Aaron Spelling made known, "I hate it when they say 'Aaron Spelling's this', and 'Aaron Spelling's that'. I did not create '(Beverly Hills) 90210' (it was Darren Star). We meet with the writers on concepts of each episode. Then the producers of the show do an outline, and we go over the outline together. Then the writer does a first draft on the producer's guidance. I get the first draft of every show, (and) I put notes (for suggested changes) in them. I have final say in casting. I see every day of dailies. I see every rough cut. And I have final approval of every show." 

In 1992, NBC commissioned 7 episodes of the Aaron Spelling production series, 'The Round Table'. Created by Nancy Miller, 'The Round Table' sought to explore the lives of a diverse group of twentysomething professionals who spent their down time socializing at a fictional bar called The Round Table in Washington D.C.. It was understood because they spent so much time at the hangout, the group nicknamed themselves the Knights. 

Aaron pointed out, "I think that 'Round Table', for example, has a lot more realism than '90210'. I mean, the young Washington professionals in 'Round Table' don't live in Beverly Hills. They can't call mom and dad when they're in trouble. They are not all wealthy." On 'The Round Table', Stacy Haiduk played a former newspaper reporter turned FBI agent, Roxann Biggs played a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office, Thomas Breznahan played the Justice Department attorney, Pepper Sweeney played a Secret Service agent and Eric King played a rookie policeman. Aaron continued, "In 'Round Table,' the characters know what they want. How to get it is their problem. I think in 'Melrose Place,' they don't know what the hell they want yet. All they talk about is getting through the next day." 

Originally went on air around 9:00pm on a Friday night, 'The Round Table' attracted some 8 to 10 million viewers each week, about 11 to 13% share of the audience. David Gail moved from Florida to Los Angeles in 1990 played a bartender. He told the press, "I feel like I'm awake now (in 1993). The people here, everyone has something going. Half of it may be bull, it doesn't matter. Everyone is excited. I like the energy." David said 'The Round Table' "was one of the biggest highs of my life. I was literally in a dream. It was there one day, and it was gone the next." Of the experience, "I felt like I had something that people enjoyed watching, and I had something to offer." 

"You can't say he (Aaron Spelling) was the first one down this path or that path," Alex McNeil wrote 'Total Television' argued. "He kind of set the standard for certain formulas - stuff that doesn't purport to be uplifting or educational or controversial." After 'Dynasty' ended its run in 1989, so was Aaron's "exclusive contract" with the American Broadcasting Company, "Everybody I knew at ABC was gone after Capital Cities took over." 

In an interview, Stacy Haiduk recounted, "I went up to Canada to do 'The Round Table' which was like 7 episodes. I got a call from my agent - I'll never forget - 3 or 4 shows into 'Round Table'. He said 'Oh, by the way, I just want you to know (Steven) Spielberg actually called and wanted to know your availability, and I went 'What??' He said, 'Ya, ya, ya, he was seeing if you were available and I told him you were doing a series'. I was just like 'What??' I was like 'You've got to be kidding me. You couldn't have said 'Oh no, she'll be available for whatever for you'. I went back and auditioned for 'SeaQuest, DSV' which I think was 8 months later (in 1993). He was out there and everyone was leaving and he goes 'Oh hey Stacy how are you? Nice to see you again.' I was like 'Wow, Steven Spielberg remembers my name.'"

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