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  1. That sounds more realistic than when Dylan was crammed down viewers throats as Nikki and Paul's cult baby.
  2. Jacobs and Hamner were incredible writers. I have been watching some episodes of Family on youtube that an uploader has kindly been posting every few days and David Jacobs wrote a lot of them. The memorable 2 parter where Willie marries his dying girlfriend was written by him.
  3. She was hit by a car if I remember correctly.
  4. David Jacobs said that when he was approached with the" Bringing Bobby back from dead as a dream storyline", he told them "It was a bad idea" and that" viewers will eventually bolt". Patrick Duffy's wife actually came up with that idea. Victoria Principal and her character became bit of a laughing stock. Even the Newhart show made fun of it by having that show all be a dream. In 2019 people still talk and joke about it. I also hated the way they wrote off Pamela Barnes Ewing and then getting a look a like actress to have her die off screen. People had invested 10 years in the show at that point and it was a big let down. Having Pam away working in Paris or wherever with phone calls would have been better than what they came up with.
  5. I think Victoria Principal was right to ditch Dallas in 1987, especially after that stupid dream reveal. Patrick Duffy coming back really messed things up a lot. Principal really wanted to leave a season or two prior and gave the show heads up. The writing was on the decline and she has stated that she feels the first 5 seasons are the best. She's right. Those awful later years was like watching a train wreck. Most of the original cast was let go and stupid characters that nobody cared about came and went.
  6. I thought Heath Kizzier resembled William Gray Espy. How about calling Dr. Chuck Foster ?
  7. Mr. Baker Ron's Boss is actor Stanley Grover. His daughter is actress Cindy Grover who was on Love Of Life in the early 70's.
  8. Thanks for the info. They kept Moss around for decades and people complained he was wooden. I think Clayton was fine in the role. Norcross has carved out a career in Italy. If you google him, most of the stuff that has been written about him is in Italian. I remember when Macy first met Thorne it was still Norcross in the role. Then Trachta came on and Thorne and Macy became the singing couple ala Steve and Betty Jo Elliott on Petticoat Junction. Speaking of Moss, I read that article done a few months back that said the real reason he left B&B was because after an auto accident, his ability to memorize lines was shot. He also said he wished the show had left his character remain without a recast. The show also dumped Stephen Shortridge as Dave by the end of the first year. They could have used him in other pairings. Maybe Dave/Macy/Thorne ?
  9. Ronn Moss seems to still be close to Clayton Norcross. Here are some pics of them in recent years.
  10. I never understood why Judith Baldwin was replaced so quickly after the shows premiere. Does anyone know why the switch ? I wonder what Constance Towers would have been like as Beth Logan ? I don't think there was ever a reason given for the switch from Clayton Norcross to Jeff Trachta.
  11. Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing on Dallas would spew some hilarious lines. In one episode he was confronting Val. She asked him how he found her and he said " When I found out you were back in town, I had my people check out some of the cheaper motels. Figuring you were living the life your accustomed to. Sure enough here you are. He would also refer to Pam as " That Barnes Girl" and told Sue Ellen " Nothing is uglier than a woman who can't handle her liquor". Calling her slut, tramp etc a lot of times when she was passed out... He also was annoyed about Bobby's friend Guzzler showing up and talking non stop. He went upstairs to bed to get away from him and muttered under his breath " That actress Farrah Fawcett Majors could become Farrah Fawcett Guzzler.......LOL
  12. I saw that Beir died in 1980 of cancer. He also appeared on Days circa 1978 as the guy who raped Julie. He was on Dallas in 1979 for 3 episodes. His character was set up by J.R. and a prostitute played by Veronica Hamel. They got a photo of him in bed with Pam while she was separated from Bobby to make it look like a sex scandal. Everyone in the family knew it was a scheme of J.R.'s and it pissed him off when she came back home to Southfork with Bobby.
  13. I saw he is listed on Y&R starting in 1980, but I though Mitchell started appearing on the show in the 1970's.
  14. On the show in the first episode Snapper tells Stuart it was because of his disposition. He wants to become a doctor to live like the Brooks do because he see's them as wealthy. Bell said the real life kid named Snapper was snotty and bratty.
  15. I remember back in the late 90's on the old news group boards James Houghton who was writing for Y&R at the time would post there. At first I was skeptical, but he would tell you stuff that would happen on the show way in advance. He would also answer questions about playing Greg in the early days and referred to William Gray Espy as a bit of a strange fish. He said all Espy really wanted to do really is play golf. A period of time after (about a year) they did an update on Espy in SOD and sure enough he was running a golf course on his hometown of Dothan, Alabama. Houghton was also asked why he decided to leave Knots Landing and he said " I didn't, I was asked to leave"....LOL Someone also asked if he would ever pop in as Greg (this was before the 2003 return) and he said probably not, but maybe do a cameo as a janitor or a computer tech.
  16. The original set decorator for Y&R in the 70's was Brock Broughton who went on to do the sets for Dynasty in the 80's. I think Brock Reynolds was named after him and made his debut in 1974. I wonder if Reynolds was added because of the extreme popularity of Burt Reynolds at the time. Brad Bell = Brad Elliott Lauralee Bell = Lauralee (Lorie) Brooks Lee "Phillip" Bell - Phillip Chancellor William J. Bell & William Jr. - William " Bill" Foster Sr. & Jr. (Snapper). The Bells had friends with a son nicknamed Snapper.
  17. Speaking of Matt played by Robert Parucha......there was an actor that looked similar to him named John Darby. He was the boyfriend of Barker Beauty Holly Halstrom on the Price Is Right for a period in the mid 80's. It stated on TPIR that he was on Y&R and Capitol. I do not remember him on either show. I was in school then and only go to see the shows on breaks. Does anyone remember him and the roles he played ? I assume they were short stints. Here is a clip of him surprising Holly in a showcase in 1984.
  18. I had read that rumor about Lilibet letting herself go on the old media domain boards. Supposedly she was an exercise instructor and nurse at one point in her life. There was also a story of a nasty divorce from her first husband and details about the home they were living in. She is now in real estate and looks good. She goes by her re-married last name Iken now.
  19. I agree. A lot of episodes were written by David Jacobs (Dallas & Knots Landing).
  20. Judith Chapman on Family in 1980.
  21. Yes. A woman called them all one by one to meet at The Colonnade Room, but it was never revealed who it was.
  22. Back in the mid 90's on Y&R when Bug was planning her wedding to Paul, they randomly started talking about Patty and they showed pics of Lilibet Stern while Mary and Bug looked at a photo album. Alex Donnelly was brought back as Diane Jenkins at that time. The history of Jack/Patty/Diane was brought up and Paul was ranting how Jack had hurt Patty. On the day of Bug & Paul's wedding, the phone started ringing after everyone had left for the church. They showed the back of a blonde woman in a phone booth calling. Then it was all dropped and Diane was put into Victor's orbit. I wonder if Lilbet Stern was asked to return and she declined ?
  23. I always remember Peggy Cass as the hilarious big mouth mother of Abby, Gidget's rival in "Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)". Jeff Donnell (Stella on GH) was Gidget's mother and Carl Reiner was her father. Reiner and Donnell were great together. There is one scene where she is trying to feed him pineapple on the beach that makes me chuckle. Vicki Trickett was good as the snotty jealous Abby, but dropped out of acting to become a teacher according to her imdb bio. She was already a mother in real life when she won the role at age 22.
  24. These diva stories are hilarious. I would love to have seen some these people go head to head with each other. Imagine a showdown with: Larry Hagman and George Peppard Melody Thomas Scott and Deidre Hall Susan Flannery and Mary Stuart etc...
  25. The Dallas Fanzine is an awesome page. They have a lot of rare behind the scenes photos. In one they show Victoria Principal on the set of the 1978 5 part mini series with the Box family maid. The interior of the Box mansion is different than what was shown on camera. They used a different interior (with the dark woodwork) from another house. The Box house had painted trim typical of colonial style homes like the permanent Southfork. It's a shame that house burned in 1987.
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