All My Shadows

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  1. Are you referring to the first season only, or the entire series? The first season had a main cast of 9 - Dallas and Knots Landing both began with 8. In regards to the entire series, all of the primetime soaps had huge casts. Dynasty was the only one that made it a point to credit every regular, recurring, and major guest characters in the opening credits. The others had no problem crediting significant recurring characters at the closing or under the first act of the show. Mary Crosby literally shot JR and was never more than an "Also Starring," but on Dynasty, she would have had her own innuendo-laden spot in the opening.
  2. I asked these same questions re: ODAAT just several months ago. They produced a damn good show, though, so I'm rolling with it, but those questions still remain. Will this group inspire the same level of "Oh well, IDK why they did it this way, but I'm glad they're doing it"? Maybe so, probably not. Y'all know I like to wait and see.
  3. To your first point, I think it's neither here nor there. For whatever reason, it's the zeitgeist. A year ago, they were talking about bringing Coach back, of all shows, so literally nothing is out of the question. Hell, even our very own AMC and OLTL, in their online forms, could be considered part of the trend. To your second point, the misconception, to me, seems to be that this is going be either a direct remake or will be heavily influenced by the original series. The fact that it's on The CW and will be geared towards a younger audience all but confirms that this won't be the Dynasty that is beloved by nostalgia freaks and gay men, which is also why I think those particular groups (of which I proudly belong to both - notice I left out "Reagan-era" :lol:) will be disappointed no matter how this turns out unless they're also interested in current young adult dramas. My thing with remakes has always been that if the show has the same feel, then it's a go. The new ODAAT is the first remake in a looooooooong time (outside of something like the latest Pyramid revival) that has passed that test for me, and I was one of the ones who questioned its existence when it was first released. They changed the ethnicity of the three central characters, merged two of the original's characters into one (nuODAAT's Alex is definitely a combo of Barbara and original Alex), changed all but two of the characters' first names, changed the setting, etc, yet every single episode still had the feeling of the original series. That type of thing takes a lot of care, planning, and passion, so it rarely happens, and odds are it most likely won't happen here either, but it can definitely be done. And perhaps the key is completely overhauling - going more for "reimagining" than "remake."
  4. I don't think the Shapiros ever compared the show to I, Claudius - they were hoping to adapt the story to a contemporary setting. Once this was paired with ABC and Spelling's desire to have their own Dallas, Dynasty was born. The thing is, people can down talk the show as much as they want to, but it still stands as one of the most widely viewed series in the history of television. It shouldn't be a shock that this is happening, especially considering we've already had a TV movie about the making of the series, several reunion specials, and now-outdated rumors of feature film adaptations. It was only a matter of time. I think the fundamental changes they're making are a direct reflection of their realization that they can't just ape the original series. IDK, maybe it's because I was so impressed with Netflix's One Day at a Time that I'm mildly optimistic about this.
  5. All y'all talking about the need for the characters to be WASPs have never known black people who are bourgie as fck? It's exactly the same thing.
  6. For me, VI's portrayal of David Hayward was appealing because there was always that layer of deep vulnerability. It was a constant grief over his life's losses that I think ultimately drove a lot of what the character did. VI knew how to walk the fine line between tortured villain and cartoon villain.
  7. I'm not too crazy about it. I agree with whoever said it looks like it was fan-created. I love them going back to the classic Y&R logo, but the whole thing looks cheap as hell. There's not a lot of movement, which is awkward because all of the cast members are staring right at us through the whole thing.
  8. I dropped the show last month - through no fault of its own, just because I'm always lacking time to watch stuff these days, but I binged a few episodes this evening, and I'm still in love. Just when you think it's a silly, light-weight comedy, they get you in the feels. The episode with Alex interviewing Abuelita to get info on her youth in Cuba was so beautifully done, and of course, you have the other plot with Elena's discomfort accepting an honor on the basis of her ethnicity. I just can't get over how well they integrate real issues without it feeling forced at all. The relationships between the characters are great. Schneider and Dr. Berkowitz feel like they belong now. The bond between Abuelita and Alex is sweet, and Alex has yet to be annoying or precocious. Elena's weirdness is layered, and I'm so glad the cute baseball player was legitimately interested in her and not there to play a stereotypical fckboy role. They're just hitting it out of the park in such an unassuming way.
  9. I didn't really mind the other segments. It looks like they try to fit in all of that type of stuff with whatever the theme of the episode is, and I thought it was so neat that they did a scrapbooking thing as a tribute to AMC's opening titles. I can't say it enough, they really put some thought into this. I agree with you on Kim Delaney. Gracious and appropriate, but always aloof, as if she doesn't really know or remember how huge Greg and Jenny were. Debbi and Darnell would have fit in perfectly with the other guests, but I guess they only had room for so many people. I'm so thankful this was done by a production outside of the soap industry (or network TV industry, even). They showed more love and appreciation than the people who were supposed to show that ever did. In many ways, it was better than the special episode of The View from 9/23/11.
  10. Currently watching, and yes, so full of love and respect for the show. It's like a reunion/retrospective for a classic primetime rerun staple. I like the fact that the people on Home and Family allow their guests to speak. Cameron Mathison is officially in the "never ages" category. He looks exactly the same as he did when I started watching nearly 16 years ago. Better, actually. I have so much love for MEK, and that's not something that was necessarily there when the show was still on. I don't think it's too late for him to get that one big role that breaks him into the mainstream. Bob Nixon looks exactly like his mother.
  11. I wish TV themes were fun again...
  12. Y'all really got the time to not only watch shows you claim to have not enjoyed in over 10-15 years but also spend hours arguing with strangers on the Internet about said shows? Wow.

  13. It's crazy how a lot of the basic conventions of message boards were already in place over 30 years ago.
  14. I've been waiting for this show for a few months now. Never was into the Archie stuff - I think my generation just wasn't exposed to it much at all outside of Sabrina (and, to a lesser extent, Josie), but I'm always interested in teen dramas, especially the increasingly rare non-fantasy/non-scifi variety. I haven't watched a single episode yet, and the reviews aren't making me want to use my precious TV time on it just yet. But Cole Sprouse is going to end being enough to make me want to tune in, I just know it.