Season's Greetings to the DFCF
[The parts in brackets were edited for publication purposes.]
senior vice president TV publicity at LORIMAR:
Dec 20, 2016
[...] Have a Happy Holiday season!
STEPHEN BLACK & HENRY STERN
writers, executive script consultants and co-producers (seasons 2, 3 and 8):
Dec 20, 2016
Thank you for the season greetings. So glad you remember us — you are much better about keeping up than are we. We appreciate hearing from you from time to time.
[...] We just returned from a month in South Africa and Botswana visiting four game camps for camera safaris. The adventure was terrific — our third time there — despite the devastating news about our election we learned as we stepped off the plane in Johannesburg. Despite droughts in SA as well as Botswana we managed to see an array of animals in the wild. I also was able to see a black mamba snake devouring a bat. I'm fascinated with snakes and great white sharks. I mentioned to each of our guides in the range rovers that I didn't care so much about birds and antelopes as I did the dangerous species. LOL So seeing the mamba up close was a thrill.
On the return trip the flight from Jo-Burg to Doha was 8 hours. Then we had an 8 hour layover in Doha in the Qatar business class lounge which was quite comfortable with private showers and sleeping rooms and all kinds of cafes and restaurants. Then sixteen hours to LA then 2 and half hours limo ride into Palm Springs. Henry and I had jet lag for ten days upon our return and are just now rallying.
So pleased to hear you and Dorothy are doing well.
Thanks again for the email. We'll try and be better from this end in the coming year.
Steve and Henry
writer, story editor and supervising producer (seasons 6 and 7):
Dec 21, 2016
Lovely to hear from you!
Glad you, your friends and family are doing well. You can follow @howardlakin on Twitter if you want to see what I'm interested in these days. It's remarkable that the fan club still thrives. Well done...
Here's wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
writer and story editor (seasons 1 through 3):
Dec 23, 2016
Thanks so much for the note. Wishing you and Dorothy, as well as all the loyal fans of Falcon Crest, a wonderful holiday and all the very best in 2017.
Things here have been busy. I spent considerable time writing a six-part limited series [...].
At the same time, "The Wall" was selected by the Writers Guild of America to receive the Feature Writer Access Award. This is the second year in a row I have won this award (2015 it was a legal thriller titled "A Cool State of Blood"). While there are no offers attached, it is always gratifying to be recognized by one's peers.
At the same time, I've been approached by a producer looking to mount a limited series. [...] We shall see.
Again, warmest wishes for the holiday season and throughout the new year.
ROBERT L. McCULLOUGH,
writer, executive story consultant, director and supervising producer (seasons 1 through 3):
Dec 23, 2016
Great to hear from you. [...]
Sad to hear on the news about the violence in Berlin this week. I'm afraid that stuff is going to be with us for a while longer... just hope that the change in US political power will have a positive effect for us all. Personally, I think that Obama's kumbaya approach to things has put much of the world in a good place, particularly those poor people in Syria.
All we can do is hug the ones we love and pray for those in harm's way.
I'm insanely busy with writing projects. Doing some ghost-screenwriting for those willing to pay the fare, just finished an ebook for a real estate investor, and am constantly juggling a handful of business / professional clients' online marketing efforts.
I had coffee with David Selby a few weeks back. He hasn't changed a bit; still a wonderful, thoughtful guy. I'm having lunch with Garner in a few weeks as well. He and I are in fairly constant touch.
Suzanne and I are interviewing Susan Sullivan in January for our "Where Hollywood Hides" iTunes podcast series. The podcasts are a lot of work to produce, but it's great fun and it manages to sell enough books to keep it all going.
Falcon Crest remains in a Warner Bros. strangle hold of "indecision" which is their way of avoiding the risk of actually doing something. It's impossible to fail if you don't try, so executives preserve their positions by not making any solid decisions to move forward. It's a problem throughout the industry, sadly. Even the release of DVD packages is a risk in their view... so better to delay such things for as long as possible.
Of course, I still get a lot of fan contact re FC, so I'm well aware that there is an audience both here and abroad for the show... but at the end of the day, it's all about money!
Wishing you all the very best for 2017 and beyond. Let us know if you're ever headed to L.A. / SoCal environs.