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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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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!

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Great ideas

Renee
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Renee

NO on both counts! ugh

Sheila
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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
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Rosie

Really? So unnecessary! Recast a main character?

Rebecca
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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.

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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
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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
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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!

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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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‘That’s A Wrap’ For Dynasty’s Elizabeth Gillies & Adam Huber As They Share Farewells

The fifth and final season of CW’s Dynasty is currently playing out with the series finale to air in the early fall.

However, filming on the show wrapped this past week for series star Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) and her on-screen husband, Adam Huber (Liam).  Each of them took to their Instagrams to share heartfelt goodbyes and ‘thank you’s’ for the journey they traveled as part of the reboot of the classic ABC primetime soap opera with its own twist.

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Huber shared his thoughts, when he expressed: “That’s a wrap!! When I got the call in 2017 that I was going to be flying out to Atlanta to join the show DYNASTY for a few episodes I had no idea what it would turn into. 4 years of my life and 84 episodes later is what happened. I am beyond grateful for this show. This is the first time I’ve ever really been apart of something like this. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve cried a lot. And I’ve made friendships that will last a lifetime.

A huge thank you to anyone and everyone who was with me on this journey. Thank you to my friends and family for your non stop love and support. My manager and agents who are absolute rockstars. The crew that wakes up day after day working lonnnng hours so we can have a finished product. The writers, directors and producers for making this show the success that it is. The casting director for saying “I think I found our Liam” The entire cast for being so welcoming from the first day I stepped foot on set. The day players, extras, stand ins, all of you!!

And gigantic thank you to all the fans!!! Thank you for staying with us the whole time during this wild ride. Without you watching and binging on whatever platform you watch the show on, we would have not been able to bring you 5 seasons and 108 episodes of DYNASTY craziness. Thank you so much. From the bottom of my heart. This has been an experience I will never forget! 🖤Ps…new episode tonight!! I hope you enjoy the rest of the season! It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

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Gillies, simply brought out her inner-Fallon with her Instagram post which said, “Every day, I take one man’s dirt and turn it into diamonds. And digging up insider info is even easier when they assume you work for the airline, instead of owning the plane. Bon Voyage, Fallon 🥂”

Elizabeth’s co-stars were quick to heap praise on the talented actress/singer/director (she directed the two most recent episodes of the series). Rafael de La Fuente who plays Sammy Jo, expressed: ‘What a gift for me to get to work with you for five years. Forever a fan, forever family.”

Pop superstar, Arianna Grande, a longtime friend, and Broadway co-star with Gillies in the musical 13, posted: “Oh my.congratulations, my Liz, on completing this massive and magnificent chapter with Fallon.  she is / you are utterly spectacular. !!!!!!!!! love youuu. sm.”

You can check out their farewell posts below.

So, sad to know that Liz and Adam have wrapped their run as the fifth and final season of Dynasty is coming to a close? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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Original ‘Dynasty’ Star, Bo Hopkins, Dead at 80

Another celebrity death in the news this Memorial Day weekend. Original ABC Dynasty cast member, Bo Hopkins (Ex-Matthew Blaisdel), has passed away at 80-years-old.

The news came from Hopkins wife of 33-years, Sian, who shared his death for the first time with The Hollywood Reporter.

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From the report, Hopkins actually passed away three weeks ago on May 9th after suffering a heart attack at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys.

On Dynasty, Bo Hopkins, Linda Evans (Krystle) and Pamela Bellwood (Claudia) had one of the long-running stories, since Krystle and Matthew begun an affair after Claudia had a mental breakdown. Blake would always see Matthew as his adversary.  Hopkins played the recurring role from 1981-1987.

In addition, Hopkins had a long and accomplished motion picture and television career with notable highlights including his roles in the films: American Graffiti, The Wild Bunch, Midnight Express and White Lightning, and on television on: The Rockford Files, Barnaby JonesCharlie’s AngelsFantasy IslandThe A-TeamScarecrow and Mrs. King, and Murder, She Wrote and more.

Bo’s final film appearance would be in 2020’s in Hillbilly Elegy, directed by Ron Howard, who he worked with decades ago on American Graffiti.

Hopkins is survived by his children, Matthew and Jane.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Bo Hopkins and his family in the comment section. But first, watch Bo in ‘Dynasty’ as Matthew returns and takes the Carringtons hostage.

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The CW Cancels ‘Dynasty’; Show Will End With Current Fifth Season

As some had suspected, with ailing ratings and virtually no promotion, the CW’s reboot of Dynasty has been canceled.  The primetime soap will end at the end of its current fifth season, meaning no season six as die-hard fans and the cast and crew had hoped for.

Dynasty has been a soap on steroids, with snappy dialog, over-the-top storylines, and some wonderful performances especially from series lead, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon).  Elizabeth tweeted upon the news of the cancellation: “SO PROUD OF MY BEAUTIFUL DYNASTY FAMILY!!”

According to Deadline, the show had been kept in production partly because of the revenue it generated with its deal with Netflix.

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The cast includes: Daniella Alonso as Cristal Carrington, Elaine Hendrix as Alexis Carrington Colby, Rafael de la Fuente as Sammy Jo Jones, Sam Underwood as Adam Carrington, Michael Michele as Dominique Deveraux, Robert Christopher Riley as Michael Culhane, Sam Adegoke as Jeff Colby, Maddison Brown as Kirby Anders, Adam Huber as Liam Ridley, Eliza Bennett as Amanda Carrington and Grant Show as Blake Carrington.

CW’s Dynasty was the reboot of the classic 80’s ABC primetime version, which aired from 1981-1989, with a modern twist to several of the characters and stories.

So, sad to know there will be no more Dynasty on the CW? Do you think the show could be shopped somewhere else? Comment below.

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