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Angel Falls (Series History)
Topic Started: Aug 16 2007, 10:40 AM (1,692 Views)
Steve Frame
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Posted Image Angel Falls (CBS primetime)

Network: CBS
Run Time: 60 minutes
Time Slot: Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. (Eastern)
First Aired: August 26, 1993
Last Aired: September 30, 1993
Setting: Angel Falls, Montana
Timeslot Competitors: Primetime Live on ABC; LA Law on NBC


Peggy Lipton (Hadley Larson)
Steven Gilborn (Ed Woolly)
Shirley Knight (Edie Wren Cox)
Cassidy Rae (Molly Harrison)
Elaine Bilstad (Shawnee)
Kim Cattrall (Genna Harrison)
Devon Odessa (Dana)
Jean Simmons (Irene Larson)
Brian Kerwin (Eli Harrison)
James Brolin (Luke Larson)
Robert Rusler (Toby Riopelle)
Ashlee Lauren (Sophie Harrison)
Jeremy London (Sonny Snow)
Chelsea Field (Rae Dawn Snow)
Brian Heidik (Marlon)
Apesanahkwat (Joseph)
Grace Zabriskie (Cuema)
William Frankfather (Sheriff Bailey)
Shannon Wilcox (Rowena Dare)
Marley Shelton (Brandi Dare)
Jimmy Baker (Robbie Larson)

Basic Story Summary:

Set in the small town of Angel Falls, this steamy primetime CBS soap followed the lives of three familys: the Snows, the Larsons and the Harrisons. Despite it's allstar cast, the series was unwisely canceled after only six, 1-hour episodes in the fall of 1993. If given a chance, it could have been the next "DALLAS"!

In the series opener, Rae Dawn Snow (Chelsea Field)returned to Angel Falls with her teenage son Sonny (Jeremy London), for her father Suds Snow's funeral. Suds left Rae Dawn the family poolhall in his will, so she decided to remain in town with Sonny and run it.

Shortly after returning to town, Rae Dawn resumed her steamy affair with her first love, rancher Eli Harrison (Brian Kerwin). Eli was now married to alcholic Genna (Kim Cattrall). They had two daughters, young Sophie (Ashlee Lauren) and teenage Molly (Cassidy Rae). When gossip spread through town that Eli and Rae Dawn were spotted skinnydipping at the lake together, Genna turned to the new ranch hand her husband had hired, Toby Riopelle (Robert Rusler), for comfort. Toby, a drifter who had just arrived in Angel Falls, was on the run from the law and a secret past.

Highschool football coach Luke Larson (James Brolin) and his wife Hadley's (Peggy Lipton)marriage was falling apart following the death of their infant son, Robbie (Jimmy Baker) two years earlier. Luke became increasingly concerned about his wife's mental state of mind following their son's death, and his gossipy and opinionated mother Irene (Jean Simmons)offered him little support. Instead, a hard as nails Irene said that Hadley needed to put Robbie's death behind her, pointing out that she too lost a baby, and got over it.

Rae Dawn's son Sonny had a hard time fitting in at his new high school when he was teased by his football teammates about his mother being the town tramp. After getting kicked off the team for fighting to defend his mother's honor, Sonny came home early and caught her in bed with a very married Eli. Soon a romance began to bloom between Sonny and Eli's daughter Molly. The relationship made both Rae Dawn and Eli very nervous...

Episode Synopsis:

Pilot (Aug. 26, 1993): Rae Dawn Snow returns to her hometown of Angel Falls with her teenage son Sonny for her father Suds Snow's funeral. Rae takes over her father's poolhall, and quickly resumes her steamy affair with her first love, married rancher Eli Harrison. Feeling neglected by her husband, Eli's alcoholic wife Genna turns to the ranch's new hired hand, sexy drifter Toby Riopelle for a little comfort in the stables. Toby is on the run from the law. Highschool basketball coach Luke Larson struggles to hold his marriage to his wife Hadley together, following the death of their son Robbie. Sonny has a hard time fitting in at school, due largely to his mother Rae's past. Later, Sonny catches his mother Rae Dawn and Eli in bed together. Sonny blows off some steam, by taking a ride on his motorcycle with a beautiful cheerleader named Molly, completely unware that she is Eli's daughter. (written by Joyce Eliason)

Only the Lonely (Sept. 2, 1993): Someone else learns about Rae Dawn and Eli's affair. Luke and Hadley's lives begin to return to normal, but their happiness is short-lived. Molly is hurt when Sonny apparently dumps her for Brandi Dare. Genna and Toby cross the point of no return.

Traps (Sept. 9, 1993): Hadley tries to hide the fact from Luke that she's still haunted by memories of Robbie. Edie Wren and Irene gossip about Eli and Rae Dawn's affair. The police are called to the Harrison ranch, when Eli punches someone from the bank. Toby slaps a drunk Genna who shows up in the stables after her husband rejects her sexual advances. Brandi tells Molly that she and Sonny made love on her parents waterbed. Rae Dawn realizes that Hadley needs professional help.

The Beginning of the End (Sept. 16, 1993): Luke stops denying that Hadley is getting better, and tells her that he's taking her to a doctor in Missoula. Genna tells Eli that she wants to use her inheritance to save the Harrison ranch. Sonny wants to end things with Brandi, and resume things with Molly, who fears her parents are going to get a divorce. Sheriff Bailey questions Toby about his identity, his past and Shawnee.

Lost Souls (Sept. 23, 1993): Rae Dawn learns that Genna and Eli are closer than ever after "reconnecting". Molly and Sonny declare their love for each other. When Sonny dumps Brandi, she cooks up a rape scam to break the couple up. Luke fears the worst when Hadley disappears. Toby's past finally catches up to him.

The Fall From Grace (Sept 30, 1993): Hadley befriends a troubled pregnant teen, and calls Luke. Brandi charges Sonny with rape. Toby sneaks into the hospital to see Shawnee, and the police open fire on him when they catch him and he tries to flee. Rae Dawn reveals a shocking secret to Eli about Sonny.

Entertainment Weekly Review:

I'm dismayed that Angel falls (CBS, Thursdays, 10-11 p.m.) hasn't lured more viewers away from the poker-faced pseudo-news of Prime-Time Live. Falls is a frothy soap opera about Rae Dawn Snow (Chelsea Field) and her complicated life in her tiny hometown in Montana. Rae Dawn runs a local hangout where the pool players stare at the rear of her too-tight jeans when she brings a pitcher of beer to a table. This gets her teenage son all riled up; he's played by Jeremy London, who, as he did on I'll Fly Away, exists primarily to have his innocence betrayed while looking handsome. His Sonny doesn't seem to know whether he's mad at his mother, for leading men on; at the men, for leering at his mother; or at himself, for noticing that his mother has a nice rear end. As if this weren't tempestuous enough, Rae Dawn is having an affair with a married rancher (the blank-faced but blissful Brian Kerwin), whose wife (Wild Palms' Kim Cattrall) is putting the moves on a new hired hand who may have murdered someone. I barely have room to mention the town's stalwart basketball coach (TV vet James Brolin, looking good) and his wife, who faints with emotion at ladies' club poetry readings (played by Peggy Lipton, looking even better). Angel Falls is one of the few prime-time soaps overseen by women: Joyce Eliason, the creator and an executive producer, writes the episodes, most of which are directed by Joyce Chopra (Small Talk). Perhaps as a result, the male characters here are as sexy as the women, and there's an emotional lyricism to Falls that renders its trashiness irresistible. So stop resisting. B+, Posted Sep 24, 1993

Sources: TV.com; Entertainment Weekly; TV Guide; BFI Film & TV Database; AllYourTV.com
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