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LETTERS to the EDITOR
(Frequently Asked Questions)

"Dear Dorothy..."

We get a lot of letters written to us, asking a variety of questions. Some of them are asked quite often. Since many of you probably have the same questions, we wanted to provide the answers for you. Want to write to our editor, Dorothy Jennings? Have a question to ask? Contact Us.

Dear Dorothy,

I absolutely love the show, but when it ended, there were so many questions left unanswered. Are there any plans for another Dr. Quinn movie or a miniseries based on the show? I would love to know if Dr. Mike opened her hospital in Colorado Springs, if Robert E and Grace ever really had their baby, if Jake built that house for Teresa, and what happened to Preston and his Chateau. Will we ever find out the answers to these questions?

Sincerely, "Perplexed and Frustrated"

Dear "Perplexed and Frustrated":

Unfortunately, there will be no more movies or miniseries based on Dr. Quinn. CBS has the rights to the characters and the show so tightly held up, no one can do anything with it. Many cable networks have tried over the past 12 years, all without any luck. There have been petitions and write-in campaigns. Nothing has proven successful beyond the 2 movies that aired in 1999 and 2001. The closest anyone has been able to do is secure syndicated rights in order to air the show on their channel, as GMC TV is now. And that is likely all that will happen.

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I discovered Dr. Quinn in reruns on several different networks. But, now I can't find it anywhere. Is Dr. Quinn airing on TV anywhere now?

Sincerely, "Quality TV Viewer"

Dear "Quality TV Viewer":

Although Hallmark stated they were going to make Dr. Quinn a staple on their channel, they canceled the show late in 2005 and there were no plans to return Dr. Quinn to TV. Then, in the summer of 2010, GMC TV begain airing seasons 1-5. The response was so overwhelming, they immediately set out to acquire season 6 as well. Now, all 6 seasons are airing in their original order from 5-9pm EST on GMC TV. They've aired the 2 movies as well. Be sure to write GMC and thank them for showing Dr. Quinn.

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

What happened to Erika Flores, the young actress who played the original Colleen? All of a sudden, Jessica Bowman appeared. First, you have a blonde Colleen who looks like her two brothers, then there's a girl with red hair who looks more like Michaela's niece than Brian and Matthew's sister. It's really confusing. Can you explain?

Sincerely, "Double-Take"

Dear "Double-Take":

Since Erika was a minor, she had a lot of decisions to make regarding her future. When the time came for contract renewals, she wasn't sure if she could commit for five years. Since Erika didn't have any other options, she had to refuse. As a result, she left the show, and Jessica Bowman became "Colleen Cooper." Here is the official press release from producers of the show:

(February 7, 1996) Dear Viewers:

Over the past several months we have received numerous letters regarding the re-casting of "Colleen" on our show. When this change occured, we released a statement to the affect of, "Unwilling to commit to 5 years, Erika Flores is leaving the series to pursue other interests." Well, it's now over one year, and the fact remains that Erika Flores left the show to pursue other interests. Now, what are those other interests? I can tell you its primarily school. She's auditioned for movies, but her primary focus, to our knowledge, is school. Afterall, she's only 16 years old. The events leading up to her decision to leave the show did include CBS's request that she sign a 5-year contract. Erika did not want to commit to that extended period of time, and CBS would not allow anything but (all the series regulars, including Jane Seymour, are required to sign a 5-year contract.) We, as producers of the show, were able to convince CBS to double Erika's salary in an attempt to keep her on the show. But she still was unwilling to commit to 5 years. This being the case, we had no other choice but to replace her. I hope that this will help clarify your questions about Erika Flores. She remains a very close friend of the show, often visiting the set for lunch, and we wish her all the best in her future pursuits.

Tim Johnson (Producer, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") (c) 1996 CBS

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I really enjoyed watching Dr. Quinn when it was on TV. Do you know why it was canceled before it had a chance to have a good farewell?

Sincerely, "Inquiring Mind"

Dear "Inquiring Mind":

"Why" is something CBS never fully explained, and they skirted around the truth in order to make themselves sound good. The reason they gave is that the demographics who watched Dr. Quinn were not the same age group they wanted to target. They also said the show had slipped in ratings and wasn't worth it to air anymore. But Dr. Quinn consistently won its time slot every Saturday night, regardless of what else aired on the other networks opposite it. Every show slips in ratings beginning from the first season, and everyone from children to senior citizens were watching Dr. Quinn. CBS simply didn't like a female-dominated show on their network and pulled the plug one year before Beth Sullivan and the cast wanted it to end. If they had allowed the 7th season, Beth and the writers and the actors all intended to wrap up everything and give the show a memorable ending. That's why there's so much feedback and so many requests for more movies.

Even today, CBS says they get thousands of letters each year from viewers asking for a return of Dr. Quinn. It's the largest protest since Star Trek in the 1970's.

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I love the beautiful quilts and shawls used on the show in various episodes. Are there patterns available for purchase, or are the shawls and quilts themselves available?

Sincerely, "Crochet Knitter"

Dear "Crochet Knitter":

A lot of the shawls and quilts were on loan from prop departments around the city, and the others were custom-made for the individual cast members or extras. Unfortunately, there are no patterns available at this time. However, we have been working with the lead costume designer, Cheri Ingle, on looking into making a limited sampling of patterns available. No word yet, but stay tuned!

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I love to watch Dr. Quinn and want to collect the entire series, but I live in Europe. Are there any plans for the DVD sets to be released in Europe or other regions?

Sincerely, "DQ Europe fan"

Dear "DQ Europe Fan":

A&E is only producing the DVD sets in region 1, not region 2 for Europe for any other region. However, region 2 DVDs *are* available in Europe, and a UK company has scheduled a region 2 release (www.play.com) for this year. Production in other regions will have to be done by a company located there, and we have no contact with them. If you can't view region 1 or 2 DVDs, you will have to try to contact companies in your region who produce DVDs and see if they might be interested in creating Dr. Quinn. Region-free players are able to play the sets, so if you have one of those, you will most likely be able to view the sets no matter the region where you live.

If you are able to view region 1 DVDs, there are overseas shipping vendors located at the Mercantile, or we can purchase the sets for you and mail them to you, but you will be responsible for all shipping charges involved. Contact us to let us know. Sorry we can't offer a better answer. Good luck!

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I missed the movies the first time they aired. Is there a place where I can buy the movies, Revolutions and The Heart Within?

Sincerely, "Movie Lover"

Dear "Movie Lover":

The two movies were discontinued from retail sale, but A&E released them on DVD in the summer of 2006. We have links at our Mercantile.

Happy shopping!

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I really love watching the episodes, but I am missing some of the episodes and the movies. Is there a place where I can buy the episodes on DVD or Blu-Ray or find copies from someone?

Sincerely, "Episode Conossieur"

Dear "Episode Conossieur":

A&E has now produced the entire series of Dr. Quinn on DVD, and orders can be placed through the Mercantile. All are uncut and commercial-free, coming in an attractive boxed set. The DVD's feature bonus material from a variety of sources. Unfortunately, you cannot order specific episodes from A&E. For more information visit the Mercantile.

Columbia House produced a set of 30 VHS tapes which featured 2 episodes each, but they are out of print and only available via eBay or other auction sites.

If you are willing to settle for video copies from someone else, you can visit our Trading Post and post an ad there. There are always people willing to make copies of their episodes from the TV. Finally, you can always try the online auction sites. There are usually episodes and tapes available for sale there. Good luck!

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I really love some of the music from the town, is there a recording of the music somewhere that we can purchase? I've heard of others selling recordings, but are these other recordings the "official" thing?

Sincerely, "Music Lover"

Dear "Music Lover":

There was a recording produced and copies were even made ready to sell; however, it was pulled from the shelf at the last-minute due to contract disputes. No one thought it was going to be released, but someone at Sonic Images got a hold of some of them from the warehouse and sold them. There have been some copies that have appeared on eBay, but that most likely won't happen again, as eBay has blocked the sale of these unreleased CD's. There are copies of the CD of William Olvis' music that was produced, but no copies are available for retail sale. Hopefully, CBS will release the rights for William Olvis to get the CD out to the public, the way he wishes.

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I loved watching Revolutions where Katie was kidnapped and The Heart Within where Colleen graduated from medical college, but I wish we could have seen Katie grow up. Are there any more movies coming out or planned to be filmed?

Sincerely, "Movie Buff"

Dear "Movie Buff":

As of right now, there are no plans for more movies to come out. However, Jane and Joe have both said if they are asked, they'll be there to do the movies. Considering the time that has passed without any progress, it's unfortunate to say that it's become highly unlikely at this point. Word has it that CBS is considering direct-to-DVD movies this year (2006) with Dr. Quinn hinted as being included, but there is no further word on that. Should anything change, we'll announce it on the site.

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I live in the UK. I have been watching the series for some years now and loved watching the re-runs, but every channel that broadcast the show only ran to a certain point - Sully off the cliff with O'Connor. Where did Sully go after he fell from the cliff?

Sincerely, "Confused"

Dear, "Confused":

You can read episode summaries of the sixth season by visiting the Library and checking out the Episode Guide. It won't be the same as actually seeing it, but it should answer most of your main questions. For others, feel free to use the forum.

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

Was Jane Seymour pregnant at the same time as Michaela?

"Two at a Time"

Dear, "Two at a Time":

Yes. Jane Seymour was actually pregnant before it was revealed on the show that Michaela was pregnant. They began filming the episodes for the 4th season, then realized they would need to write in a pregnancy for Michaela. To accommodate Ms. Seymour, the filming was overlapped one month before Jane took maternity leave. Several episodes were filmed at the same time. This was so all of Jane's scenes would be filmed before she left to have her twins. She had them on November 30th, 1995, and wore heavy padding afterwards for the remaining episodes of the 4th season.

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

Why did Beth Sullivan choose Colorado Springs for the setting of Dr. Quinn? Knowing that there were women intellectuals in Colorado at that time, did she base Michaela loosely on any 'real-life' women of that time and/or that place? If so, who?

Sincerely, "History Buff"

Dear, "History Buff":

This is from Beth, herself. "Actually, no. I picked Colorado because I wanted her to be far enough from her world of Boston, yet not on the farthest frontier with its different, less settled challenges. However, in a general sense, I have always admired greatly the spirit of the women of that era." The writers did research to make the episodes realistic to the time period, but they pulled their information from a variety of sources. As a result, Dr. Quinn was a compilation of research and loosely based on several people in American history. For real life pioneer women doctors, there is Emily Stowe, from Canada, Dr. Mary Walker (Civil War doctor) and Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) -- America's first woman doctor was admitted to New York's Geneva College as a joke in 1847. She overcame taunts and prejudice while at medical school to earn her degree in 1849, graduating at the top of her class. After American hospitals refused to hire her, she opened a clinic in New York City where she was joined by her sister Dr. Emily Blackwell and Dr. Maria E. Zakrzewska.

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I'd love to be able to purchase some nice gifts for some of my friends. Where can I find some unique Dr. Quinn related items?

Sincerely, "Gift Scout"

Dear, "Gift Scout":

You can visit the Mercantile and find videos, books and a poster. We're working on some greeting cards you can send to your friends as well.

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

Is there a way that I can be notified when changes and updates are made to the town?

Sincerely, "Keeping Current"

Dear, "Keeping Current":

Yes. You can subscribe to the Colorado Springs Mailing List. Whenever there is a substantial update made or important news to be announced, the mailing list is used. At other times, check the the board for "What's New?"

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I was wondering if the first actress who played Señora Teresa Morales got along with Jane Seymour? I felt that she didn't like her at all. Was there a problem with the lady that played Teresa?

Sincerely, "Curious"

Dear "Curious":

As a matter of fact, there was. Michelle Bonilla simply didn't mold well with the rest of the cast. It's very important that there's some level of chemistry with the actors and actresses who portray characters in a show or movie, and Michelle didn't fit the mold. As a result, Alex Meneses replaced Michelle in season six.

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I was wondering about Wolf. Who is his owner and does the same dog play the role through the entire show? It seems to like Sully.

Sincerely, "Wolf Lover"

Dear "Wolf Lover":

Wolf was actually played by 2 different Malamute dogs. Two others would stand in from time to time, but for the most part, Cody and Chaz were the primary dogs. They belong to Dennis Grisco, although Cody passed away around the time of the end of the 3rd season; thus the reason for the rabies episode where Brian's dog, Pup, was shot. Cody was playing Wolf and Chaz was playing Pup at that time, but from then on, Chaz assumed the role of Wolf. Both dogs were trained to remain loyal, but not get overly affectionate with the cast members. For Joe, they were trained to stay with him and come when he called. Other than that, their primary purpose was to remain visible, although not overly involved.

Regards, the Editor

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Dear Dorothy,

I really love that song that Kid Cole (Johnny Cash) sang in the episode, Thanksgiving. Is there somewhere I can find the lyrics to it?

Sincerely, "Country"

Dear "Country":

Yes, there is. You can find the lyrics by visiting the Episode Guide and going to season three to the summary for Thanksgiving. There is a link to the lyrics from that page of the guide which also provides information on the only CD where this song is recorded and the cover art of the CD. We will also have an audio clip of the recording of this song in the coming months.

Regards, the Editor

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