Following TNT's successful Dallas relaunch, stars of the 1981-1990 CBS primetime soap Falcon Crest have been approached by one of the original show's writers about their interest in appearing in a reboot.
"There's not much I can say, for reasons that go beyond myself," original star William Moses said at the premiere of War Horse at Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre. "Warner Bros. owns the rights and so it's a discussion between them and the writers. There is a pitch and an idea germinating that has some traction. The producers contacted me to ask if I'd be interested, and I said yes. Where it goes on the producing side, I don't know."
Susan Sullivan, who played Moses' TV mother, Maggie, on the Northern California-set soap, was the first to clue me in to the project. Because her character was killed off the series, her involvement would only be as a specter in the mind of surviving characters.
According to Sullivan, the proposed new series would focus on Moses' Cole Gioberti and David Selby's Richard Channing, son of the matriarch Angela (the late Jane Wyman). "David and I speak periodically and are old friends and it would be fascinating for me to work with him again," says Moses, whose character exited the series after six seasons. "Life was too small for Cole in the vineyards, so he went to Australia to form a new life. Because the character was left open-ended, I would be curious to see what that boy became as a man. I can see him coming back to the valley with a chip on his shoulder."
War Horse's Los Angeles engagement continues through Oct. 13 and gets high marks from Moses. "I took my daughter to London when she graduated high school, and I tried to get tickets to War Horse but couldn't," he says. "Three years later I'm very excited to see it. It's a phenomenal production."
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