Bruce Campbell shared a clip from his first TV gig on Knots Landing yesterday on Twitter. From chasing Deadites to doing business with socialites, check out his scene with Michele Lee.
Bruce Campbell was fresh off working with his old pal, Sam Raimi on Evil Dead II in 1987 when he made his first television appearance. Believe it or not, he went from fighting Deadites to doing business with socialites on the popular night time soap, Knots Landing.
The 80’s were chockfull of these overblown dramas featuring wealthy families, illicit affairs, power suits and shoulder pads galore. Dallas and Dynasty ruled broadcast television and Aaron Spelling was king.
One of the highest rated episodes in history belonged to Dallas when J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) was shot. For weeks, all anyone heard was the phrase, “Who shot J.R.?”
Of course, those two behemoth shows had successful spin-offs. Dallas laid claim to Knots Landing which ran from 1979 until 1993. While Dynasty gave birth to Falcon Crest.
If you paid attention to the Nielsen’s in those days, routinely all four series were in the Top 10. American viewers couldn’t get enough of the melodrama.
So, it really is no surprise that Bruce Campbell would end up appearing on Knots Landing. The character that the actor played was named Joel Benson.
According to the Knots Landing Season 9 episode guide, Joel was meeting with Karen Fairgate MacKenzie (Michele Lee) at Lotus Point to secure various items for a business convention. For Campbell fans that are just familiar with him running around in blood doused duds, he looks rather dapper as a young executive.
On a side note, another horror veteran also appeared on Knots Landing. Jewel Shepard, who played Casey in The Return of the Living Dead was in an episode entitled, “Unbroken Bonds” in 1986. Now, check out this blast from the past.
My first TV gig. Knots Landing 1987. Yeah. This was your father’s TV. SO realistic! pic.twitter.com/E1JIA5b7kD
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) August 6, 2020
You can watch Seasons 1 and 2 of Knots Landing on DVD Netflix.
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