Falcon Crest


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Falcon Crest is an American prime time television soap opera that aired for nine seasons on CBS from December 4, 1981 to May 17, 1990. A total of 227 episodes were produced. The series revolved around the feuding factions of the wealthy Gioberti/Channing family in the Californian wine industry. Jane Wyman starred as Angela Channing, the tyrannical matriarch of the Falcon Crest Winery, alongside Robert Foxworth as Chase Gioberti, Angela's nephew who returns to Falcon Crest after the death of his father. The series was set in the fictitious Tuscany Valley (modeled after the Napa Valley) northeast of San Francisco.

The show was created by Earl Hamner, Jr., who had previously created The Waltons, which had just finished its final season in 1981. Hamner wanted to create a family drama involving the wine industry entitled The Vintage Years. An unaired pilot episode was produced, but CBS requested that Hamner make the show more along the lines of Dallas, which was the network's biggest hit at that time.The script was rewritten and several cast members changed for what became Falcon Crest. The series first aired in December 1981, when CBS scheduled Falcon Crest at 10 pm on Friday nights, right after Dallas. The Dallas-Falcon Crest one-two punch proved lucrative for the network and Falcon Crest was a top-20 show in the Nielsen Ratings for several years. Both shows (like The Waltons) were produced for CBS by the same company, Lorimar Productions.

Highlights
Earl Hamner on the idea that sparked the creation of Falcon Crest
01:25
Bill Conti on composing the theme for Earl Hamner, Jr.'s Falcon Crest 
06:59
Ann Marcus on being supervising producer for Falcon Crest
04:42
Earl Hamner on a favorite scripted moment from Falcon Crest
00:42
Leslie Hoffman on doing stunts for Falcon Crest
01:27
Who talked about this show

Reza Badiyi

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Reza Badiyi on directing Falcon Crest
01:01

Bill Conti

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Bill Conti on composing the theme for Earl Hamner, Jr.'s Falcon Crest 
06:59

Earl Hamner, Jr.

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Earl Hamner on the idea that sparked the creation of Falcon Crest
01:25
Earl Hamner on a favorite scripted moment from Falcon Crest
00:42
Earl Hamner on the casting of Falcon Crest leads Jane Wyman, Robert FoxWorth, Susan Sullivan and other cast members
01:54
Earl Hamner on a lawsuit that was filed against Falcon Crest regarding a similarity in concept to another project
03:10
Earl Hamner on a comparison of elements in Falcon Crest to his previous series The Waltons
00:30
Earl Hamner on being amazed by the cast he had on Falcon Crest
00:40
Earl Hamner on why he left Falcon Crest mid-run
01:14

Leslie Hoffman

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Leslie Hoffman on doing stunts for Falcon Crest
01:27

James Hong

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James Hong on how Lana Turner arrived on the set for Falcon Crest
00:22

Ann Marcus

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Ann Marcus on being supervising producer for Falcon Crest
04:42

Mark Snow

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Mark Snow on composing for Falcon Crest
05:43

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