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Grant Show Tapped to Play Blake Carrington In CW’s Dynasty Reboot!

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The upcoming CW Dynasty pilot reboot has found their new Blake Carrington.

The leading role and patriarch of the wealthy Carrington clan originally played by the iconic and late John Forsythe, will now be played by former soap vet Grant Show (Ryan’s Hope, Melrose Place). TV Line revealed the casting news.

In more casting updates for the pilot:  Blake’s daughter Fallon Carrington will be played by Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll‘s Elizabeth Gillies, and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal played by Vampire Diaries‘ Nathalie Kelley, who in the reboot is a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class.  Murder in the First Class star, Sam Adegoke has been cast in the role Jeff Colby.

The Dynasty reboot is being helmed by Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and Revenge producer Sallie Patrick.

So what do you think of the casting news of Grant Show as the new Blake Carrington? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Rodd
Rodd

Well, I can’t see it, but I’ ll wait until they release a cast photo. I don’t know who these other people are. Should be interesting to see how they pull it off.

JMER
JMER

Agreed, I can’t see him as Blake. John Forsyth had a very specific thing he did for Blake’s portrayal and Grant has none of that aura. No idea who the others are but I may tune in for a few minutes or least checkout a trailer to see if any of it catches my eye.

Jenny
Jenny

If this makes a full season…I will be shocked.

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

Good for him and i hope its a hit but i wont be watching…the original was great campy fun and addictive…reboots of old show rarely arent as good as the original…now if they got Emma Sams to play Alexis i might take a peek!!!

krystle
krystle

…along with Dame Joan Collins playing The mother of ‘Alexis’!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Say it ain’t so…Emma Samms as Alexis..BIG pass for me if that happens. Dallas was a good reboot but this one I agree with you Jimh maybe not such a good idea. Iconic because of the camp which I don’t think can be duplicated.

Steve
Steve

Just to clarify, “Dynasty” is a reboot (restart with different actors playing same/similar characters). The recent “Dallas” was a continuation of the original series with the original performers mixed with newcomers.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Steve…dear dear misguided Steve…IT WARE A REBOOT TOO. A continuation indeed. Off the telly for ages rebooted and rewrapped…that’s our Dallas…that’s our DINASTY AKA DYNASTY. Oh now look…you’ve brought out me English bits and all.

jaybird369
jaybird369

It just keeps getting worse and worse……….

Alan
Alan

Grant Show is an interesting choice but I’m not sold on the other actors that have been cast so far. However since it is from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, I’m keeping an open mind…

Mary SF
Mary SF

Dynasty was a child of the era that birth it— don’t think the same premise will work as well today even with the twist– and it really isn’t much of a twist— to really modernized it, I would have made the Carringtons Asia and had a black woman married into it– but as is, I guess it will come down to the writing whether this something new and fresh or basically trying to make a white version of Empire

Steve
Steve

They are modernizing the characters. Not only is Cristal (spelling changed to indicate Latina heritage), Jeff has been cast with a black actor and Sammy Joe is a Latin Gay male!

mark
mark

Lol who comes up with these dumb shows that no one watches lollololol

Harold
Harold

Hmmm. Basically just One Life to Live 1960s WASPs v. the Woleks and Carla Hall and intermarrying and all that. Agnes Nixon did this most probably better 49 years ago.

mgb357
mgb357

so why not use some of the OLTL cast..

Erika Slezak would be wonderful – maybe Jeff Colby’s mother?

and Melissa Archer would make a great – daughter that Blake/Alexis didn’t know that they had?

Sandy
Sandy

This might be interesting.

Rob
Rob

This wont last 3 episodes before its canned

mark
mark

Amen

jaybird369
jaybird369

Rob…EXACTLY!!!!! TPTB over at the CW are TOTAL IDIOTS for even trying to do a Dynasty reboot!!!!! DISASTER ALL THE WAY!!!!!

Later, dude.

Vince
Vince

This is CW. You folks are really ignorant. CW have never pulled a show in years. This would have to bomb of epic proportions for that to happen and fyi two of their new shows flopped this Fall neither got pulled.

Nicholas
Nicholas

too young for the part of blake but would have made a great matthew blaisdel !

GRANTLOVER!!
GRANTLOVER!!

Cant anyone come up with something new instead of the same old stuff rebooted.
If they spent as much time and heart in the soaps that were cancelled we wouldn’t
be waiting for rebooted crap!

Karen Trawick
Karen Trawick

Wow!!! That’s exciting! I’ll watch. We have a tendency to pigeonhole actors. We only want toners them in this role or only playing such and such character. They are actors. The project is a reboot. I like a good reboot.Look how successful Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars became. This show will feature former daytime and nighttime soap favorites so I am willing to give it a chance.

Martin Verlander
Martin Verlander

It’ll probably last longer on the Cw than any other major network….Seriously, Supernatural is in its 12th season and no one watching it will admit they watch it..

Shay
Shay

This “rebooted” Dynasty with its “reconstituted” cast sounds absolutely abysmal…and that is coming from someone who adored Grant Show on both “Ryan’s Hope” and “Melrose Place!” I’ve since enjoyed his appearances on subsequent series, as well, but this definitely won’t be one of them. I shan’t be watching!!!! (And why can’t people just leave well enough alone? The “real” Dynasty was an international smash hit…it had its time and place as a very fond footnote in television history and as thus, doesn’t require any sort of 21st century politically-correct tinkering.)

Patricio
Patricio

Can’t wait- always thought he would be a big star just bad luck .

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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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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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DYNASTY Season Three Finale: A Stripper & Sammy Jo and Alexis & Jeff Bring The Heat; While Adam’s Past Comes Back To Bite Him

If you caught the last episode of Dynasty’s shortened season (due to the coronavirus TV production shutdowns) on Friday night with its season 3 finale, you were in for plenty of drama and humor as only this CW-reboot of the popular ABC sudsy original of the 80’s, can.

In story here’s what went down: riffing on the film, The Hangover, Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gilles) and her buds, try to retrace their steps after a night of indulging in too much booze and Sam (Rafael de La Fuente) being roofied by a mixologist.  All of this was to be prior to Fallon’s long-awaited wedding to Liam (Adam Huber).

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When the group ends up in a strip club, we learn that Sam got married to a stripped named “Scorpio” who turned out to be former The Young and the Restless star, Lachlan Buchanan (Ex-Kyle Abbottz).  Viewers of ABC’s Station 19 know that Buchanan is currently starring in that drama as well.

The said stripper (and new hubby to Sammy Jo), is actually named Ryan, and even though they met under very odd circumstances it turns out Ryan is quite taken and very kind to Sam.  He even puts his number in Sam’s phone, even though Sam says he is not looking for a long-term relationship, but later in the episode we see Sam pondering calling Ryan.   The on-screen chemistry between Buchanan and de La Fuente was palpable and we hope this might continue next season, if Buchanan is able and available to appear on the CW soap.

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Elsewhere, Alexis (Elaine Hendrix) and Jeff (Sam Adegoke) finally let their guards down and took their relationship to a new level hitting the sheets. Is it true love? Meanwhile, Adam (Sam Underwood) is working to continue to destroy Blake (Grant Show) and his dad’s on-going battle with the Moldavians.

But, it is Anders (Alan Dale)who has the big moments in the episode; confronting Alexis and discovering that Adam pushed her face first into a fire place, paying off a nurse for some medical files, and hopping on a plane to get to the truth of Adam’s past before he destroys his daughter, Kirby (Maddison Brown).  Things are not looking good for her either, as Adam learns from Kirby that Anders has some crazy notion that Adam pushed Alexis into the fire.  What will Adam’s next move be?

Unfortunately, as showrunner Josh Reims told TV Line, the primetime soaps was unable to film its final two episodes of its 22-season order which was to culminate in the wedding of Fallon and Liam,  Reins noted:  We’’d been building towards Fallon and Liam’s wedding from the beginning of the year, and it felt like that would have been a good end to the season, so that was a little frustrating.”

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As to Sam’s relationship with Ryan, Reims revealed their were plans to bring back Lachlan Buchanan for the last two episodes of the year noting: “We were going to bring back Ryan for Episodes 21 and 22, and we were going to explore the idea of Sam trying to have a relationship with this guy. It was going to be an interesting triangle if we were to bring back Fletcher, Sam’s married ex-boyfriend.”

So, what did you think of the season finale of Dynasty? Are you for a Sam and Ryan relationship?  Will Adam finally pay for his crimes? Comment below, but first check out the night of debauchery clip for Sammy Jo and company from Rafael de La Fuente’s Instagram account and then a clip of Buchanan’s stripping prowess on Dynasty.

 

 

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