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‘Dynasty’ Recasts and Departures Addressed By EP and CW President

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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.

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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Honestly, it’s messy that we’re on the third season and there’s already a third face portraying the role of Cristal. Admittedly, when Nathalie Kelley left, I was skeptical concerning the casting of Ana Brenda Contreras, however, the “real” Cristal was fun and refreshing, so I welcomed her. Also, nuCristal (Daniella Alonso) looks a bit too old to be replacing Contreras. If anything, she should be replacing Kelley in her version of a returning Cristal, etc. Either way, I will still be tuning in, because Dynasty is a fantastic, primetime soap opera that I’m hoping makes it to a fourth season.… Read more »

Patricia Borelli
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Patricia Borelli

Well people leave for various reasons. Hopefully this Cristal will work out..as for Alexis there are many actresses that can fill that role..too bad Nicolette had to leave. Get someone like Kim Catrell..good age and would be amazing as Alexis..the show needs a few more seasoned players to make it work to get more interest from viewers. Not that the cast is bad. But it seems Elizabeth Giles is holding this show down.

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Rodd

Too confusing to keep up with all these changes. All I really care about is how it translate to what we see on the screen. I do think that Steven was a big loss for the show and I’d rather not see Elizabeth Gilles continue to play Alexis, it’s too jarring, though I thought she did a great take on it.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

This show sounds like a train wreck.

Scoops
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Scoops

Why don’t they just get a new Cristal every season? Seriously, I’m a fan of the show and love the soapy drama but this is somewhat distressing as a viewer. Kind of hard to grow attached to a character when the actor or actress in the role has a limited shelf life. I just hope that they do right by Elizabeth Gilles. She truly is the breakout of this show and the one to watch. Also, can we do better by way of the writing? Loved that they paid homage to the original with the horse being spooked this resulting… Read more »

Liz Gomez
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Liz Gomez

I would of LOVED to see Heather Locklear play Alexis since she was on the original.
HEAR THAT DYNASTY WRITERS!!!!
Love the reboot and lookin’ forward to season 3!

Scoops
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Scoops

Would’ve loved that as well!

Yolanda Arias-Arenas
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Yolanda Arias-Arenas

They should bring back the original Crystal and Nicolette Sheridan or put Heather Locklear in.

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General Hospital and Dynasty Star, Emma Samms Shares Her Battle With “Long Covid”

While General Hospital fans have been curious to find out just what is the true fate of Holly Sutton who is believed to have died, sending Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) on a mission to find out just what had happened to her, Sutton’s portrayer, Emma Samms has been going through her own difficult time since testing positive for the coronavirus back in March in the U.K.

Samms was never hospitalized for her symptoms related to the virus, but according to a report and interview with The Times, she has been suffering from long bouts of tremendous fatigue, where even small tasks like talking on the phone or doing gardening have become difficult for her.

Emma revealed, “This panic-inducing level of fatigue has been less startling and immensely compromising … and it fluctuates. I improve slightly, have a couple of good days, and assume I am on the road to recovery, only to go right back to feeling horrendous.”

The popular actress has a condition currently called “Long Covid”.  However, researchers and doctors  who are working closely on COVID-19 are still unsure why certain people have been unable to recover, nor how to treat the condition, which mimics Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The actress who first became soap famous for GH, later appeared on the original ABC version of Dynasty as Fallon Carrington.

Send your thoughts and well-wishes to Emma during this difficult time, as we know many General Hospital fans would love to see her back on the ABC daytime drama series as a very much alive, Holly.  Comment below.

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How B&B & ‘Dynasty’ Showrunners Are Being Creative To Keep Sex & Intimacy Alive In The Soap Genre Amidst COVID-19

In one of the more entertaining but true titles of an article in the New York Times, “How to Shoot a Sex Scene in a Pandemic: Cue the Mannequins” several series executive producers and showrunners participated and related how they are coming up with ways to exist in a COVID-19 world, but need to keep the love stories, and intimate moments still look alluring for its viewership, especially those bonafide soaps.

At the forefront remains The Bold and the Beautiful and its executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell.  BOLD has returned to making new episodes and as noted today, will be airing all-new episodes come July 20th.

In the NY Times piece, Bell shared on making the love scenes work:  “At first, we took out the love scenes, and the show was falling a little flat because we’re all about romance and family interactions. One of the first ideas we had was to bring in mannequins for the intimate scenes and hospital scenes, and it’s working quite well — we’re shooting it from a great distance or in a way you can’t see the form is inanimate.”

When asked how his cast is handling the transition to lifeless stand-ins, he shared.  “We’ve had a lot of strange looks and questions like, Do you really want to do this? But everyone is game. They are getting their first latex kiss.”

Another soap, CW’s Dynasty, who had to wrap its 3rd season much earlier than they had hoped, without the wedding of Fallon and Liam due to COVID-19, is figuring out how their over-the-top sexy sudsy show might look when it returns.

Showrunner, Josh Reims shared with the Times: “Phone sex has certainly come up a lot. I was looking through the first episode written before all this, and basically removed everything that said, ‘And then they kiss.’”

Reims noted: “The joke among the writers is that we will watch two characters say they want to have sex and then cut to them saying, ‘That was some great sex.’”

It is Reims true hople that when Dynasty returns next spring in 2021, that the effects of COVID-19 will not be felt or will have at least subsided, adding “No one is watching ‘Dynasty’ to be reminded of a pandemic.”

So, looks like soaps are leading the charge to get you back to enjoying love in the afternoon or the evening? Comment below.

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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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