LOS ANGELES—CBS will air a "Dynasty" reunion special this May, which may not seem all that odd at first. Reunions are a sweeps staple, and "Dynasty" was one of the most popular shows of the 1980s.
What's weird, though, is the fact that CBS never actually aired the series. It ran on ABC, and was in fact that network's answer to CBS' own hugely popular prime-time soap, "Dallas."
Nonetheless, CBS is where the special, called "Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar," has landed. It's scheduled to air Tuesday, May 2 and will feature cast members Linda Evans, Joan Collins, John Forsythe, Al Corley and Catherine Oxenberg, among others, along with show creators Esther and Richard Shapiro.
The reunion takes place at the Northern California mansion that was used in the show's opening credits as the home of billionaire Blake Carrington (Forsythe). Cast and crew will reminisce about the often turbulent making of the series, which spent three seasons in the top five of the Nielsen ratings.
ABC has milked the "Dynasty" legacy in the past, airing a reunion movie two years after the series concluded and a fictionalized account of the show's backstage squabbling, called "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure," last year. The latter film didn't fare too well, drawing only about 5.5 million viewers in January 2005.
The CBS special is executive produced by Michael Levitt and Henry Winkler, who have also produced "Dallas" and "Knots Landing" reunions for the network.