I still have ideas for a Peyton Place remake, but figured it'd be a good idea to devote different threads to different aspects/scenarios/details/whatever. In the hopes that more people will be willing to join in on brainstorming, haha. But anyway, I re-watched some old youtube clips of "Desperate Housewives", and one of them was about how many deaths there were on that show. Its like, "Before GAME OF THRONES, Death reigned supreme on Wisteria Lane..." And that got me thinking, could that be applied to the new Peyton Place? Could several characters meet their own untimely demise each season? ....Well, the short answer is "Yes." I realized this when I was going over Season 1, and realized there are a potential 15 death scenes that could take place. 3 of them would happen in the pilot: The very first character that we see die would be Elizabeth Carson, murdered at the hands of her husband, Elliot. However, this would be seen as a flashback, since I decided the audience should be informed right away of Constance MacKenzie's "Deep Dark Secret." Its like what Hitchcock said, it's better for the audience to know right away that there's a bomb underneath the table that the characters are having dinner at, rather than reveal it when said bomb goes off. That way, you get more suspense and investment from your audience. Of course, in the case of Constance, the audience being privy to her secret (that she got pregnant by a married man, who then murdered his own wife to be with Constance, but then was arrested and convicted) would help them understand, and maybe even sympathize with, why Connie acts so cold with her own daughter. But anyway, that's off-topic. The next character we see die would be Elizabeth Standish, the widowed mother of Constance. Once again, this is a flashback scene, and I imagine it happening where an overly paranoid Mrs. Standish is out walking by the white gazebo, imagining that she's hearing the residents of Peyton Place talking about her family: "There goes Elizabeth Standish. Her daughter got into trouble with some feller down to New York." "It's all in the way you bring up a child, what they do when they're grown." "They say the feller murdered his wife, all because of Constance." "Constance had a little girl and caused a married woman's death." "Poor little bastard." "Bastard." "That murdering whore Constance Standish, and her dirty little bastard." As these words begin repeating over and over in Mrs. Standish's head, she begins to sway before she collapses on the ground. It never stated in the book how she died, so I'm having it so that the stress of people finding out their secret was what caused Elizabeth Standish to die young. Allison was only three years old when this happened. The third death that takes place in the pilot is a present-day death, and of course, Catherine Peyton Harrington is the victim. She dies in much the same way how her 1960s counterpart did, although we do get to see her corpse: after Leslie Harrington is told on the phone that his wife is now dead, we fade to an overhead shot of Catherine's face staring blankly into the camera, which zooms out to show her pale little body laying in a white hospital bed, before all goes to black. Next up on the chopping block is Dr. Bradford, followed by Dr. Morton. Because they're the ones responsible for Catherine's death by preventing Dr. Rossi from operating on her, I decided to have Martin Peyton seek revenge on the two by having them assassinated - but also making it look like they've committed suicide. Further on into the season. Dr. Claire Morton would turn up, and confide in Dr. Michael Rossi her suspicions that her father didn't really commit suicide, but Martin Peyton gets to show just what a Magnificent Bastard he truly is by getting Claire to leave town without ever discovering the truth. I think this would serve to show just what lengths Martin Peyton will go in order to achieve what he wants, but it won't make him "too evil", since he was (at least in his eyes) avenging his daughter's death, at least. After that, we get the death of Principal Abner Firth. At first I was just going to have him be a quick throwaway character who dies suddenly of a heart attack in his driveway, but now I'm thinking about giving him a slightly bigger role before he kicks the bucket. On the first day of school, Principal Firth tries to get on Rodney's case about being a better student, but after letting "the smart-mouthed Harrington boy" get under his skin and having a freak-out, Abner Firth has a heart attack and dies - possibly right in front of Rodney, too. Perhaps Rodney even gets the "credit" for snuffing out Principal Firth's life... which does come into play later on during the Chernak debacle. But more on that later. The next character who dies is the unborn baby of Rodney Harrington and Betty Anderson. I know, that probably doesn't really count, being an unborn (and therefore unseen) baby, but still, its a life that ends. And I'm counting it for this list. Besides, this also gets brought up later on during Rodney's trial. We then have another "flashback death" when Nellie Cross gives the grisly tale of how her first husband, Curtis Chamberlain, died when Selena was only six weeks old: he was crushed by logs that fell off a truck. We actually get two more death scenes in this flashback when Nellie also recounts how the first wife of Lucas Cross died giving birth to Paul, and that Nellie herself also had a miscarriage after marrying Lucas. Yes, I'm counting that one too. Yet another "flashback death" is that of Oakleigh Page, the father of Norman Page. It was never stated just how he died; the closest explanation was that he was seemingly "talked" to death by the fierce tongues of his vicious daughters, Charlotte and Carolyn, and his crazy wife, Evelyn. Norman recounts to Allison how they got the news of his father's death: the Page sisters arrived at Evelyn's door, and told her, "Oakleigh Page is dead," to which Evelyn replied, "God rest his morally and spiritually weak soul," before shutting the door in their faces. We go back to having present-day deaths when Selena Cross has her infamous abortion, thanks to being impregnated by her own stepfather. Afterwards, we have Joe Chernak's accidental death, thanks to his fight with Rodney Harrington. The whole town begins to notice a pattern with Rodney over the past year, how he seems to cause a lot of people's deaths (one of them being his own unborn child). Rodney, who in this version starts off spoiled, self-centered and cossetted, begins to seriously re-think his life as he too notices the pattern; not to mention becomes terrified that he won't able to get off this time - and for a crime he didn't technically do. Not long after, we get the death of Gus Chernak, who uses his last few breaths to get Stella to promise she'll see Rodney Harrington be put in jail. In this version, Gus is lives long enough to be brought to the hospital... where Nurse's Aide Betty Anderson confronts him for manipulating her manic-depressive father so that he landed in the nuthouse. Betty then tampers with Gus' medication/machine in order to cause his death. The final death of the season is that of Nellie Cross, who hangs herself in Allison's bedroom closet. Beforehand, she hallucinated that an angel-form of Lucas beckoned her to come join him. So there. Fifteen death scenes in 30 episodes, though because some of them take place in the same episode, that means only about 10 episodes have death in them.