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Racially Diverse ‘Dynasty’ Reboot Gets Pilot Order From CW!

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The Carringtons just may be back after all, in some semblance! According to TV Line on Friday, the CW has ordered a pilot for the much discussed reboot of the primetime soap classic, Dynasty.

The new version is said to be ‘racially diverse’ from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and Revenge producer Sallie Patrick, who know a thing or two about producing soapy fare!

The project is described as “a modernized reboot that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.

The story will unravel through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington — daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington — and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class.

Good news is that Dynasty original series creators, Esther and Robert Shapiro will serve as executive producers for the reboot.

The new version of Dynasty is also promising to expose the “dark underbelly” of the 1 percent, and of “a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.”   

So, happy to know a Dynasty pilot has been greenlit? Do you think it will be intriguing without the those soapy shoulder pads and vixens of the 80’s? Comment below.

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Jenny
Jenny

Other than a few familiar character names….this sounds nothing like Dynasty and makes me wonder why they are doing it at all. Dynasty was pure campy over thr top fun. The show should pick up on the kids of the major characters…like Krystina, LB, and Fallon’s kids. Then we could have cameos by Joan Collins and all the older cast members. This sounds like a completely different concept just tacking on the Dynasty franchise name to draw viewers. These “reboots” never work unless they stay true to the original concept and characters. I dont know why every new series has to be gritty, and dark, and edgy etc. Csnt we just have a campy old fsshioned soap that we can just watch to escape for an hour or so? I will tune in…but it doesnt sound promising…and the DYNASTY sounds like it is present in name only.

Milo
Milo

Then it’s not Dynasty! Call it what you want, but it’s not Dynasty!

mark
mark

Gag

Gerry
Gerry

The timing is perfect. “Dynasty” soared as Ronald Reagan took over as the glamorous President. Now with Donald Trump moving from his gold-throned penthouse into the White House, a new version of “Dynasty” might capture the spirit of the times.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Did you just imply Trump was the new glamorous president…or was that sarcasm. I hope it was.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

People are entitled to their own opinion about Trump. Just let it go.

rebecca1
rebecca1

No can do. No one should… People have to snap out of it and realized what’s happening.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hey there, Rebecca! I’m replying to you here in response to your reply to me below in this thread. That whole ageism thing… I didn’t realize how pervasive ageism is here at this site as well as elsewhere. Respect! Empathy! Now, those are worthwhile pursuits.

BTW: Love your statement: “People have to snap out of it and realized what’s happening.” Every day brings about chaos, shock, and resulting disappointment from actions and statements of the new president. I personally don’t find fascism or racism glamorous!

Take care, Friend!

chuck
chuck

this ins’t “dynasty” i’m sorry

Mark Y
Mark Y

This is just plain silly.

James McDonald
James McDonald

They better find a major star to play “Alexis Carrington”. However, only Joan Collins could play her.

su0000
su0000

The new version is said to be ‘racially diverse’
“a modernized reboot”

ahha ya sure..
Most the soap fans do not want their daytime soaps ‘racially diverse and modernized’
The loss of the Cast that was the magic of Dynasty those once in lifetime Vixens, gone..
Bottom line; it will not be anything like the soap they once loved..
I think there will be unhappy campers..
I hope the reboot will be great and y’all will love it.. I’m going to check it out.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Thank you for the photo. How I adored Pamela Sue Martin, the true Fallon, lol! I’m in agreement with the others. The show sounds like it might be interesting … but it sounds nothing like the “Dynasty” I loved.

Patrick
Patrick

“Thank You” I was absolutely crushed when Pamela Sue Martin… chose to leave … boy … I wish she had known… what a money maker this turned.

argh! at least I have my Poseiden Adventure, the 1972 movie she starred.

I just never warmed to Emma Samms in the role. thankfully we had Sami jo… Heather Locklear to fill the void.

Alan
Alan

Schwartz and Savage are the perfect team to bring back DYNASTY but truthfully the only primetime soap I am interested in seeing revived is KNOTS LANDING.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Many pilots are green lit, but never see the light of day. Such as Dark Shadows (2004), Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Dark Man and Clerks. Sometimes it’s best to leave the past in the past. If the EPs can remain true to the original premises, with a dash of the new, I think it could work. I watched the new series Riverdale, based on the Archie comic book, and it was nothing like the comic book, from the 50s, 60s and 70s, which is ok, but Ms. Grundy as a hot teacher, having an affair with Archie Andrews??? The lesbian kiss between Betty & Veronica?? Hey, shock value is good sometimes, but it can also turn off the loyal fans of the originals series/movies.

Alan
Alan

RIVERDALE wasn’t really all that shocking to anyone familiar with comics. For the past several years, Archie Comics has become more representative of the world its readers live in. In 2010, they introduced their first gay character Kevin Keller and began integrating other real world topics into their storytelling. Among the most recent hits for the company have been AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE (Riverdale deals with a real zombie apocalypse) and THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (Sabrina with a real horror slant instead of the lighthearted angle the tv show took). While they still publish the classic Archie, the company is actively providing different variations of the characters to draw in new readers.

Lew S.
Lew S.

I am definitely going to give Riverdale a try.

Damien
Damien

Of these 80s soaps, I think Knots Landing, is the only one that could work as a reboot.

toscanti
toscanti

I’m not a fan of remakes. The Dallas reboot was good because it picked up where the original left off. If Larry Hagman had not passed away, it may still be on. Utilizing original actors to portray original characters was an asset. No one can play “Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter” but the wonderful Joan Collins. I’m all for diversity, in fact it makes television more true to life but create new shows rather than rewriting the history of classics. JMHO

jaybird369
jaybird369

As far as I’m concerned, this has DISASTER written all over it……….

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

I agree with you, Brother!

As a huge fan of Dynasty — I watched every episode — this version sounds disappointing and contrived. With regard to racial diversity, Diahann Carroll starred as Dominique Devereaux, Blake Carrington’s long-lost half-sister. So, for a short while anyway, there was racial diversity in the original cast.

Charday
Charday

This sounds awful. I’d like to see a reboot of FALCON CREST. I still miss the DALLAS reboot.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

They should name it ‘Dentistry.’ It sounds as exciting as a root canal!

jaybird369
jaybird369

lol

John Walden
John Walden

As a HUGE Dynasty fan, I know that I will NOT be watching this. It doesn’t even sound like Dynasty except in name only. If they wanted to reboot the series, why not a next generation Dynasty, with L.B. Colby and Danny Carrington taking center stage, and original cast members making appearances? If they wanted to add diverse characters, then give L.B. or Danny a Hispanic or black girlfriend, but LEAVE THE ORIGINAL CHARACTERS THE WAY THEY WERE CREATED!!! I’m stunned that the Shapiros are on board with this. they must be desperate for money!

Y2Jin99
Y2Jin99

Boo Hoo Cry us a river.

Y2Jin99
Y2Jin99

Wish the old time viewers would stop their crying about its not Dynasty.

IT SAID REBOOT aka re-imagining!

Half the cast is dead or near in diapers.

I swear some viewers are so pathetic.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

I respect your opinion, Y2Jin99, but I object to your crass statement “dead or near in diapers.” My father is currently in the population you denigrate. If we live long enough, we may reach that state: you and I as well… Ageism is NOT a good look…

Viewers of the original Dynasty series have a right to be protective of the legacy of that terrific show.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Couldn’t agree more, Jamesj75. Ageism is a constant on this thread…it’s just juvenile and insensitive. These “types” of people never grow up, no matter how OLD they get. I guess that’s one way of hanging on to youth….

rebecca1
rebecca1

Correction. Not on this thread…on this site. Many critiques of what people of a certain age should wear, how they should act, etc. And let’s not forget our house expert on what age the writers and actors should be.

if it’s not race, it’s religion. if it’s not religion, it’s age. Gotta love humanity! 🙂

John Gordon
John Gordon

Really, I agree with James – everyone gets older, I’m getting older too and it’s not polite to phrase it as “now in diapers” (no I’m not THAT old but still) – we’re ALL getting older – I don’t expect to see Linda Evans and Joan Collins battling it out still – it could be interesting nevertheless.

Alan
Alan

You may say that older fans should stop crying about the reboot but you need to bear in mind that it is those very fans that the new show is hoping to bring on board to build a viewing base thanks to their love of and nostalgia for the original. If the producers weren’t hoping to appeal to that fan base they would just create a new show from scratch and and not use the name to garner interest from those older fans.

Yes, it’s a reboot and yes, fans have to realize that reboots are not cookie cutter imitations of the original source material but at the same time the producers need to realize that when a series has such a loyal following any tampering they do with the original concept is going to be met with a great deal of scrutiny and criticism.

Carole
Carole

What a joke!
This isn’t Dynasty it’s really going to flop it may as well be called something else they should pick the story years on without Joan Linda and the other stars forgot it Cw

Rodd
Rodd

I’ll tune in and see. If it doesn’t capture my attention from the first, it will be the last time I watch it. Good luck! I’d like to see a real “reboot”.

Richard
Richard

BRING ON DOMINIQUE DEVERAUX!!!!!!

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

EXACTLY!!! Shouldn’t she have been the focal point of this DIVERSITY??? She’s an original to the show! Why not focus on HER family? This is all very suspect! It’s like they’re purposely trying to imply that Dominique Deveroux didn’t exist and NOW this is the time for Dynasty to be diverse!

Anne
Anne

I am waiting to the entire cast.

Shay
Shay

Been there, done that with the real Dynasty back in the day….it was fabulous just as it was and cannot be improved upon with pointless attempts at updates or modern revisionism….so why even bother?????

Timmm
Timmm

I’m with you Shayster. Hollywood tries to wring every drop of money out of old shows to make new money. Racially diverse? Okay, fine, but dont F with the core families and make it unnoticeable! Did you see on Netflix they rebooted “One Day at a Time?” It is NOTHING like the classic and it triple sucks! MAGA!

penny
penny

I’m intrigued. I hope it get’s picked up.

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

Why is this version of a “Dynasty Reboot” being hailed for diversity, but it’s not focusing on Dominique Deveroux’s family? Wouldn’t that be the OBVIOUS and RESPECTFUL way to be diverse in 2017? Dominique was Blake’s sister! Why not focus on the DIVERSITY of that? Why not respect that history???

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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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