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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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‘This Is Us’ Stars Justin Hartley and Sterling K. Brown, ‘Dynasty’s’ Adam Huber Receive Teen Choice Award Nominations For Drama Actor TV Series

The Teen Choice Award nominations were revealed on Wednesday as to who will be tops among the young people voting in the major categories of drama, comedy, reality and more in the television categories.

The awards will be handed out on Fox live from Hermosa Beach, California on Sunday night, August 11th.

This Is Us‘ Justin Hartley (Kevin Pearson and ex-Adam, Y&R) was nominated along with his TV brother, Sterling K. Brown ((Randall Pearson) in the Choice Drama Actor in a TV Series category.  Nominated with Hartley and Brown were Dynasty favorite Adam Huber (Liam); along with Cole Sprouse, Riverdale as well as K.J. Apa from Riverdale and Oliver Stark, 9-1-1.

In the Choice Drama category, voters will chose from Good Trouble, Marvel’s Runaways, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, Riverdale, Star, and The Resident.

Fans can vote for their favorites now at TeenChoice.VoteNow.tv or on Twitter.

For the complete list of nominations check them out here.

So who are you rooting for to win in the Choice Drama Actor in a TV series? Comment below.

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Josh Reims Is ‘Dynasty’s’ New Showrunner

Some changes behind the scenes for CW’s Dynasty as it enters its upcoming 3rd season.

According to Deadline. Sallie Patrick, who developed the reboot of the primetime soap with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, has stepped down as the series showrunner.

In her place will be Josh Reims, who joined Dynasty as co-executive producer at the start of season 2.

Reims, has major primetime soap cred.  He served as executive producer on ABC’s Mistresses and Dirty Sexy Money and as consulting producer on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and the CW’s Jane the Virgin.

Patrick, will remain an EP of Dynasty, but will now focus on development for CBS Studios.  She posted a message on her Instagram about moving on, noting: “While I’m excited to move on to my next challenge, it’s of course hard to part with a world I put so much love into, from first pitch to this 44th ep, but I’m so pleased with the team carrying it forward.”

So, what do you think about Josh Reims being named the new showrunner for Dynasty season three? Comment below

 

 

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‘Dynasty’ Season Two Finale: Double-Cross Upon Double-Cross; Two Bodies Dredged From The Water, Another Goes Into The Pool

On Friday night’s CW Dynasty season two finale, in true “soap opera on steroid” fashion; you needed a scorecard to check who was zoomin’ who! There was plenty of backstabbing, murderous intent, deceit and more, culminating in the re-wedding of Blake (Grant Show) and Cristal (Ana Brenda Contreras) with the lake and a pool set as a major backdrop on how viewers will be left wanting to know the outcome in this juicy cliffhanger.  But alas, folks! You will have to wait for the series upcoming third season to get all the answers.

And we just got to say, Elizabeth Gilles (Fallon) is a gem and the show would not be the same without her, but here’s how things were left for the Carringtons and company as we fade to black on the climatic final moments.

Sicko bad boy, Adam (Sam Underwood) has serious anger management issues.  When Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke) learns the news that he has neurological disease, caused by the poison he ingested thanks to Adam, and that he will die, he puts a plan in motion.  He stages his own death. We believe Adam killed him, but in actuality it is revealed he was in cahoots with Dominique (Michael Michele).  After we see the flashback (as Jeff is heading to the Bahamas with the secret that he is dying), he knows they have Adam’s cuff-link planted at the scene of the crime that will do him in.  He says goodbye to his mother and sister and boards a plane.  But then, Dominique shows us that she went back and grabbed Adam’s cuff-link and is in cahoots with Blake.  She threw her own son under the bus!

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Liam (Adam Huber) and Fallon have gotten oh-so-close, but not before Adam plants a letter on Fallon’s desk that Liam fathered a child … and later Fallon comes clean that during a drunken high school binge with a friend, the two got in an argument and the girl fell down a flight of stairs and the family covered it up.  Adam overheard the whole thing.  Next, Liam and Fallon go to the water in a row boat where Fallon proposes to him, with a valuable family ring from Liam’s family.  After Liam accepts the proposal, they make-out and the ring drops into the water.  Later, when Liam confronts Adam about the letter he knows he left for Fallon; Adam clubs Liam in the head and locks him up just outside the pool at the mansion.  Liam was about to expose Adam for all his lies and crimes.

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Later, a shocked Fallon sees that her father and Cristal are getting re-married and their counter attack on Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley) has worked.  Culhane is being arrested by the feds.  Fallon sold her company to Kirby (Maddison Brown) for $1 dollar to help reunite with her father in business, but since her father double-crossed her, she tells Kirby she wants her business back.  Kirby says she is not selling it back, because she tried to get Culhane to break up with her. Then, Blake demands Anders (Alan Dale) marry him and Cristal now, but Anders refuses.  He already made a deal with Sammy Jo (Rafael de La Fuente) to help run the hotel and is leaving Blake’s employ following his recent hospital stay and health scare.

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All of a sudden, the divers who Adam hired to locate the MIA engagement ring, find two bodies in the water. Blake mutters that he knows who one of them is. Adam flashes back to a scene with Steven (James MacKay), where Steven tells him how the young girl’s death was covered up.  And yup, it was revealed that one of the bodies was the young girl that Fallon got into the drunken altercation with all those years ago.  The second boy has not been ID’d yet.  This is juxtaposed with Liam, who has made it out of lock-up by the pool.  He screams “Fallon” but he is so disoriented that he eventually falls into the pool face first, and all we can assume is that he has drowned.  But, will he be rescued?  Who will the second body turn out to be that was found in the lake? And … when will Adam and Alexis (Elizabeth Gilles) put their plan into motion? When we last saw Alexis a few episodes ago, we saw that she has a brand new face, identical to that of Fallon’s!  Stay tuned.

So, what did you think of the season two finale of Dynasty? Comment below!

 

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