One of my favourite things about YouTube right now is the fact that someone’s taken the time to upload Aaron Spelling’s ill-fated 1992 soap “2000 Malibu Road” that ran for only six episodes between August and September on CBS that year.
Obviously a star vehicle for Lisa Hartman-Black, who played Jade, a former hooker who was trying to turn her life around and was forced to share her Malibu beach house with three other women, among those Flashdance’s Jennifer Beals, who played a lawyer with a dead love life (literally) and a post-rehab Drew Barrymore, who was on the comeback trail at the time.
But the true breakout star was Tuesday Knight as Drew Barrymore’s scheming wiccan sister Joy. Armed with her catchphrase “honey bunny” she spent most of the series plotting about how to get her sister ahead in the acting business. She gave an electrifying performance and I was surprised that she never went on to star in other Spelling productions as she makes a perfect villain.
Despite good ratings and CBS being eager to order more episodes, it seems like politics got in the way. Some claim that it was originally filmed for the spring season and was post-poned so much that the sets were torn down and the actors’ contracts expired and it was too expensive to rebuild those sets and the stars demanded too much money now that it was a hit. Some claim it was the licensing costs that got it shut down permanently, while Lisa Hartman believed that Aaron Spelling himself killed it due to CBS scheduling it against new-comer Melrose Place at the time. Irregardless, the sudsy soap never came back and it was re-cut and sold as a three part mini-series in Europe where Lisa Hartman ended up providing closing narration for the characters fate after the cliffhanger in episode 6.
A shame really, as it could’ve gone on and become one of the popular soaps of the 90s – luckily for us it’s all on YouTube.