Attention Millenial Job Seekers! This one might even be Recession-Proof!
The 1980s were the “Greed is Good” decade, when big money and the rich people that spent it fabulously were the national obsession. In 1981, when television network ABC gave tv writer/ producers Esther and Richard Shapiro the green light to create a primetime soap opera, the duo wanted to bravely go where soaps had never gone before. What the duo created was DYNASTY, a glitzy (and often campy) hit that would go on to top the ratings for much of its 1981-1989 run. The saga of the Carrington and Colby families, two wealthy, Denver-based oil magnates came to epitomize this over-the-top era. During those nine seasons, not only was the usual betrayal, murder and scheming that soaps are known for front and center. What really set DYNASTY apart from the pack were storylines dealing with themes that included homosexuality, incest and interracial siblings. Not to forget that this was still a soap opera about rich people, all the drama was served up in diamonds, gigantic shoulder pads and lots and lots of sequins! Dynasty demonstrated that no matter how much mud slinging went on in the lives of the rich and unscrupulous, the rich always do it while wearing impeccable fashion. The clothes were so opulent that the show’s costume designer, Nolan Miller, became a household name in his own right. Veteran actor John Forsythe played oilman Blake Carrington and blonde beauty Linda Evans his beloved (and perpetually beleaguered) second wife, Krystle.
Though DYNASTY started off as somewhat of an inferior clone to DALLAS (the CBS network’s hit predecessor) what gave this show a major jolt of adrenaline was the second season arrival of Joan Collins, as Blake’s scheming ex-wife Alexis. It is fair to say that Collins, a sultry British brunette once dubbed “the poor man’s Elizabeth Taylor,” at the ripe age of 48, became the prototype of what we now call a “MILF”. Never before had an “older” woman been portrayed as both voraciously sexual AND cunning. Alexis would go on to seduce countless men, marry (a considerably younger) one, engage in countless legendary cat-fights with Krystle and give Blake a serious run for his money in the boardroom by assuming control of rival oil company ColbyCo. Basically, Collins stole the whole damn show!
The show’s creators originally planned to push the envelope with the character of Steven Carrington, Blake’s hunky gay son, portrayed first by actor Al Corley and then by Jack Coleman. Corley allegedly departed the series after the second season because he felt he had been promised his character’s homosexuality would be more pivotal to storylines and that the writers ultimately failed to deliver.
The CW Network bravely/foolishly decided to give this show a reboot in 2017 with a new cast of actors taking over the same characters depicted in the original. Try as they might, they won’t be able to perfectly capture the zeitgeist of the times quite like the iconic original.
You think our current Presidential administration is a morally bankrupt, hot mess of special interests? Well, it ain’t got nothing on the one in FAVORITE SON, a 1988 political thriller mini-series that eerily foreshadowed our present day events. Hunky Harry Hamlin is a conniving, rising young Senator with his eye on becoming Vice President.
Orchestrating his climb to the White House is his ruthless, gorgeous advisor, played by blonde bombshell Linda Kozlowski. This woman is as comfortable using her body and beauty to get what she wants as she is using an automatic assault rifle. If you like machiavellian, scheming hotties (think Robin Wright in ‘House Of Cards’) she’s your gal!
After Hamlin narrowly survives an assassination attempt in which a Nicaraguan diplomat is killed, FBI agents played by Robert Loggia and Lance Guest head up an investigation where a trail of conspiracies lead right up to the Oval Office of the President himself. This flick is filled with the familiar faces of veteran character actors like John Mahoney, Ronny Cox and Robert Loggia, all of whom are top notch here. Loggia, whose performance as the cynical, world-weary (but surprisingly idealistic) FBI agent determined to reveal the truth was so highly praised that he got a short lived spinoff series (Mancuso, FBI) based on his character. Worth watching for him alone. There’s plentiful sex scenes with the stunning Kozlowski, who shows a whole lot of skin, but also some impressive chops as an actress (a whole lot more than she ever did in the Crocodile Dundee films). Based on the acclaimed book by Stephen Sohmers, this tele-flick caused a minor uproar at the time (it was on network tv folks!) for showing then-taboo subjects: three-way sex, female masturbation, and S&M. Filled with double-crosses and some (still) shocking sex-capades. Check it out given how ‘ripped from today’s headlines’ it was even 30 years ago.
Name: Nick Adams.
Backstory: NYC-based Adams is a classically trained singer, dancer and actor known primarily for his theater work on Broadway.
Where You Have Seen Him: Originating the starring role of Adam/Felicia on Broadway in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; as Fiyero in the National touring production of Wicked; as Jimmy Fowlie’s love interest in the LGBT-themed comedy web series Go-Go Boy Interrupted (which recently won Queerty’s “Best Web Series” Award).
His Big Break: Back in 2008, he co-starred with Mario Lopez as Larry in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. When Lopez joined the cast, he was reportedly so intimidated by the younger, more muscular Adams’ physique that he requested Adams’ costume be changed to a bulky sweater. New York tabloids loved the alleged “feud” between the two hunks. “Although I wasn’t a principle in that show, it made the theater community take note like, ‘Who is this guy?’”, he says.
But Don’t Get Carried Away: Adams insists the rift between him and Lopez was all hype. “They made it seem like we were at each other’s throats backstage” he laughs. “I was hanging out with him after the show. We had a friendship develop” he insists. Adams actually introduced his good friend Courtney Mazza to Lopez and the two would eventually go on to become husband and wife. Lopez and Adams remain friends to this day.
Sure, he makes it look easy…BUT: “I’ve been really fortunate. I don’t take that for granted. I started out really focused on a dance career and I had to really fight to make the transition from ensemble work to playing roles” he says thoughtfully. “It’s a tough business, there’s not a day where you don’t have to hustle and it doesn’t ever really get easier. But what I get out of it completely justifies the means.”
On Originating A Starring Role On Broadway In Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: “That’s the dream… I think that’s the ideal for any actor. You don’t have to fill anybody else’s shoes, you create it from the ground up. That show was so over the top and ridiculous….the things I got to do…. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to top that,” he says.
Hands Off: Sorry guys, he’s taken. Adams has been in a relationship for several years with fellow actor Kyle Brown.
Why We Love Him: In addition to his talent, Adams has tirelessly given his time to several LGBT and AIDS related charities, hosting NYC’s AIDS Walk kickoff, singing with the NYC and Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, and performing in the annual fundraisers Broadway Bares and Broadway Backwards.
You can follow Adams on his Twitter @TheNickAdams or Instagram @thenickadams