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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.

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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 Surprise Musical Episode On Tap Tonight

CW’s Dynasty is giving viewers the unexpected once again, but this time with a musical episode,  and it all happens tonight on the Friday, November 1st episode of the sudsy reboot (9pmEST/8pmCST).

In a special episode, hear a very different side of the Carrington family as Blake (Grant Show) is feeling back on top of the world. He and Cristal (Daniella Alonso) surprise Adam (Sam Underwood) with some news that doesn’t sit well so Adam attempts to sabotage their plans.

Meanwhile, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) refuses to give up on convincing Liam (Adam Huber) that she is his soulmate and manipulates Sam (Rafael De La Fuente) into doing her bidding. Dominique (Michael Michele) tries to reconcile with Jeff (Sam Adegoke) who makes a high stakes demand of his mother. and Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley) brings a business opportunity to Anders (Alan Dale).

TV Line released an exclusive clip from the musical episode featuring Elizabeth Gilles (Fallon) and Rafael de La Fuente (Sammy Jo) performing a duet to the Supremes classic, “You Can’t Hurry Love”.  Is Fallon losing her grip in reality as she tries to convince her amnesiac fiancé, Liam that she is the only woman for her?

Be on the lookout for many characters to get into the singing act as this next arc of the Carrington story plays out.

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Dynasty Casts A New Alexis Carrington

We have come to expect the unexpected from CW’s soap, Dynasty, especially in the casting department.  There have already been three Cristal’s since the show debuted, and now it appears a third Alexis Carrington.

When we last left off, Nicollette Sheridan (Knots Landing and Desperate Housewives) bowed out of the reboot as Alexis; the role originally played on the ABC version by Joan Collins.  When Sheridan last appeared as troublemaker Alexis she had her face burned in the fireplace thanks to Adam (Sam Underwood)! After plastic surgery, it was revealed that she looked just like Elizabeth Gilles, who plays Fallon, thus setting up what we thought would be dual role for the talented Gilles.

However, it looks like their has been a change of plans with the casting news today via Deadline, that actress Elaine Hendrix is now set to play the pivotal role on the series.

Hendrix is known from her work in The Parent Trap, and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.  Elaine will also be seen on-screen in the upcoming feature The Country Club, plus Spectrum Originals mystery series Paradise Lost, and the upcoming feature  Adopt A Highway.

Details on how the soap will explain the new look Alexis and what she has been up to are being kept under wraps, but apparently she is back in Atlanta (where the story and show takes place) with some serious scores to settle.

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DYNASTY Ups Four To Series Regulars As Season Three Kicks-Off

Just in time for the start of the new season of CWs deliciously wicked soap reboot of Dynasty! News on Friday has that four members of the cast have been upped to series regular, meaning they will be pivotal in story and see a lot more screen time.

According to Deadline:  the third actress to play Cristal Jennings, Daniella Alonso, who debuts tonight in the season three opener has been made series regular. Along with the previously recurring: Michael Michele (Dominique Devereaux), Sam Underwood (Adam Carrington) and Adam Huber (Liam), who have now been upped to major cast status.

Additionally, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) seemed to have taken over the the role of Alexis from Nicollette Sheridan.  Is this going to be a doppelgänger story, or not? Time will tell.

The new season gets underway with new showrunner Josh Reims, and Sallie Patrick staying on as an executive producer.

CW’s Dynasty is a modernized reboot of the 1980s primetime soap of the same name, the series follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.

Glad to hear Sam, Adam, Michael and Daniella are series regulars for season three? Watch what happens tonight beginning at 9PMEST on the CW.

 

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