Dynasty was to be Denvers Dallas, but actually most of the action for the nighttime soap opera was shot in California, and not on location.
The producers received some criticism in Denver, in fact, for not showing more of the city and surrounding landscape (they even had the audacity to show snow-capped California mountains and pretend they were in Colorado). Winter shots of downtown Denver from City Park, showing Colorados real mountains, were added to appease the locals.
The producers also said they couldnt find a suitable mansion in Denver for the wealthy Carrington clan, so they chose a mansion in northern California instead. Denverites were naturally insulted be the choice. And a local news paper columnist in Denver even jokingly offered his own home for the show.
A few episodes were eventually shot on location in Denver, including one in 1983 in which former President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger made a Guest appearance.
On the show, the notables attended the real Denver Carousel ball, a major fund-raising event for the Childrens Diabetes Foundation, which was held at Currigan Hall near the convention center. The glittery biannual event was moved to L.A. in 1985. The ball shown on the show was hosted be then Twentieth Century-Fox owner Martin Davis, who, with his wife, still chairs the event.
Dynasty was the second big oil soap after Dallas, and was purposely campy. Or at least it appeared so. How else to explain Alexis (Joan Collins) The show stressed Life-styles of the rich and famous, with jewels and fancy fashions galore. The clothing budget for the show was $10,000 a week, at the time larger than that of any other series.