By its eighth season, the ratings for Dynasty were on the decline. The show went from being seventh to 24th and was still a very expensive show to produce. The primetime soap was renewed for a ninth season by ABC but the budget was cut. Linda Evans departed in the early part of the season and Joan Collins was contracted to appear in just 13 of the 22 installments.
It became clear that the show was winding down but, in some ways, the storylines started focusing on the characters again instead of the opulence of earlier seasons. One highlight was the addition of Stephanie Beacham. Her Sable character from the two-season Colbys spin-off became a strong nemesis for Alexis (Collins) and filled a void when Collins wasn’t on screen. Some of the best scenes of the season involved the two divas squaring off with one another.
Well, the divas have been reunited — for a Snickers commercial of all things. Collins plays the alter-ego of an egotistical English football player who’s upset that someone has taken his deodorant. Mr. T was originally supposed to be the other character in the spot — a player who’d mad that he’s been pulled from the game –but Collins suggested her old Dynasty sparring partner, Beacham.
Collins told the Daily Mail, “When they said, ‘we need a similar lady to come on and be another diva,” I said, ‘well, there’s only one choice – Stephanie’. I mean, we had so much fun on Dynasty.”
Here’s the commercial, as well as some behind-the-scenes footage:
What do you think? Would you like to see the two actresses in a new TV project? How about on a current TV show?