In an effort to lure adult audiences to the Disney Channel, producers Jay and Lena Horowitz have created a mash-up of TV classics Dynasty and Little House on the Prairie. How in the world did they come up with such an idea?
“Lena and I were smoking a joint one afternoon,” Jay explained, “and suddenly we thought to ourselves, Wouldn’t it be interesting if Alexis Carrington came to Walnut Grove. We laughed, but after devouring an entire package of Oreos, it seemed like a pretty good idea.”
They’re not alone, because much of the original cast has signed on for this reimagining. Melissa Gilbert will reprise her role as Laura Ingalls Wilder, wife of oil tycoon Almanzo Wilder, and nemesis to his first wife, Nellie Oleson. Laura’s sister, Mary, falls off a horse and goes blind. She wanders into the Kit Kat Club where she thinks she’s helping underprivileged children develop a sense of rhythm but is actually pole dancing.
The Horowitzes promise lost of glamor and gingham at the Wilder Mansion in Denver, Colorado. “We’re going down in history as the people who put Laura Ingalls Wilder in shoulder pads,” says Lena. “Of course, everyone is excited about Laura and Nellie’s catfight in the lily pond, too.”
Meanwhile, back in Walnut Grove over a hundred years earlier, Blake Carrington runs the town’s general store with his scheming wife, Alexis, who takes an instant disliking to the new school marm, Krystle. Pamela Sue Martin will return as daughter Fallon, who constantly steals candy from the mercantile and their gay Siamese twins, Jeff & Jeff, played by actors Al Corley and Jack Coleman. The series finale promises to be a a cliffhanger when Jeff & Jeff are caught in the haystack with the preacher and Krystle’s horse & wagon drive off a bridge into the creek.