I've often been accused of being out of step with the mainstream. While millions thrill to AMERICAN IDOL week after week, I long for the days of THE GONG SHOW. While others drool over DANCING WITH THE STARS, I reminisce about DANCE FEVER and while the masses were tuning in to watch the final season of LOST, I found myself watching season one of PEYTON PLACE.
That's right, PEYTON PLACE, the grandaddy of prime-time soaps, which ran on ABC from 1964 through 1969.
PEYTON PLACE started life as a scandalous best-selling 1956 novel by Grace Metalious. Set in a fictitious New England town that appeared all prim and proper on the surface, but was full of dark and dirty secrets!
The book was adapted into a hit film in 1957 starring Lana Turner as Constance MacKenzie.
A semi-star (as opposed to all-star) supporting cast included Hope Lange, Russ Tamblyn and Lorne Greene.
In 1959 Metalious was back on the best seller list with a sequel, RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE.
The second book was then made into a film in 1961, with entirely different (and less expensive) actors assuming the roles.
Eleanor Parker, Carol Lynley and Tuesday Weld were among the new faces.
PEYTON PLACE came to television in September 1964. For more on PEYTON PLACE... (as they say in the world of soaps) tune in tomorrow...