'Dynasty' miniseries will include humor and a fight scene


August 02, 1991|By Michael Hill

LOS ANGELES -- About the fourth year of "Dynasty," Linda Evans, who starred as Krystle Carrington in the series, was in a store in Greece admiring a pair of earrings.

"Thanks to 'Dynasty' I acquired a liking for jewelry," she said of her admiration for this particular pair of diamond and sapphire earrings.

"I didn't have enough traveler's checks with me, so I asked if I could use a credit card."

Instead, the shopkeeper told her just to send along a money order when she got home. Evans protested that she should pay now, but the man insisted.

"He said, 'Mrs. Carrington, I know you very well.' I said, 'I'm Linda Evans, I'm not Mrs. Carrington.' He said, 'I watch you, I know you, I trust you. Take them.' And I took them, he let me leave with them. And I paid him."

Evans was speaking to the press tour because "Dynasty" is returning to ABC in late October as a four-hour miniseries.

"There's a lot of humor in this," executive producer Esther Shapiro said. "One of the things we wanted to do was to make it a real miniseries, not four one-hour 'Dynastys.'

"We wanted to do it lighthearted, but there's also some $l melodrama. There's a real story. We also wanted to reflect the changes that went on in this country in the '80s and '90s, so we're looking at the buying up of America, which really affects an entrepreneurial family like this.

"The idea is that this should be available to a person who's never seen 'Dynasty.' They should be able to see this, understand what went on, and still have a full show."

Evans assured the press conference that the miniseries would contain one "Dynasty" staple.

"What would a miniseries about 'Dynasty' be without our annual fight," she said of the inevitable physical confrontation with Joan Collins' character.

"Joan doesn't particularly like to do anything that has to do with fighting, she's much better verbally. So they give her most of the great dialogue and I get all the good punches."

This miniseries might not mark the end of "Dynasty."

"Will it continue? I don't know," its other executive producer, Aaron Spelling, said. "We hope it would be fun to bring 'Dynasty' back for a two-hour movie every year, or another miniseries every two years.

"But I think that depends on whether the audience accepts this one. It also depends on ABC. But we have not given up hope that 'Dynasty' will never die, it may continue forever."

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