romanced by Cory.

Cast list[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Welcome to the Neighborhood"Richard LangDiane Messina Stanley & James StanleyApril 9, 1997 (1997-04-09)
2"The Bet"Eleanore LindoJoel J. FeigenbaumApril 16, 1997 (1997-04-16)
3"The Other Woman"David SemelDiane Messina StanleyApril 23, 1997 (1997-04-23)
4"All Hell Breaks Loose"Chip ChalmersHeather ConkieApril 30, 1997 (1997-04-30)
5"Mothers and Other Strangers"Les SheldonCarla KettnerMay 7, 1997 (1997-05-07)
6"Runaway"James Whitmore, Jr.James StanleyJune 11, 1997 (1997-06-11)
7"Past & Present Danger"David SemelHeather ConkieJune 18, 1997 (1997-06-18)
8"Desperate Measure"Richard DenaultJoel J. FeigenbaumJune 25, 1997 (1997-06-25)
9"Best Laid Plans"Gabrielle BeaumontLynn Marie LathamJuly 2, 1997 (1997-07-02)
10"Private Showing"Les SheldonDiane Messina StanleyJuly 9, 1997 (1997-07-09)
11"Motherly Love"Mel DamskiLynn Marie LathamJuly 16, 1997 (1997-07-16)
12"Sweet Revenge"David SemelJames StanleyJuly 23, 1997 (1997-07-23)
13"End Game"Les SheldonPeter DunneJuly 30, 1997 (1997-07-30)


  1. ^ Ray Richmond (January 14, 1997). "Fox exex soft-shoe critical barrage". Variety.

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