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DYNASTY Confirms Cristal Swap With A Twist; Ana Brenda Contreras Joins The Cast

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So it is official.  Nathalie Kelley will not be returning to season 2 of CW’s Dynasty.  The actress revealed it herself in an interview with E! News that shocked fans of the show, but at that time there was no official comment from the show. Now we know why!

This morning at the CW’s executive session at the TCA summer press tour, it was revealed that Kelley’s exit is all part of a soapy twist!

In story, Cristal was last seen in the season finale of season one in dire circumstances… she was shot, and then trapped in fire.  Enter telenovela star, Ana Brenda Contreras who is joining the cast for season 2 as the real Cristal Flores! .

CW president Mark Pedowitz shared as to the reason for the recast: “It’s a wild soap, these are things you do on a soap.”  He said the decision to reveal a different Cristal was made last midseason.

Pedowitz also noted: “We have plans for other characters too.  (Showrunner) Sallie (Patrick) has fun twist and turns in store.”

So, what do you think of the plot twist which ushers out Cristal 2, but bring in the original Cristal 1?  Comment below.

 

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Phil

This will be interesting to watch play out! I love this show and Nathalie Kelley was amazing but I will give this girl a chance. While we are talking new characters can we bring on a. The real Adam and b. Amanda Carrington? Marci Miller (soon to be ex-Abby, Days) or Chloe Lanier (soon to be ex-Nelle, GH) would both be great choices!

Sheila
Sheila

Great ideas

Renee
Renee

NO on both counts! ugh

Sheila
Sheila

I am glad they aren’t killing off the character and this might be interesting. Can’t wait for the show to come back on and explain all of this.

Rosie
Rosie

Really? So unnecessary! Recast a main character?

Rebecca
Rebecca

So Ana Brenda Contretras is the original Cristal then why wasn’t she seen in the season 1 but season 2 rather. Anyway I love to see her here coz she’s my favorite actress in the telenovela series.

Teriann
Teriann

I really liked the Cristal played by Natalie Kelley and am not happy with the twist. I don’t think I will be watching now.

Rodd
Rodd

It’s kind of a head-jerk to me. Nathalie Kelley was great as Cristal so I don’t understand why they’re calling Anna Brend Contreras the “real” Cristal. I mean, Sami, her sister and brother-in-law; none of them ever mentioned that she looked different from the “real” Cristal. Will wait and see, I guess.

Phil
Phil

Maybe Cristal was kidnapped half way through the season and given plastic surgery so if she ever resurfaced it would be hard for her to convince others that she was Cristal and that the imposter wasn’t? Have to wait and see how it pans out!

mfarris70
mfarris70

Sounds like the show is reversing course on the character and is trying to make it seem like it was all part of the plan when it clearly was not. Treating your viewers like they’re dumb is never a good idea.

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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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CW Renews ‘Dynasty’ For Season Three

Congratulations are in order for the hard working men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes of the primetime soap opera, Dynasty.

The series was picked-up for a third season on Thursday by the CW.   The reboot of the popular ABC primetime soap of the 80’s stars: Grant Show, Alan Dale, Elizabeth Gillies, James Mackay, Sam Adegoke, Robert Christopher Riley, Rafael de la Fuente, Ana Brenda Contreras, Maddison Brown, and Nicollette Sheridan.

In the ratings the second season of Dynasty has been averaging a 0.17 rating in the 18-49 demo and 601,000 viewers.  Season two is down from season one by 12% in viewership and 7 % in the demo.  Because the CW has made streaming deals and internationally as well, it helps the series remain.

In addition to Dynasty, the CWW announced that nine other shows were renewed for the upcoming 2019-2020 season:  Arrow, Black Lightning, Charmed, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Legacies, Riverdale, Supergirl, and Supernatural.

CW president Mark Pedowitz said in a statement: “This season, we expanded our primetime schedule to six nights with the addition of Sunday — which has been an unqualified success for the network, our affiliates and our advertisers.  In addition to growing our schedule across the week, we also continue to add more year-round programming… we look forward to building on this with even more returning and new shows as we approach the May upfront.”

So excited to hear more Dynasty is on the way?  Which of the other CW shows do you enjoy as well? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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