"We began thinking of a series that had everything that you're not supposed to put on television: rich people, the Midwest, older women - particularly strong and powerful - lots of business, entrepreneurs, greed, opulence... all the Donald Trump stuff."
About This Interview
In her nearly four-hour Archive interview, Esther Shapiro talks for an hour-and-a-half solo and for two-and-a-half hours with her husband/writing partner Richard Shapiro. She discusses her work as an executive story consultant for the 1973-74 series Love Story and details her tenure as Vice President of Novels and Limited Series at ABC, developing projects such as Masada, Roots: The Next Generations, and Ike. In the joint interview, the Shapiros describe creating the hit prime-time drama Dynasty. They speak of the characters and the actors who played them, recall some of the well-known storylines, talk about behind-the-scenes production details and comment on the enduring international popularity of the show. They also touch on the short-lived spin-off series The Colbys and offer their thoughts on why the show didn't match the success of the original program. They outline their early partnership, writing for the daytime soap opera Love of Life, as well as the television movies Sarah T.: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic, Minstrel Man, Intimate Strangers and John Steinbeck's East of Eden. B-roll consists of several photos from Dynasty. Jennifer Howard conducted the interview on May 7, 2004 in Beverly Hills, CA.