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Apr 19 2012, 07:20 PM
Woah! Thanks for going into detail about it. I was curious as to whether or not the show was able to maintain its quality throughout all of its fourteen seasons, especially since the seasons I've been watching have been really great. How can you not lost some of the quality though staying on the air for fourteen years?
And, honestly, except for Season 13 and parts of Season 12, Knots Landing never really gets too terribly bad (especially when compared to its contemporaries).

Ironically, I've actually seen some snippets from Joan Van Ark where she talks about her distaste for both Latham and Lechowick as writers. Something about them turning Val into a "village idiot".

Yes, LoL. At least two of their storylines for Val are just plain moronic. And you'll know which ones I'm talking about when you see them.

From what I've also heard, the show really takes huge hits when Constance McCashin (season 9) and Donna Mills (season 10) leave. If I had to narrow it down, I'd say that Laura is my favorite character of the bunch...so that's going to suck to see. Does Nicollette Sheridan's character end up moving into her house?

Yeah, McCashin, Mills and Harris are all great losses for the show. A new family, the Williamses, moves into Laura's old house. They have great potential, but unfortunately, the Lechowicks never truly tap into it, so they're basically superfluous.

Oh...and does the show lose its cul-de-sac feel? That was one of my main issues with season five. I enjoyed the overall Wolfbridge arc, but it was weird not seeing outdoor shooting of the familiar neighborhood and having characters that would normally interact not even utter words to each other. The show got that back in season six, but I'm hoping they don't stray too far from it again.

It does, unfortunately, lose that tightly knit feel of the earlier seasons. As the show branches out into the greater Los Angeles area, we lose a lot of that nice suburban quality that the show has in its first several seasons.

Where are you, right now, in the series, anyway?
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