here.) During the 1984-85 season, when the show became the #1 series in the U.S., plans were put into motion to create a spin-off. Such a plan had already been proven successful when Dallas gave birth to Knots Landing years before. In the fall of 1985, events began to take place on Dynasty that would set the wheels in motion for its sister series, Dynasty II: The Colbys, a crowded, even more glitzy prime-time soap. I was there with goggle-eyes, watching yet another marathon of TV as the new show made its debut.
There was a two-hour episode of Dynasty on Wednesday, November 14th, followed the Wednesday after by an hour of Dynasty, then an hour of Dynasty II. I will never, ever forget waiting for the new show to begin and having the credits start. The screen lit up and there was the by now familiar musical trill that signaled the beginning of Dynasty's theme song. I instantly thought, “Shit! They've gone and used the exact same music for the credits!” However, that was not the case. That tad bit of familiar music suddenly gave way to a rousing, sweeping new theme that swiftly became one of my all-time favorites.
Expectations for the show ran high. See this clipping of an interview with Philip Brown (who played a record exec on The Colbys and the love interest of Tracy Scoggins.) Nowadays, a handsome, salt 'n peppery Brown can often be spotted in pain reliever commercials.
Though it wasn't a “cliffhanger,” Miss Stanwyck's character headed off on an extended trip with her cowpoke. The reason was because she had decided to depart the show, giving it a kick in the head it really couldn't afford.
Beacham's back story was tampered with a bit, which was annoying, but it did result in some hefty fireworks between Collins and her. This season was produced by someone other than Richard and Esther Shapiro and, though there were definitely some unwelcome facets to it, it signaled to many fans a return to the glory days of the show.
Heston had worked alongside Parks in his 1976 film The Last Hard Men. So, in the biggest little town in the world, most of these folks had bumped up against one another before.
tribute. When The Colbys was cancelled, I figured I would never again get to see the show or even hear its theme song again, but fortunately it was unearthed after close to fifteen years and rerun on SoapNet, where I was able to capture all 49 episodes on video.