It dissolves to cast members, and then narration of previous episode events by Warner Anderson, who also played Matthew Swain.
In 1966 the message was changed to "In color, the continuing story of Peyton Place." Warner Anderson left the series after the first season, but continued as narrator to the series until the final episode. Michael Rossi (Ed Nelson) arrives from New York City to set up practice in town.
Peyton Place is an American prime-time soap opera which aired on ABC in half-hour episodes from September 15, 1964, to June 2, 1969.
Based upon the 1956 novel of the same name by Grace Metalious, the series was preceded by a 1957 film adaptation.
A total of 514 episodes were broadcast, in black-and-white from 1964 to 1966 and in color from 1966 to 1969.
At the show's peak, ABC ran three new episodes a week. A number of guest stars appeared in the series for extended periods, among them Dan Duryea, Susan Oliver, Leslie Nielsen, Gena Rowlands, and Lee Grant, who won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama for her role of tough-as-nails Stella Chernak.
The series served as the springboard for such performers as Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, Barbara Parkins, Chris Connelly, David Canary, Mariette Hartley, and Lana Wood. Originally, the Cross family from the novel was included, but when Irna Phillips was contacted to change the pilot, she decided to scrap it.
Various disagreements between the makers ensued, and the official pilot was not aired until September 15, 1964.The early stories were adapted from the 1956 book and 1957 film of the same name, although some principal character names, backstories and occupations were changed or simply eliminated.The time setting was changed from the early 1940s (of the novel and film) to the present day, and the town's location, which had previously been unidentified, was established as being in the state of Massachusetts in the fourth episode.Some sensational plot lines from the novel (like incest) were replaced with less controversial themes (like teen pregnancy).When Dorothy Malone was rushed into emergency surgery, the producers were faced with the dilemma of what to do with her character, Constance, who at that point was too deeply embroiled in the plot line to disappear without reason. Farrow never expected the show to become a success and immediately tried to get out of her contract when the show started its airing.Lola Albright was hired to take over the role and continued in the series until Malone returned. On the urging of her then-husband, Frank Sinatra, the producers decided to write her off the show in the summer of 1966.