Connections between "Falcon Crest" and Other Productions
Some character names and some company names were used identically before and after "Falcon Crest" in other productions.
In the crime drama "Barnaby Jones" centered around the private investigator by the same name, the episode "Twenty Million Alibis" (# 013 <1.13>; original U.S. airdate: 05/06/1973, CBS) featured a character by the name of Angela Channing played by guest star SUSANNE HILDUR (later SUSANNE BENTON, born 1948).
It is pure concidence that the same name would later become the main character of "Falcon Crest".
In # 053 <3.13> of "Falcon Crest" (original U.S. airdate: 12/23/1983, CBS), KCPY Radio 96 was introduced as a radio station in the Tuscany Valley. It was also seen as a San Francisco radio station in # 104 <5.06>, and another affiliate station by that name was seen in Ridley, OK in # 143 <6.16>.
Only approximately a month after it was first established on "Falcon Crest", the same name - KCPY - was used on "Knight Rider" as a radio station in "White-Line Warriors" (# 037 <2.15>; original U.S. airdate: 01/29/1984). There is no information available at this time if the use of this abbreviation was coincidential.
Kit Marlowe, the alias primarily used by KIM NOVAK's character, Susan Cameron, in season 6 of "Falcon Crest" was later reused on "Dallas" where, in season 13 (original count) / 14 (DVD count) the part of a young woman in Malibu (portrayed by SHARI SHATTUCK) was given that name. This rôle appeared on "Dallas" for the first time in "90265" (# 13.13 / 14.13 ; original U.S. airdate: 02/08/1991, CBS), followed by four more episodes that season.
For details about the Kit Marlowe name on "Falcon Crest", check the entry in # 128 <6.01> in our Behind the Scenes section.
It is an inside joke by HOWARD LAKIN, who served as the supervising producer on "Dallas" at that time. He had worked on "Falcon Crest" before - in seasons 6 and 7: in his first year, as a story editor and writer; in his second year, as a supervising producer and writer. HOWARD worked on "Dallas" from approximately mid-season 11 (original count) / 12 (DVD count) until the series finale in season 13 (original count) / 14 (DVD count); first, as a producer, then in the last two years as a supervising producer.
He had a preference for reusing some specific names. On "Dallas", some supporting characters appeared with the same last names that he had previously used on "Falcon Crest", but with different first names (e.g. Rosemont and Breslin).