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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’ Recasts and Departures Addressed By EP and CW President

On Sunday at the CW’s TCA Summer Press Tour, the changing and revolving door of cast changes was bantered about during the network’s executive session. As fans of the Dynasty reboot know, the role of Cristal has now been recast twice.

First, following Nathalie Kelley’s exit at the end of the first season, Ana Brenda Contreras took over the role for season 2, but now, as had been previously reported, she is being replaced by actress Daniella Alonso ahead of season 3.  Contreras was said to be leaving for personal reasons.

And if that was not confusing enough, there was the exit of James MacKay as Steven Carrington when back in November of 2018 he announced via his Instagram: “While Steven had a choice to leave, unfortunately I didn’t. There’s a lot of decisions involved in making television, and sometimes they just don’t go your way and you have to live with it.”  However, MacKay returned to the show on recurring status making a few appearances since that time.

Then, there was the exit of Nicollette Sheridan, who left for personal reasons as well, in the key role of Alexis Carrington and who was replaced by Elizabeth Gilles who apparently now is playing a dual role on the show that of Fallon and Alexis, but is she moving forward?  And then .. behind the scenes the original reboot showrunner Sallie Patrick made her exit to go into development ahead of season 2; where she was replaced by Josh Reims.

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CW President Mark Pedowitz had this to say to the press about the cast departures: “We hoped (Ana Contreras) would continue but she had personal issues we had no control over.  There’s no dirt to be found.”  Pedowitz was dismissing a theory that there was a bigger underlining issue going on behind the scenes.

Dynasty executive producer Josh Schwartz added to Deadline:“Some (casting changes) were made for creative decisions, some were made for personal reasons, and just a confluence of things that happened in succession but it’s not part of a larger pattern. And on the showrunner front, Sallie ran the show for two seasons on a 22-episode model.  It was always her plan to pass the baton after a couple of seasons. Josh is an excellent and experienced showrunner.”

So, what do you think about all the casting changes at Dynasty and we are only at the start of the 3rd season.  Comment below.

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‘This Is Us’ Stars Justin Hartley and Sterling K. Brown, ‘Dynasty’s’ Adam Huber Receive Teen Choice Award Nominations For Drama Actor TV Series

The Teen Choice Award nominations were revealed on Wednesday as to who will be tops among the young people voting in the major categories of drama, comedy, reality and more in the television categories.

The awards will be handed out on Fox live from Hermosa Beach, California on Sunday night, August 11th.

This Is Us‘ Justin Hartley (Kevin Pearson and ex-Adam, Y&R) was nominated along with his TV brother, Sterling K. Brown ((Randall Pearson) in the Choice Drama Actor in a TV Series category.  Nominated with Hartley and Brown were Dynasty favorite Adam Huber (Liam); along with Cole Sprouse, Riverdale as well as K.J. Apa from Riverdale and Oliver Stark, 9-1-1.

In the Choice Drama category, voters will chose from Good Trouble, Marvel’s Runaways, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, Riverdale, Star, and The Resident.

Fans can vote for their favorites now at TeenChoice.VoteNow.tv or on Twitter.

For the complete list of nominations check them out here.

So who are you rooting for to win in the Choice Drama Actor in a TV series? Comment below.

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Josh Reims Is ‘Dynasty’s’ New Showrunner

Some changes behind the scenes for CW’s Dynasty as it enters its upcoming 3rd season.

According to Deadline. Sallie Patrick, who developed the reboot of the primetime soap with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, has stepped down as the series showrunner.

In her place will be Josh Reims, who joined Dynasty as co-executive producer at the start of season 2.

Reims, has major primetime soap cred.  He served as executive producer on ABC’s Mistresses and Dirty Sexy Money and as consulting producer on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and the CW’s Jane the Virgin.

Patrick, will remain an EP of Dynasty, but will now focus on development for CBS Studios.  She posted a message on her Instagram about moving on, noting: “While I’m excited to move on to my next challenge, it’s of course hard to part with a world I put so much love into, from first pitch to this 44th ep, but I’m so pleased with the team carrying it forward.”

So, what do you think about Josh Reims being named the new showrunner for Dynasty season three? Comment below

 

 

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