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An interview with Michael Filerman.

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  1. Jock Og

    Jock Og Soap Chat Well-Known Member EXP: 19 Years

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    Thirteen and a half years ago Jason Yates and James Holmes phoned Michael Filerman (R.I.P.). Their interview was posted on the old forum site. Let us have a look at the very insightful interview again, from the link shown below. Michael Filerman is probably best remembered for his work on KNOTS LANDING, although he was also involved with three other eighties classics; DALLAS, FALCON CREST and FLAMINGO ROAD. FALCON CREST is discussed towards the end of the interview.

    www.knotslanding.net\interviews\michaelfilerman.html


    Angela is in a sanatorium, after under handed manoeuvring from Richard to obtain control of the successful Falcon Crest wine business. Lance is with her, in the visiting room, (a scene from season 8, 1988 - '89):

    Angela: "Have you heard from Emma?"

    Lance: "No but I've talked to Daniel's publishers. He is tracking them down."

    Angela: "What about Julia?"

    Lance: "She is in a convent in Italy, on some retreat."

    Angela: "Damn!"

    Lance: "Grandmother what is going on?"

    Angela: "Does something always have to be going on? I just want to see my daughters."

    Lance: "Now you know what I mean. You have Kenneth Loane (FC attorney) running all over town for ya. Why?"

    Angela: "He has other clients besides me. Why is it that everyone thinks I'm always up to something?"

    Lance: "Don't get all worked up now. Everything is going to be okay."

    Angela: "Don't talk to me like I'm the village idiot. I'm not crazy! If I want my daughters with me there is nothing wrong with that."
     
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  2. James from London

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    It's a shame the interview he did with falconcrest.org isn't freely available. I bet that's an interesting read.
     
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    I wasn't a fan of season 8, which he came back from the sidelines to take control off. That said at least he had some idea of what long term fans wanted, compared to Thorpe and Surnow who butchered the brand in the final year.
     
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  4. Jock Og

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    I would say so too. As far as I know Michael's interview is only available to paid up members, of the fan club. I'm not a member of the club. Gioberti84 you're on the money about Mr. Thorpe and Mr. Surnow. Since they were given carte blanche what they offered up resulted in a 81st position on the Nielsen and FC was a dead duck. Many people would suggest that the rot was happening maybe three years earlier but at least Jeff Freilich kept some ingredients familiar, with Earl Hamner's creation. FC season 9 had a couple of redeeming features, alas the show in the final year was more like a crime and grime drama.


    Kristian Alfonso (who acts Pilar Ortega Cumson) is being interviewed. There is some FC conversation about her co-stars, ('behind the scenes' from season 9, 1989 - '90):

    "Lorenzo Lamas (Lance) is very sensitive, a real gentleman. That goes for David Selby (Richard) as well. They're both such wonderful men, so caring and giving."
     
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  5. Falcon Crest I

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    I can appreciate what Michael Filerman was trying to do with his season 8 work. He was trying to make the show a bit like season 1 again less OTT escapism and more of a working class feel when the Ortegas featured. However with 50% of the core cast not around and Pilar becoming a leading woman very quickly FC was soon a different show. However there were still some laughs (typical of the show) compared to the majority of the ninth year. Most of the humour came from Angela and Chao-Li, in 88 to 89.
     
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    Michael Filerman wasn't my favourite producer, especially as he was the man behind doing the heave ho of Ana Alicia and then having to embarrassingly decide to bring her back, in a look-a-like part. It was a win win for Ana because of the contract she had but a massive error of judgement by Michael. Robert L. McCullough was without a doubt the finest Falcon Crest producer. I still enjoyed your interview though James.
     
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    What are their other interviews like? Do they still frequent the forum? I always thought they were the reason people voted to leave the EU.
     
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    They're quite specific in some of their questions -- things like 'what's Maggie's real birthdate?' -- but in fairness, there's really interesting stuff in there.

    Not as far as I know, sadly.
     
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    I’m watching season 1 now. I can feel the Waltons in it. A rich Walton’s. But I liked the later years, the OTT I guess. By 8 I’d agree it went back to season 1 and then by 9 it was wrecked. I’m not familiar with who produced what.
     
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    I suppose season 8 was an attempt to bring the show back to it's roots. Although under Mike Filerman's control there was more wrong with the season than there was right.
     
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    Yes, the Ortegas seemed to be a kind of replacement for the Nunouz-Family (Gus and Mario) from Season 1, but that wasn't working anymore then, especially after the crazy season 7. To continue the show with so much Ortega-Screentime was just too little, too late. The Ortegas were just boring.
    I liked what they did with Melissa in the first 2 or 3 episodes, when she slowly lost her mind as new Queen of Falcon Crest, haunted by Angelas spirit in her mind. But they should have NEVER killed her off, she was essential to the show at that point.
     
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    It's the opposite to me. I always hated when Melissa went crazy. There were already a lot of psycho women in "Falcon Crest" and it's a shame considering how bright Melissa was in early years. That's why I like Samantha, she is quite like the Melissa of the early years. And I also like that Melissa was killed. She was better dead than badly written.
    However, I regret that Samantha did not came in Tuscanny Valley right after Melissa's death.
     
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    I remember someone uploading the first two or three episodes of season eight on YouTube back ten or more years ago. It wasn't horrible, but I hated that the mansion burned down. That's like something daytime soaps do when a new producer takes over.
     
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    For some the mansion burning down could be viewed as a blaze of glory for Melissa but there were better ways of writing the character off.
     
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