Wishful Storytelling: Why Now is The Perfect Time For Warner Horizon to Do Knots Landing 2.0
Star-crossed lovers Gary and Valene Ewing (Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark) shared a reunion on Monday night's episode of TNT's Dallas that was more bitter than sweet. The way brilliant Dallas 2.0 writer Cynthia Cidre has it scripted, Gary and Val—who were blissfully reunited at the end of Knots Landing and still together in 1997 reunion movie Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac—have now split, due to Gary falling off the wagon and bankrupting the couple!
While the Knots fan boy in me was a bit brokenhearted to learn Gary and Val hadn't lived a life of happy barbecues with neighbors Karen and Mac Mackenzie (Michele Lee and Kevin Dobson) on Southern California's fictional Seaview Circle, the Wishful Storyteller in me realized Gary and Val's golden years crisis could serve as the perfect launching pad for a new generation of marital melodramas via a Knots Landing continuation!
I wonder how the SoCal Ewings' kids, Bobby Jr. and Betsy, are dealing with their parents split? Is Bobby a drunken cad like his daddy before him? If so, I bet he's causing nothing but heartache for his on-again, off-again girlfriend Meg MacKenzie, adopted daughter of Mac and Karen!
Couldn't you just see The Young and the Restless star Billy Miller trying to sweet talk his way back into Meg's (The O.C's Autumn Reeser) good graces, following a night of drunken debauchery? Meg, a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, is buried in student loans, which Mac insists she pay off on her own.
Ever-principled Mac wants Meg to learn self-reliance and the value of a dollar — especially since he just paid off her high five-figure credit card debt! When Bobby, who has yet to figure out what he wants to do when he "grows up", impregnates Meg, things quickly become complicated for the Ewings and MacKenzies.
Gary and Val certainly aren't in a position to take on the financial and emotional responsibilities of helping to raise a new grandchild. Tough love proponent Mac wants the kids to fix their own mess. Of course, Pollyanna Karen sneaks Meg a loan or two behind Mac's back.
Bobby offers to marry Meg, promising to grow up and be the man she and their unborn child deserve. Mac hits the roof. He tells Meg adding a second mistake on top of the first one isn't a good idea!
When pressed by Gary, Mac reveals he doesn't believe ne'er-do-well Bobby is good enough for his little girl! Karen reluctantly sides with her husband, admitting this isn't the life they dreamed of for Meg. The MacKenzies true feelings about Bobby being with their daughter threaten to ruin Karen and Val's almost four-decades old friendship.