Fantasy Island (1998 TV series)

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Fantasy Island is an American fantasy drama television series that aired on ABC during the 1998–99 television season.wikipedia
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It was a revival of the original Fantasy Island television series, though starring Malcolm McDowell as Mr. Roarke rather than Ricardo Montalbán.
A revival of the series aired on the same network 14 years later during the 1998–1999 season.

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Fantasy Island is an American fantasy drama television series that aired on ABC during the 1998–99 television season.
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Malcolm McDowell

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It was a revival of the original Fantasy Island television series, though starring Malcolm McDowell as Mr. Roarke rather than Ricardo Montalbán.

Sylvia Sidney

Episodes of the revived series regularly opened and ended with a sequence set in a travel agency that actually books the fantasies, operated by two elderly travel agents played by Fyvush Finkel and Sylvia Sidney (in her final acting role).
On television, she appeared in the pilot episode of WKRP in Cincinnati as the imperious owner of the radio station, on Thirtysomething as Melissa's tough grandmother, and at the beginning of each episode as the crotchety travel clerk on the short-lived late 1990s revival of Fantasy Island.

Mädchen Amick

Ariel (Mädchen Amick) — Roarke's second-in-command. While she is incredibly old, physically she appears to be quite young and attractive and has the ability to shape-shift into various women to help guests' fantasies along. She is quite fond of Roarke and appears to have been romantically involved with him sometime in the past. She claims to have been with as many men as there are grains in a fistful of sand. In Episode 9, it is hinted at that she may be a djinni: she expresses displeasure when a guest calls for a particular fantasy (she says, "You know how I feel about bottles" when presented with one that resembles the one from I Dream of Jeannie, and the scene closes with a clip played of that tv show's theme song).
In 1998, Amick starred in the updated edition of Fantasy Island.

Fyvush Finkel

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Episodes of the revived series regularly opened and ended with a sequence set in a travel agency that actually books the fantasies, operated by two elderly travel agents played by Fyvush Finkel and Sylvia Sidney (in her final acting role).
Following the end of Picket Fences, Finkel had a regular role on the short-lived revival of Fantasy Island (ABC, 1998) and then reteamed with writer-producer Kelley to play history teacher Harvey Lipschultz in Boston Public (Fox; 2000–04).

Louis Lombardi

Cal (Louis Lombardi) — While primarily introduced as the island's bellhop, he was also shown to have various other duties such as bartender, waiter, cook, and even helicopter pilot. In his former life, he was a small-time criminal but earned a chance to start life anew at the age of 10 near the end of the season.
He was a cast member of a 1990s revival of Fantasy Island and played Edgar Stiles on 24.

Pneumatic tube

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Roarke gave them their assignments by stuffing contracts into a pneumatic tube that somehow connected the island with the travel agency and the outside world.
At the start of each episode of the 1998 television series Fantasy Island, a darker version of the original, bookings for would-be visitors to the Island were sent to Mr. Roarke via a pneumatic tube from a dusty old travel agency.

Diane Frolov

They went on to executive produce a short-lived remake of Fantasy Island.

Barry Josephson

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During this period they produced numerous film and television shows, including Wild Wild West (1999), Fantasy Island (1998) TV series, Big Trouble (2002), The Crew (2000) and Secret Agent Man (2000).

Edward Hibbert

Harry (Edward Hibbert) — The island hotel's concierge. He was apparently the concierge of a burning hotel from which Roarke rescued him.

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Fantasy Island is an American fantasy drama television series that aired on ABC during the 1998–99 television season.

Ricardo Montalbán

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It was a revival of the original Fantasy Island television series, though starring Malcolm McDowell as Mr. Roarke rather than Ricardo Montalbán.

Barry Sonnenfeld

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Director Barry Sonnenfeld, known for his work on The Addams Family movies, was a chief creative force on the new series.

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Director Barry Sonnenfeld, known for his work on The Addams Family movies, was a chief creative force on the new series.

Hawaii

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Another difference was that the new series was filmed in Hawaii instead of California.

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Another difference was that the new series was filmed in Hawaii instead of California.

Shapeshifting

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There was no attempt to reinstate Tattoo, with Roarke instead having a team of assistants – one of whom was a beautiful female shape shifter named Ariel – who were assigned to help create and maintain the various fantasy worlds created on the island.

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Apparently these assistants were imprisoned on the island in order to pay off some debt (or earn a second chance at life), sometimes hinting that they were in some kind of Limbo, with many parallels between the regulars and William Shakespeare's The Tempest.

William Shakespeare

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Apparently these assistants were imprisoned on the island in order to pay off some debt (or earn a second chance at life), sometimes hinting that they were in some kind of Limbo, with many parallels between the regulars and William Shakespeare's The Tempest.

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Apparently these assistants were imprisoned on the island in order to pay off some debt (or earn a second chance at life), sometimes hinting that they were in some kind of Limbo, with many parallels between the regulars and William Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Syfy

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The series was canceled midway through the season and the remaining episodes aired on the Sci Fi Channel.

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This version also aired on UPN.

Travel agency

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Episodes of the revived series regularly opened and ended with a sequence set in a travel agency that actually books the fantasies, operated by two elderly travel agents played by Fyvush Finkel and Sylvia Sidney (in her final acting role).