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GH Alum Brianna Brown To Play Claudia Blaisdel In CW’s DYNASTY Pilot!

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Intriguing casting information from none other than former General Hospital star, Brianna Brown (Ex-Lisa Niles).

The actress revealed that she has been cast Claudia Blaisdel – the role made soap-famous by Pamela Bellwood in the 80’s.

Brown took to her Instagram account and expressed: “Thrilled to announce my next project! For those who remember the original Dynasty, I’ll be playing the iconic role of Claudia Blaisdel in this CW pilot remake. Fingers crossed it goes to series!

Brianna also recently played Taylor on Lifetime’s Devious Maids.

So, what do  you think of Brianna as Claudia?  Share your thoughts below!

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Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Poor child. Claudia was such an uninteresting character. They paired her with everyone but Fallon and she still never got legs. When they ran out of ideas they’d make her Kimberly/Melrose crazy. They often ran out of ideas.

davlestev1
davlestev1

You are hilarious but it’s so true. The character and actress were dishwater dull and back then if you didn’t record it on the VCR there was NO FF PERIOD!!

dante williams
dante williams

This is a reboot though. Who knows, maybe they are aware how paper thin boring she was and they’ve made some much needed changes to her character and her story. I’m personally reserving judgment until I’ve at least watched the first episode.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Good for her but Dynasty should had been a continuation of the original instead of a reboot…been there done that…hope it goes for her sake and all but i have fond memories of the original and wont be watching the remake!!!

dante williams
dante williams

I agree, wish they went the Dallas route of continuation, except for the telenovela they tried to turn it into and hopefully they would have someone with a strong sense of the history of the show.

Lew S.
Lew S.

I like Brianna, but I don’t know about the reboot.

Alan
Alan

Of all the characters NOT to bring back for the reboot, Matthew and Claudia Blaisdel (and daughter Lindsay) would be at the top of my list.

Sue M.
Sue M.

I liked the original Dynasty and the actors and actresses. Not interested in the new one at all!! It will never come close to the original. Because no John Collins, Linda Evans, Etc. Need I say more.

Mark Y
Mark Y

I find this reincarnation of Dynasty to be so confusing. They aren’t picking up where it left off. They aren’t going back in time to the beginning. It doesn’t make sense.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

When I faithfully watched the original “Dynasty,” I was always Team Krystle, even though I appreciated the entertainment value of the work of Joan Collins as Alexis. Further, I was also Team Claudia! As played by Pamela Bellwood, Claudia was sensitive, fragile, and dynamic — an unsung heroine of the show. I am glad this important character will be part of the reboot. I suspect that Brianna Brown will do a fine job.

Mark Y
Mark Y

I completely agree with you about Claudia. Very well said. She was always one of my favorite characters.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, Mark! Glad you liked Claudia, too. Take care, Friend!

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…I get what you’re saying here, Brother. I really do. But, remember…the original Claudia (originally played by Pamela Bellwood) was truly ONE OF A KIND!!!!! So, therefore, Brianna Brown better look like bringing her A-GAME (or whatever) to the Dynasty reboot.

Just saying……….

Later, Brother.

Bonbonn62
Bonbonn62

Aww she could have been Fallon

Jenny
Jenny

Whoa!! That Claudia chick was whacked! This one has good experience at playing a nutjob. But this “reboot” is going to tank after one season. It is not focusing in on any of the fun and frivolity of the original series. It is trying to be politically and racially diverse, dark and edgy, while using the Dynasty name and similarities. The Dallas reboot worked because it continued the narrative of the original hit and included the REAL characters.

Timmm
Timmm

She is hot! I hope they dont F up this reboot like Dallas!

Rob
Rob

Shes cute and all but have they hired one actor for this that can actually act?

Reagan
Reagan

I have no doubt in Brianna’s ability to work hard and do a good job as an actress. This reboot though – ugh! Just make a new prime time soap or do what they did with Dallas, continue it not remake it. I have no plans to watch.

dante williams
dante williams

I want to know who they are getting to play Diahann Carol’s role.

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‘Dynasty’ Reveals Its Recast For Nicollete Sheridan As Alexis Carrington In Cliffhanger Moment

Talk about a major soapy twist the reminds of some of the best and outrageous classics of the genre!  Friday’s episode of Dynasty offered up a shocker in an episode aptly titled and an oh-so clever one at that, “How Two-Faced Can You Get?”  And, as you watch the installment unfold, you think the “two-faced” in the title is about Fallon (Elizabeth Gilles) and Kirby’s (Maddison Brown) friendship when it comes to a certain man, but that was just the appetizer.

This episode served to reveal who is the replacement for Nicollette Sheridan in the key role of Alexis Carrington.  As viewers know, Sheridan announced her departure from the series to attend to personal family matters.  Dynasty fans last saw Sheridan on the March 22nd episode of the series.

SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU PLAN TO WATCH THE EPISODE BEFORE READING

In story, Adam (Sam Underwood) who is seriously psycho and hell-bent on major revenge has a face-off with his mother, Alexis (then played by Sheridan).  He confronts her and knows she fudged DNA evidence to make it look as if Hank was her true biological son.   Adam walked in on his mother burning the evidence of fake DNA test and interrupts her in the process.  After being caught, she fessed up to what she did … saying she did it all, because she was desperate to get her family back,

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Next, Adam tells her to burn the rest of the evidence, and while her back is turned and as she is kneeling in front of the fireplace, Adam pushes her face into the fire.  And that sets the stage for the reveal of the new actress set to play Alexis, since Alexis has to undergo extensive plastic surgery to heal her burns,   We also note on that episode that Adam poisoned his “other” mother with a fatal overdose of her medication, and apparently that mom was a drug addict.

Now on to the final moments of the just aired Friday episode.  We cut to a scene where in the hospital, the bandages are being removed from Alexis’ face.  And we see her exclaim how youthful she looks!  Then, Adam comes by with flowers for his mother, saying he wants to see how she looks.  When she turns around it is revealed that the part is now being played by Elizabeth Gilles who also plays Fallon!  Adam looks very happy!  How twisted!  Looks like these two plotted together to bring down the Carringtons; by changing Alexis’ face to Fallon’s? Stay tuned.

Gilles took to her Twitter account on Saturday and asked the fans, “How’d we feel about last night’s ?”

So, what do you think of  Elizabeth Gilles as the new Alexis, now that it looks like Fallon will have a doppelgänger? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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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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