Falcon Crest (1981–1990)

The Vintage Years 

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Episode
The Unaired pilot is titled, "The Vintage Years". Although it is similar in many ways to what becomes "Falcon Crest", there are significant differences. First, the winery and property are ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Alexander Singer

Writer:

Earl Hamner Jr. (as Earl Hamner)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Angela Channing
Clu Gulager ... Chase Gioberti
Lorenzo Lamas ... Lance Cumson
William R. Moses ... Cole Gioberti (as Billy R. Moses)
Jamie Rose ... Vickie Gioberti
Michael Swan ... Richard Channing
Abby Dalton ... Dorcas Cumson
Samantha Eggar ... Maggie Gioberti
Nick Ramus ... Gus Nunouz
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... Alicia Nunouz
David Labiosa ... Mario Nunouz
Timothy Scott ... Sheriff Turk Tobias
Robert Trujillo Robert Trujillo ... Lupe Nunouz
Chao Li Chi ... Lee Fong (as Chao-Li Chi)
Emilio Delgado ... Fernando Diaz
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Storyline

The Unaired pilot is titled, "The Vintage Years". Although it is similar in many ways to what becomes "Falcon Crest", there are significant differences. First, the winery and property are never called "Falcon Crest" and that name is not spoken or seen in the pilot. There are several character differences. Chase Gioberti is played by Clu Gulager and Maggie is played by Samantha Eggar. The characters are not as defined as in the series.....more black and white here. Example.....Angela Channing is EVIL.....Chase Gioberti is GOOD......not a lot of complexity. Other character differences include Richard Channing (Michael Swan) as an established son of Angela and a mercenary type. Additionally, Julia Cumson is named Dorcas and the character of Emma Channing is reduced to screams heard from the attic and a brief glimpse on a staircase! The plot follows Chase and his family trying to establish themselves in the valley following the death of his father Jason. Angela wants the land and winery ...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Clu Gulager and Samantha Eggar played the characters of Chase and Maggie in this pilot. In the re-shot pilot both actors were replaced. See more »

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Remade as Falcon Crest: The Harvest (1981) See more »

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