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DYNASTY: An Unexpected Arrest! How Would You Grade The Reboot Thus Far?

Wednesday’s second episode of CW’s Dynasty reboot was filled with some sudsy moments on steroids, picking right up from where the first installment left off, right as the Carringtons learned of the fate of Matthew Blaisdel (guest star, Nick Wechsler).

It is former GH star, Brianna Brown now playing the role of Claudia Blaisdel, originally played in the 80’s by Pamela Bellwood, who blames Blake for his death. After all, it is revealed through flashbacks just how Cristal (Blake’s newbie wife) was in love with Matthew, and how she was carrying on an affair with him.  So, it would seem Blake wanted the guy dead and out of the way of his relationship with his new bride. But, did he set-up the construction site disaster that killed Blaisdel?

During the funeral, we get a Fallon bl-job in the chauffeur’s car next to the burial site, and then later Fallon irking Cristal on. So much so, that Cristal finally pushes Fallon into an open pit cemetery plot! The wake following the funeral gets even soapier, when Fallon emerges in a red dress, while everyone else is in black.  Jeff Colby shows up with a way to wipe off potentially damning photo evidence against the Carringtons in the murder, which he gives to Fallon, but Blake is not having anything Colby has to offer up.

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Cristal is torn between seeing the lengths Blake will go to deflect suspicion from his family, and being disgusted by it, and by her desire to prove her loyalty and love to him. After being reminded by Sam that she, too, has crossed lines for family, Cristal does a heel turn and lies to Willy, Matthew’s partner on the construction site, while Willy is drunk and blaming Blake for Matthew’s demise.

Cristal tells Willy that Matthew was in love with her, but it was all one-sided. She then fires the poor guy!  Next, after seemingly upset for what she does, she ends up bonking with Blake right there in the private study during the wake!  Yup, funeral sex! Remember, crypt sex on GH?

Then in a major bombshell, the FBI shows up in full force to make an arrest, and it is none other than Steven Carrington who is carted away and taken into custody! What is the twist? Is he taking the rap for his father, or someone else, or did he do the deed and set the death of Matthew Blaisdel in motion? Tune in next week.

So, what have been your thoughts on the new 2017 version of Dynasty? How would you grade it thus far  .. A, B, C, D, or an F? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Jimh
Jimh

I seen two minutes and it was terrible…and from what i read it sounds even more disgusting…i rather watch repeats of the classic original…

Jimh
Jimh

F…is the perfect grade for Disastersy which also would be a better title!!!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Jimh, I love the “Disastersy” moniker!

jaybird369
jaybird369

L-O-L

Shay
Shay

More like “Travesty!”

MICHELLE
MICHELLE

Me too!

Sue M.
Sue M.

I agree with you!

Becky
Becky

I also made it for only about 2 minutes. Maybe 3.

kmayne
kmayne

Pales in comparison to the original. They should have followed Dallas and had a couple of cast members from the original show. This is what made Dallas popular The untimely death of Larry Hagman unfortunately ended Dallas as well.

diane
diane

The Dallas reboot was really good. I was so upset when it was cancelled. Having some of the original cast members was awesome!!

Vinc
Vinc

The dallas reboot was great during S01 and S02. S03 was a complete mess though.

Dymundjake
Dymundjake

This reboot is a a travesty and would make Aaron Spelling roll in his grave. If you are going to reboot a show and cannot have the original cast, at least have them be similar and have the show be based on the same thing. Denver Carrington and Blake were the center. Crystal, not Cristal was a wonderful character and not a mean schemer. I could go on but choose not to and choose to not watch it again.

James
James

It’s been only two episodes and from what I hear, the original Dynasty did not become what it was until much later on.

Dymundjake
Dymundjake

I watched the original from day one. I know this is 2017 but even in the beginning you could see how Denver played such an important part of the story. Blake was a much older man and yes Fallon was going to be trouble but did not clash over Crystal because of business. She just did not like daddy’s choice and acted out. It may be only two episodes but this is nothing like I ever expected. Enjoy your version but some classics should never be tampered with. It would be like a Dallas reboot and not be in Texas.

Judith
Judith

It’s so sad. I really wanted this to be good, but it’s terrible. It wont last.

B&B Fan
B&B Fan

Don’t care for the reboot Dynasty.
Don’t like they made Sammy Jo male. Don’t like they making this version of Crystal seem evil. Grant is good as Blake. But he not old enough to play Blake. The casting is way off. I rather watch reruns of the old Dynasty instead.

Dymundjake
Dymundjake

ITA

Steve
Steve

The ratings for last night indicate an audience of under 1 million, way below the daily ratings for GH and DAYS. This reboot is a bust.

BB
BB

If you loved the original Dynasty, then in my opinion, you will LOVE this version. Please give it a try!! I was completely surprised at how much this version resembles the past version in tone and storyline. The updates to the characters bring this story into present day. The campiness is what Dynasty has always been about… EXCESS and EXTREMES! That is what made the original a classic and the new version is off to a great start! PLEASE announce that Heather Locklear will be playing the role of Alexis!!! The gender switch for Sammy Jo is brilliant!!!

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

Seriousy? You must be on their payroll.

Elo Fuddpucker
Elo Fuddpucker

A

Sue M.
Sue M.

The original is the BEST!! Need I say more!

jp
jp

No where near as good as the original. If it was anywhere but on the CW it would be gone already.

Kevin C
Kevin C

I heard the ratings are horrible…won’t last at all…Doesn’t Hollywood know that you cannot really redo a classic?

James
James

The same can be said last year with Riverdale where it was averaging only a million viewers per episode but then it reached a series high twice its average on its season premiere.

Annette
Annette

Grade C-
Too many changes from the original series
The characters of Blake and Fallon are the best.
I will keep watching hoping it gets better…

Joel
Joel

It’s not good. Nothing near the great show the original was. I’ll be surprised if it lasts til Christmas.

su0000
su0000

The series is gawd awful..
I’m out ..

Mateo
Mateo

Look, Grant Show has tried to be the lead in every show he has been in and ummm………he can’t hold up his part of the deal…this show is stupidity personified. I can guarantee you that no bars across the country will have a Dynasty night like in the 80’s. I will recommend perhaps a celebration when this stupid effort goes up in flames and is replaced by a reboot of Mr. Ed, with Grant Show playing the horse.

davlestev1
davlestev1

i couldn’t pass this up. Hilarious Mateo. Like i said in another post this show should be called TRAVESTY. It’s so different it’s outright jarring. This show isn’t even for Gossip Girl fans. The knock off Empire type music is insulting at best. It seems at the outset they may have wanted to replicate the original in some way but threw in the towel. It’s definitely NOT must see like the new Will and Grace..still hilarious.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Okay, here’s the guy who, just last week, expressed loyalty to the Dynasty brand and fervent, if not misguided, hope for the reboot…

I just have to say, once and for all, anytime oral sex is simulated/depicted on film or TV, it is disgusting and it tarnishes the entire enterprise! So Dynasty is now 2 for 2. Which characters will be simulating oral sex in episode 3? Will such scenes becomes a staple for the show? Akin to the requisite physical altercations between Alexis and Krystle?

I don’t care about the gender or sexual orientation of each participant, anytime this shocking device is trotted out, it ventures below the belt. Pun intended!

Unless my memory deceives me, I believe the first episode of the online OLTL reboot also featured such a scene.

You would expect such scenes in pornography, that is, if you were looking for that sort of thing… But inserting these scenes simply for shock value and prurient titillation is a lazy, contrived plot device that negates any goodwill the writers may have going for them.

su0000
su0000

hi Jamesj75 ,,
If it had pornography scenes I might have stayed tuned in.
And sex no longer has a shock value, it’s too common.
and oral sex being simulated is hoohumm..

Dynasty is simply gawd awful no excuses can erase that fact.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hi su0000:

You absolutely crack me up! 🙂
Thanks for your reply! All your points are well taken.
Take care, Friend!

su0000
su0000

hey James..
To me– the problem is this Dynasty is still hanging in a past era..
example..
Murder on the Orient Express is a great classic, nothing can take its’ greatness away.
Now, it has been remade and not remade to destroy the original but to give us the 2017 ”difference” and it looks awesome!

Dynasty failed to come into the 21st century, to be the same yet very different, it is stuck in where it came from..

The revived Murder on the Orient Express is simply showing a 2017 high tech makeover..
Nov. I’m going to be in the line at the opening.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Agree. The Starr Report and the nightly news reports for almost two years drained the snake of its potency. Pun intended! 😉

jaybird369
jaybird369

Brother…I tried giving Dynasty 2017 a chance. Sorry, Brother…but I don’t buy any of it!!!!! At all. LONG LIVE THE ORIGINAL DYNASTY (1981-1989)…PERIOD!!!!!

Later, Brother.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Yes, jaybird369, the original Dynasty was something special! Most of the time…

Jimh
Jimh

Well said…and those scenes you mentioned is totally uncalled for..does nothing to the story but gives it a sleazy feel…

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, Jimh!

mike
mike

Could not believe how bad it was.

Kit
Kit

I suspect nuDynasty would go over better if we had Bill Conti’s original theme pushing the thin scenes forward.

Alan
Alan

The first season of the original DYNASTY was pretty much a snooze fest so I’m not writing this reboot off just yet. It’s from the creators of GOSSIP GIRL and Sallie Patrick from REVENGE so the talent is there. I think some viewers are thrown off by the fact that it’s not a carbon copy of the original which would have been a ridiculous route to take — if you knew what was going to happen why would you tune in each week?

I’m still not sold on some of the casting but then I wasn’t a fan of everyone on the original either…

BB
BB

The original was pure escapism, which is what this version has the potential to be! Fallon being pushed into an open grave was the best thing I have seen since the original Krystle & Alexis cat fights from the 80’s!!

Karen R
Karen R

True it is not anywhere near what the original was, yet I’m going to give it a chance Fallon is making it worth a chance. She really steals the show.

Patrick
Patrick

I think it was – Cristal – who steals the show

she really surprised me in a good way.

she was confident and didn’t overact her play

from the catfight w/Fallon to the fallout of her “affair” with Claudia husband.
dang he “looked” like a good actor

I don’t think i’ll be tuning in… the first thing I thought of during the opening – with all that gold and riches.. was Trump. not a good feeling.

Nathalie Kelley – a force to be reckon

rebecca1
rebecca1

haha, Patrick…”gold and Trump.” I hear ya!

Jason Klein
Jason Klein

I really like new dynasty! Its fun and tacky at same time

Shay
Shay

Well, from all I’ve read here, “tacky” doesn’t begin to cover it…..

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

I get that folks don’t like this show. But please look at seasons 1 – 3 of the original which ranged from hot mess to dull.

Blake was always a stiff board. Crystal was always uninteresting. At least here they attempt to fix that. Nasty Fallon was the best thing about S1. But then they paired her with Derwood and she turned in to Stepford Wife Fallon. Steven slipped in and out of gay. Season one he was paired with the always a little crazy Claudia and then Sammi Jo. Actor quit over this trepidation. Blake who had a murderous hatred of homosexuals was given a pass the horned up chauffeur Roman Brady had nothing to do. Cowboy Blaisdell and his lumpen teen daughter were as awful as perpetual nutjob Claudia. Jeff Colby was a constant bathroom break of a character.

S2 was the arrival of La Joan. She loved her gay son who wasn’t at all gay. And she was an Artiste, a Free Spirit. The elements were taking shepebut they weren’t gelling just yet.

Dynasty as we know it takes snap in S3. The network opens the budgets and the shoulder pads begin to kiss earlobes. We see fur. Alexis finds her inner Drag Queen. After we lose Steven we gain my favorite character, Devious Long Dead Adam. Now we’re going somewhere.

Crystals only good storyline was with the doppelganger when Semi Jo had her kidnapped and replaced. George Whatsawhosie was great and it was a romp. I think the audiences didn’t like it so it wrapped up too soon.

Next week: Are you kidding with those first seasons of Dallas?! The pace of that show was comparable to a tortoise 500k run!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Should be a period BTW Blake was given a pass. Horned up chauffeur was a new sentence. Although Blake as a horned up chauffeur would be ratings gold!

Mark Y
Mark Y

There’s a lot to like about Dynasty. Big, sprawling family saga. Interesting relationships, glamorous sets, beautiful actors – there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be a success. But why? Last time I saw Krystle she was a tall platinum blonde and Blake was silver fox.
Why reimagine these characters? Give it its own themes and personalities. The writers better make sure the characters have good stories to play or we won’t care about them and won’t watch. And why don’t we have the original theme song?! I miss those final two notes!

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

Rated D.
The casting is way off. I do like Grant Show as Blake. Crystal was a cool blonde not a hot Latina. SammyJo could have been cast as a hot Latina not a gay man. Jeff was a waspish goody mild tempered Yuppie. Fallon’s casting gets a B+
The story lines suck (no pun intended). Denver is oil – Atlanta is peaches. That was the first mistake. I’m sure it is because is much cheaper to shoot in Atlanta than Denver. Also the climate is more conducive to outdoor filming.
Overall very disappointing. I will DVR the first season. If there is a season two, I will binge watch

Tad
Tad

The acting and writing is horrible. There is not a single characters that seems like an actual human-being. This is way worse than I expected.

Tasha Jones
Tasha Jones

I love it so far. Of course there are things I would love to change when it comes to casting. But the overall feel of the show has me glued. I love that they made ‘Chrystal’ Catty it will give a different spin on things. When she pushed her into the grave it gave me bumps and reminded me of the pool scene years ago. Give it a chance guys and stop nit picking everything.

dmr
dmr

I only saw the previews, and it look beyond dreadful-wrong casting and terrible acting. Why cancel the reboot of Dallas? The new series was so good, and paid respect to its history and iconic characters. I enjoyed the reboot of Dallas. The reboot of 90210, Melrose Place, and Dynasty should have never happened. I would much rather watch reruns of the original Dynasty!

Stephanie
Stephanie

I liked the reboot, guess I’m the only one :/ I like the different twists, glad it’s not like the original.

Shane
Shane

I have to look at it two different ways. First compared to the original and to tell the truth…there is no comparison. It gets an F.

But on it’s own…so far it has not been quality must see likable TV. When I have to strain to enjoy a show it’s not a good one and this just isn’t that good. The acting is flat, the story is flat and the drama is non-existent. I don’t even find any of the characters to be likable and there is o one to root for. So again it gets an F.

Maybe I’m being to critical but I grew up in a time where we had quality soaps, daytime and prime-time. And this one just doesn’t work for me.

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CW’s ‘Dynasty’ Cast Livestream Chat On Tap

In a rare, and exciting virtual chat today )May 22nd), the entire cast of CW’s Dynasty on board for a conversation with TV Line beginning today at 12 p. m. ET/9 a.m. PT.

The cast is coming together during the COVID-19 pandemic for the launch of its just completed 3rd season on Netflix.

Participating will be: Sam Adegoke (Jeff), Daniella Alonso (Cristal),  Madison Brown (Kirby), Alan Dale (Anders), Rafael de la Fuente (Sam),  Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon), Elaine Hendrix (Alexis), Adam Huber (Liam), Michael Michele (Dominique), Robert Christopher Riley (Culhane), Grant Show (Blake) and Sam Underwood (Adam).

To check out the livestream, go to this link here on You Tube.

Maybe we can learn some backstage secrets of those backstabbing Carringtons and their frenemies!

Will you be checking out today’s virtual Dynasty chat? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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DYNASTY Season Three Finale: A Stripper & Sammy Jo and Alexis & Jeff Bring The Heat; While Adam’s Past Comes Back To Bite Him

If you caught the last episode of Dynasty’s shortened season (due to the coronavirus TV production shutdowns) on Friday night with its season 3 finale, you were in for plenty of drama and humor as only this CW-reboot of the popular ABC sudsy original of the 80’s, can.

In story here’s what went down: riffing on the film, The Hangover, Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gilles) and her buds, try to retrace their steps after a night of indulging in too much booze and Sam (Rafael de La Fuente) being roofied by a mixologist.  All of this was to be prior to Fallon’s long-awaited wedding to Liam (Adam Huber).

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When the group ends up in a strip club, we learn that Sam got married to a stripped named “Scorpio” who turned out to be former The Young and the Restless star, Lachlan Buchanan (Ex-Kyle Abbottz).  Viewers of ABC’s Station 19 know that Buchanan is currently starring in that drama as well.

The said stripper (and new hubby to Sammy Jo), is actually named Ryan, and even though they met under very odd circumstances it turns out Ryan is quite taken and very kind to Sam.  He even puts his number in Sam’s phone, even though Sam says he is not looking for a long-term relationship, but later in the episode we see Sam pondering calling Ryan.   The on-screen chemistry between Buchanan and de La Fuente was palpable and we hope this might continue next season, if Buchanan is able and available to appear on the CW soap.

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Elsewhere, Alexis (Elaine Hendrix) and Jeff (Sam Adegoke) finally let their guards down and took their relationship to a new level hitting the sheets. Is it true love? Meanwhile, Adam (Sam Underwood) is working to continue to destroy Blake (Grant Show) and his dad’s on-going battle with the Moldavians.

But, it is Anders (Alan Dale)who has the big moments in the episode; confronting Alexis and discovering that Adam pushed her face first into a fire place, paying off a nurse for some medical files, and hopping on a plane to get to the truth of Adam’s past before he destroys his daughter, Kirby (Maddison Brown).  Things are not looking good for her either, as Adam learns from Kirby that Anders has some crazy notion that Adam pushed Alexis into the fire.  What will Adam’s next move be?

Unfortunately, as showrunner Josh Reims told TV Line, the primetime soaps was unable to film its final two episodes of its 22-season order which was to culminate in the wedding of Fallon and Liam,  Reins noted:  We’’d been building towards Fallon and Liam’s wedding from the beginning of the year, and it felt like that would have been a good end to the season, so that was a little frustrating.”

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As to Sam’s relationship with Ryan, Reims revealed their were plans to bring back Lachlan Buchanan for the last two episodes of the year noting: “We were going to bring back Ryan for Episodes 21 and 22, and we were going to explore the idea of Sam trying to have a relationship with this guy. It was going to be an interesting triangle if we were to bring back Fletcher, Sam’s married ex-boyfriend.”

So, what did you think of the season finale of Dynasty? Are you for a Sam and Ryan relationship?  Will Adam finally pay for his crimes? Comment below, but first check out the night of debauchery clip for Sammy Jo and company from Rafael de La Fuente’s Instagram account and then a clip of Buchanan’s stripping prowess on Dynasty.

 

 

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