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CW’s Dynasty Reboot EP Josh Schwartz: "We are living in an age of dynasties. You can’t look at the news without hearing about Trump or the Clintons or the Kardashians or the Murdochs."

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Now is the time for the perfect soap with Donald Trump in the White House, so says Dynasty reboot executive producer Josh Schwartz.

Several of the cast members from the upcoming CW reboot of the iconic ABC primetime soap, along with Schwartz were on hand today at the TCA’s were they addressed members of the media.

“We are living in an age of dynasties,” Schwartz said. “You can’t look at the news without hearing about “Trump or the Clintons or the Kardashians or the Murdochs. Our news is filled with stories of dynasties.”

When the new Dynasty debuts on October 11th at 9PMEST,  Blake Carrington (Grant Show) will be quite the villain who loves his children, and will have a much younger fiancée named named Cristal (not Krystle) played by former Vampire Diaries cast member Nathalie Kelley.  Josh Schwartz added: “Part of the fun was taking a character like Krystle and dirtying her up a little bit!”

The series backdrop will be Atlanta this time, not Denver.  And in a major redo in story this time out, Blake is not homophobic to his gay son Steven Carrington now being played by James MacKay.  Steven in the Dynasty revival now is very confident in his sexuality and Blake accepts him. The trouble seems to come in the form of Sammy Jo, who will this time out be a man played by Empire’s Rafael de la Fuente, as opposed to the original schemer Sammie Jo played by Heather Locklear.

The press also learned that the role of Alexis Carrington played in the original series by Joan Collins has not been cast, but will appear sometime later in the season.

So, intrigued by the intel on the CW’s Dynasty reboot? Comment below.

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Phil
Phil

I will definitely be checking this show out! I am interested in seeing who they cast as Alexis! I suggest Tiffani Theissen or perhaps Heather Locklear! This might turn out to be fun to watch!

Richard
Richard

Tiffani would be a FANTASTIC Alexis! Omg i loved her as schemer Valerie on 90210!

Jimh
Jimh

Dullnasty…been there done that…

Max
Max

How about Ms Susan Lucci as Alexis?

Tristan
Tristan

I agree Susan Lucci needs to return to tv and she probably should have been on the original Dynasty. At least Erica Kane should have had some scenes with Alexis, Sable and Dominique. What the heck was ABC thinking – well they didn’t want La Lucci on night time tv it seems because then she was missing from the daytime canvas. How Dallas got La Lucci and not ABC which was home to her movies of the week and All My Children – oh ABC – All My Stupidness. Cancelling the show, treating Susan Lucci so horribly after all her loyalty to ABC is really horrible. Lucci needs some show – sitcom or drama but even if it was not Alexis she could spice things up that’s for sure. She might be too old to be Alexis as she is 70 or more. Though she looks great but playing a 45 year old might be hard – mind you I saw some photos of La Lucci in some music video and she showed up at the Daytime Emmy’s looking scarily amazing. Give this girl a job!!!!1

Jovin
Jovin

Nope, sorry. This show is a completely different show merely using the Dynasty name to intrigue viewers. A real Dynasty reboot would have had Jeff and Fallon as the leads, with the focus on their kids, and the other younger members much like Dallas did. This show does seem like campy, soapy fun, but it should have. been it’s own show. As a reboot, it will fail miserably. On its own merits, or lack thereof, who knows? I have seen a preview and not many of the characters seem very likeable. But then again thinking back on the original, the characters weren’t that likeable either. Lol. I like reboots that are either continuations of the original, or reboots that place the story and characters in the now as opposed to the era they were in. This kind of tweaking and changing does nothing for me.

Shay
Shay

Amen, Jovin!…Slapping the “Dynasty” label on this b@$+@^*#ed piece of “pc” nonsense is a total misappropriation of the classic’s title and premise. If there is such a demand for this particular sort of drama, then why is it necessary to attempt to ride the coattails of the original’s massive success with this extremely reconstituted version? Schwartz has already produced his own highly-memorable series in the form of “Gossip Girl,” which wonderfully blended the elements of traditional primetime soaps with modern sensibilities, so we know it can be done, and very well, at that! This just seems like a really lame and lazy way to attract viewers with a bait-and-switch con-job since so many fondly recall the dizzying heights of the real “Dynasty” and may perhaps tune in expecting exactly what you have described, either a continuation or next-generation itineration of the former hit show…neither of which will be in the offing! As for recasting the pivotal role of Alexis??? That is sheer lunacy…Joan Collins is—and always shall be—this most glamorous of villainous vixens…she owns the role! And nobody, no matter how fabulous, can fill her vertiginous stilettos!

Jovin
Jovin

I love your writing!!! First and foremost! Next topics….how the hell funny would it be if they got Joan Collins to play Alexis?? Lmao!!! She hasn’t changed in 50 years! Can you imagine Grant Show trying to play it straight opposite JC? Lol!!! This show has a solid ONE season of shelf life. They might as well make it as campy as possible!

Nikki
Nikki

Oh I have to agree. This will never make it.

Shay
Shay

Thank you, Jovin…I always enjoy your posts, too! And I am a real admirer of Joan Collins! Yes, she is absolutely ageless, yet she manages to ooze that old-fashioned silverscreen GG-vibe, just the same! She has certainly not forgotten from whence she came and has stuck with her tried-and-true trademark beauty formula since her ingenue days. She’s also quite a lady offscreen, too…such a survivor to have lasted in this business for years on end, hardworking, and very much full of common sense and the British stiff-upper lip mentality…a great mother, too! Many stories about her family trials-and-tribulations though the years have shown her to be a committed maternal figure to her children—who under her strict guidance never became off-the-rails Hollywood brats. I often read her op-eds in the UK press…she has many interesting views on life/the world and I love that, too! Lastly, despite being married to a man over 30 years her junior, she has never looked ridiculous with a much-younger partner…..they make a really fitting, fabulous couple and if anything, he can’t keep up with her! (Although, no, I cannot envision her playing against Grant Show, even though I usually watch him in whatever….but not this time!) Yes, I am a fan, and there is no way under the sun a Dynasty series will be credible without Joan’s inimitable Alexis…if only this latest project had been a continuation with the original Fallon, Jeff and Steven, even Sammy Jo, and their next generation of offspring, this could have been a viable idea, but as it is being presented? Count me out!

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

This thing has FLOP written all over it.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Because of the Trumps, Clintons, Kardashins etc this show might be redundant — who needs fiction when CNN is better than a soap — LOL

Lew S.
Lew S.

Really???

kalamaty
kalamaty

They most better have JOAN COLLINS in that role later in the season. Anything (or anyone) else will simply not do. No getting around it… sorry!

Shane
Shane

Meh! I’ll pass on this one. I’d rather watch the DVD’s of the original,

Nikki
Nikki

Me too Shane the beautiful Linda Evans & Joan Collin’s. If they took the kids of these two and every so often had Linda & Joan drop in it may work., but really I think it’s a flop.

Alan
Alan

I’m really trying to keep an open mind since it is Schwartz and Savage but the more I hear the less interested I am…

jeffrie
jeffrie

Susan Lucci would make the perfect Alexis!!!!!!!!

Steve
Steve

She, too, just awoke from her coma.

It’s called a nap Susan Lucci.

Tristan
Tristan

Ah while I would love to see Susan Lucci on this show or any show – because after seeing her on Devious Maids well the woman can entertain. So hillarious and unErica. And if you saw her done up for the 2017 Daytime Emmy’s or Gloria Estefan’s video okay I might buy her playing Alexis even though she would be like 20 plus years older than the original Alexis. Let’s hope Dynasty reboot gifts Lucci with a role!

Rodd
Rodd

I’m interested to see how this plays out. But I’m also leery of trying to accept this show as a DYNASTY re-boot. I think it’s more of the same with some twists. Time will tell. I hope it holds my attention.

Magneto
Magneto

I’ll give it a look-see but I’m over these reimaged shows. Unless you’re gonna do a straight up reboot incorporating the characters from the original shows, don’t do it! Create a whole new show and write good material that draws in the crowd. They are banking on the “Dynasty” brand and I think they are going to lose big time.

rose
rose

Not even sure the CW’s target audiences will even know about the original “Dynasty,” or Joan Collins. Maybe looking to expand audience? But after the “Dallas” reboot, and MF’s description, pretty sure I won’t be watching…well maybe once to give it a chance. Just hope “Twin Peaks” reboot lives up to it’s hype and my expectation.

John Gordon
John Gordon

I sort of agree with others that, on it’s own, it might work but the fact that they are begging for comparisons from the original show, it may have already sealed it’s own fate. What worked in the 80’s with Linda Evans and John F. and Joan C. won’t necessarily work with all new cast members.

Mack
Mack

Give it a chance. It possible since the original creators the Sharpiro’s are heading it up. As for Alexis. Tough shoes to fill. But it has to be Madeline Stowe after her performance as Victoria in Revenge. She seems like the logical choice. & since 1 of producers is from Revenge. Who knows?

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‘Dynasty’ Reveals Its Recast For Nicollete Sheridan As Alexis Carrington In Cliffhanger Moment

Talk about a major soapy twist the reminds of some of the best and outrageous classics of the genre!  Friday’s episode of Dynasty offered up a shocker in an episode aptly titled and an oh-so clever one at that, “How Two-Faced Can You Get?”  And, as you watch the installment unfold, you think the “two-faced” in the title is about Fallon (Elizabeth Gilles) and Kirby’s (Maddison Brown) friendship when it comes to a certain man, but that was just the appetizer.

This episode served to reveal who is the replacement for Nicollette Sheridan in the key role of Alexis Carrington.  As viewers know, Sheridan announced her departure from the series to attend to personal family matters.  Dynasty fans last saw Sheridan on the March 22nd episode of the series.

SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU PLAN TO WATCH THE EPISODE BEFORE READING

In story, Adam (Sam Underwood) who is seriously psycho and hell-bent on major revenge has a face-off with his mother, Alexis (then played by Sheridan).  He confronts her and knows she fudged DNA evidence to make it look as if Hank was her true biological son.   Adam walked in on his mother burning the evidence of fake DNA test and interrupts her in the process.  After being caught, she fessed up to what she did … saying she did it all, because she was desperate to get her family back,

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Next, Adam tells her to burn the rest of the evidence, and while her back is turned and as she is kneeling in front of the fireplace, Adam pushes her face into the fire.  And that sets the stage for the reveal of the new actress set to play Alexis, since Alexis has to undergo extensive plastic surgery to heal her burns,   We also note on that episode that Adam poisoned his “other” mother with a fatal overdose of her medication, and apparently that mom was a drug addict.

Now on to the final moments of the just aired Friday episode.  We cut to a scene where in the hospital, the bandages are being removed from Alexis’ face.  And we see her exclaim how youthful she looks!  Then, Adam comes by with flowers for his mother, saying he wants to see how she looks.  When she turns around it is revealed that the part is now being played by Elizabeth Gilles who also plays Fallon!  Adam looks very happy!  How twisted!  Looks like these two plotted together to bring down the Carringtons; by changing Alexis’ face to Fallon’s? Stay tuned.

Gilles took to her Twitter account on Saturday and asked the fans, “How’d we feel about last night’s ?”

So, what do you think of  Elizabeth Gilles as the new Alexis, now that it looks like Fallon will have a doppelgänger? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Michael Michele is ‘Dynasty’s’ New Dominique Deveraux

In exciting casting news for Dynasty fans, the series has cast the key role of Dominique Deveraux on the CW reboot of the classic soap.   The part was played by  Diahann Carroll (pictured below) in the ABC version of the series.

Michael Michele known for her run on Queen Sugar as Darlene and on Fox’s Star as Ayanna has landed the promo role.

According to TV Line, look for Dominique to appear on-screen before the series ends its current second season.  Discussions are already being had if Michael could very well become a series regular for season three.

For the back-story, Dominique is Blake’s estranged half sister who is said to be a “fabulously elegant, self-made woman, known for her outrageous fashion sense and penchant for drama. Dominique will return to Atlanta after a long stint in New York City where she spent the past several years seeking fame and adulation… to no avail.  Now Dominique is home to reconnect with her estranged children, but does she really want to be part of their lives, or will she just disappoint them all over again? And what will the Carringtons have to say about her sudden, mysterious return?”

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This casting news came at the right tine for Dynasty; hot on the heels of the announcement that Nicollette Sheridan is departing as Alexis Carrington.

Dynasty airs Friday nights on the CW at 9PM ET/8 CT.

So, what do you think of the casting of Michael Michele as the new Dominique? Comment below.

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Nicollette Sheridan Exiting ‘Dynasty’ & Releases Her Own Statement To Clarify Why; Role May Be Recast

Over the last 16 hours news that former Knots Landing favorite, Nicollette Sheridan is departing her role of Alexis Carrington on CW’s Dynasty has sent some shockwaves through the series and its fans.  Sheridan took on the iconic role, originally played by Joan Collins in the original ABC sudsy version, less than a year ago, when the character came back on to the canvas towards the second half of the first season

In the first statement from the CW on her decision to exit, it read: “Nicollette Sheridan will be leaving Dynasty in order to focus on some personal family responsibilities.  She was a valuable asset to the show and we wish her continued success in the future.”

According to TV Line who broke the news; Sheridan will make her final appearance as Alexis in March.  Sources are reporting that the role may be recast.

In addition, Sheridan then released her own statement to clarify why she is exiting the pivotal role at this time stating: “Working on the Dynasty reboot and reprising the iconic role of Alexis has been thoroughly enjoyable, but the chance to spend precious time with my terminally ill mother is more important to me right now. I am profoundly grateful to Mark Pedowitz (The CW) and David Stapf (CBS) for graciously allowing me to return to Los Angeles to be with her, and I wish them and everyone associated with the show nothing but continued success. I am hopeful that my fans will embrace my successor with as much passion as they embraced me.”

With Sheridan’s exit that makes the series third major casting loss with Nathalie Kelly (the original Cristal) and James Macay (Steven) also gone from the series.

Meanwhile, this season of Dynasty marches on Friday’s at 8/7 on the CW.  The series has been renewed for a third season.

So, sad to hear Nicollette is stepping away from Dynasty? If the show were to recast, who now could fill the shoes of Alexis Carrington? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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