Season's Greetings to the DFCF
 
 
 
 
[The parts in brackets were edited for publication purposes.]
 
 
 
 
KATHRYN BRYAN HAMPTON,
Napa Valley assistant (seasons 1 through 7):

 

Dec 13, 2015
 
Hi Thomas!!!
 
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and Dörthe, Sascha and Ingo too! We are gearing up and dodging raindrops as it is really a wet winter for us... long overdue and very welcomed. Time for me to get some presents wrapped and finish decorating the tree before the house fills up! [...]
 
Have a lovely Celebration and I send my love and a truck load of hugs to you both!
 
xoxo
Kathy

 
 
 
GARNER SIMMONS,
writer and story editor (seasons 1 through 3):

 

Dec 13, 2015
 
Dear Thomas,
 
Good to hear from you. [...] Here’s to a brighter future.
 
Things here have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride [...]. Having written a book on the late filmmaker Sam Peckinpah ("Peckinpah: A Portrait in Montage" 1982/1998 still in print) I was invited to take part in the Locarno Film Festival's Peckinpah Retrospective - a wonderful time providing an opportunity to see and discuss both his television and feature career. Since the Retrospective will be reprised in April at NYC's Lincoln Center, I've been invited to speak there as well.
 
Because much of Peckinpah's work dealt with the Western and Bob McCullough wrote and produced 80+ hours of the new Zorro (shot in Spain), we were invited to speak at the M-7 (named for The Magnificent Seven) Conference. Had a great time and since Bob and Suzanne have a new book based on their blog Where Hollywood Hides their book sales were equally brisk.
 
At the same time, a screenplay of mine titled "A Cool State of Blood" was selected by the Writers Guild of America as a winner of the Feature Writer Access competition. No telling where this might lead, but it is currently posted on The Black List.
 
Continuing to write and press ahead on all fronts. However, Warner Bros. continues to show no interest in rebooting "Falcon Crest". A shame. But that's the reality. If anything changes, Bob and I will obviously let you know.
 
Have a wonderful holiday and all the very best in 2016.
 
Warmest regards,
 
Garner

 
 
 
BOB CRUTCHFIELD,
senior vice president TV publicity at LORIMAR:

 

Dec 13, 2015
 
Dear Thomas:
 
Thank you for your Christmas wises, I truly am happy to hear from you. I wish the same for you and yours.
 
These past few months have been difficult for me in that I have lost 4 longtime, close friends. Some from high school days, others from college days and one much too young whose firm I contracted to handle several television shows for me at Lorimar and Universal TV. He was only 61. We had become good friends, beyond just business associates. It has made me realize how temporary this all is. I often see films I have worked on and all the entire cast is now dead. That is so sad and most depressing. [...] All the aforementioned things are a reminder that I will soon be 79 and my body and mind are not as good as they used to be. Sorry to be a bit down, but when your peers begin to leave this realm you miss them and realize that your time will also come one day. That is why one should do enjoyable things - like a cruise!
 
We are beginning to have what we laughingly call "winter" here in the desert. Nights in the low 50's! Ha! Days are still mid 70's - low 80's, so we still have lots of Canadian and East Coast "snowbirds" clogging our streets to avoid their weather elsewhere.
 
I re-read our interview just the other day (found while searching a stack of files). I continue to think it was quite good!!
 
Best wishes,
 
Bob Crutchfield

 
 
 
ROBERT L. McCULLOUGH,
writer, executive story consultant, director and supervising producer (seasons 1 through 3):

 

Dec 13, 2015
 
Hey, Thomas...
 
So glad to hear from you.
[...] I think we’re all glad to see 2015 behind us at this point and looking forward to smoother sailing in 2016. [...]
 
Like Garner, we have high hopes for "Falcon Crest" returning, but I'’m a bit of a realist: if there isn'’t a guaranteed financial incentive (and there are never any guarantees in showbiz), the new generation of execs at Warners is highly unlikely to even give it a thought. So... we keep on keepin’ on, and we'’re working on another “Where Hollywood Hides” book as well as several other projects that include a number of people coming to us for overhauls of their website content and tons of blog / article writing. I’'m busier now than I ever was producing TV shows!
 
All the best to you for a peaceful and joyous 2016!
 
Bob

 
 
 
HOWARD LAKIN,
writer, story editor and supervising producer (seasons 6 and 7):

 

Dec 15, 2015
 
Thanks for your good wishes, Thomas. All is well here. Please give my best to all your "Falcon Crest" colleagues. And happy new year!
 
Kind regards,  
Howard

 
 
 
HENRY STERN & STEPHEN BLACK,
writers, executive script consultants and co-producers (seasons 2, 3 and 8):

 

Dec 22, 2015
 
Dear Thomas,
 
Happy Holidays to you and Dörthe too. I'm sorry it has taken so long to reply but we were away for a while and then the holidays just caught up with us.
 
[...] Your cruise sounds great and I'm sure was a welcome respite. [...] Perhaps one of yours and Dörthe's trips will bring you back to California. And who knows, we may show up in Germany one of these days. It would be great to see you again.
 
Again, have a great holiday.
 
Best,
 
Henry and Steve