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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.

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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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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

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. This is an ensemble cast and that’s what it should continue to be about. I’m looking forward to seeing what Josh Reims does with the series, as well.

Patricia Borelli
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.

Rodd
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
Barbara from Atlanta

This show sounds like a train wreck.

Scoops
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 in a miscarriage. Mine the source material for more instances where homage is paid to what actually made Dynasty a hit.

Liz Gomez
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
Scoops

Would’ve loved that as well!

Yolanda Arias-Arenas
Yolanda Arias-Arenas

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

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TONIGHT: ‘Dynasty’ Thanksgiving Episode On Tap

It’s Turkey day the Carrington way on an all-new episode of CW’s Dynasty tonight entitled “Shoot From The Hip”.

On the Friday, November 22nd episode, Blake (Grant Show) preps the Carrington Clan on what could be his last Thanksgiving,  That begins with a request that Adam (Sam Underwood) and Cristal (Daniella Alonso) put an end to their constant bickering.  See promo below on how that looks to be working out!

Meanwhile, Fallon (Liz Gillies) continues to focus on her new project and Liam (Adam Huber) has a chance encounter with an old friend. Then, Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley) pushes Dominique (Michael Michele) to disclose important information, while Dominique continues pushing Monica (guest star Wakeema Hollis) to work with her new singer Vanessa (guest star Jade Payton). In hotel drama, Sammy (Rafael De La Fuente) and Anders (Alan Dale) get outside assistance.

Season 3 of Dynasty is noted to be full of the shocking twists and turns you’ve come to expect from the reboot of the 1980’s ABC primetime soap opera.

Are you enjoying this season of Dynasty thus far? Comment below.

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DYNASTY Surprise Musical Episode On Tap Tonight

CW’s Dynasty is giving viewers the unexpected once again, but this time with a musical episode,  and it all happens tonight on the Friday, November 1st episode of the sudsy reboot (9pmEST/8pmCST).

In a special episode, hear a very different side of the Carrington family as Blake (Grant Show) is feeling back on top of the world. He and Cristal (Daniella Alonso) surprise Adam (Sam Underwood) with some news that doesn’t sit well so Adam attempts to sabotage their plans.

Meanwhile, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) refuses to give up on convincing Liam (Adam Huber) that she is his soulmate and manipulates Sam (Rafael De La Fuente) into doing her bidding. Dominique (Michael Michele) tries to reconcile with Jeff (Sam Adegoke) who makes a high stakes demand of his mother. and Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley) brings a business opportunity to Anders (Alan Dale).

TV Line released an exclusive clip from the musical episode featuring Elizabeth Gilles (Fallon) and Rafael de La Fuente (Sammy Jo) performing a duet to the Supremes classic, “You Can’t Hurry Love”.  Is Fallon losing her grip in reality as she tries to convince her amnesiac fiancé, Liam that she is the only woman for her?

Be on the lookout for many characters to get into the singing act as this next arc of the Carrington story plays out.

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Dynasty Casts A New Alexis Carrington

We have come to expect the unexpected from CW’s soap, Dynasty, especially in the casting department.  There have already been three Cristal’s since the show debuted, and now it appears a third Alexis Carrington.

When we last left off, Nicollette Sheridan (Knots Landing and Desperate Housewives) bowed out of the reboot as Alexis; the role originally played on the ABC version by Joan Collins.  When Sheridan last appeared as troublemaker Alexis she had her face burned in the fireplace thanks to Adam (Sam Underwood)! After plastic surgery, it was revealed that she looked just like Elizabeth Gilles, who plays Fallon, thus setting up what we thought would be dual role for the talented Gilles.

However, it looks like their has been a change of plans with the casting news today via Deadline, that actress Elaine Hendrix is now set to play the pivotal role on the series.

Hendrix is known from her work in The Parent Trap, and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.  Elaine will also be seen on-screen in the upcoming feature The Country Club, plus Spectrum Originals mystery series Paradise Lost, and the upcoming feature  Adopt A Highway.

Details on how the soap will explain the new look Alexis and what she has been up to are being kept under wraps, but apparently she is back in Atlanta (where the story and show takes place) with some serious scores to settle.

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So, what do you think of the casting of Hendrix as Alexis? Were you hoping Gilles would pull double duty, or is Hendrix’s Alexis a faux one? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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