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TONIGHT: CW’S Dynasty Makes Its Debut: Will The Reboot Find Success?


Soap fans get another sudsy offering with the premiere of CW’s re-imagined version of the classic 80’s primetime series, Dynasty when it bows Wednesday night at 9PMEST/8PMCST.

It’s been 28 years since viewers last saw the filthy rich Carrington clan and their lovers, rivals, and familial dynamics. Now in the 2017 version, it’s soap vet Grant Show (Ryan’s Hope, Melrose Place), who takes on the role of Blake Carrington played by the legendary John Forsythe. And yes, there are Blake’s snotty kids; Fallon and Steven, as part of the major plots.

Now in the series, the Carringtons are no longer oil tycoons in Denver, but instead reside in Atlanta with a global energy empire.  While the original version of Dynasty was all Waspy and white, the reboot features much diversity.  In fact, the rival Colbys are African-American and Blake’s love, Cristal is a powerful Latina businesswoman, while the original character, Krystal, played by Linda Evans, was Blake’s white secretary in the 80’s version.

Look for Rafael de la Fuente to shake up the canvas as the male version of Heather Locklear’s original portrayal of Sammy Jo, who is also Steven’s lover this time out.  Paramount to the new version is that Steven’s homosexuality is accepted, unlike the original Dynasty where Steven’s biggest issues with his father were primarily a result of him being gay.

And yes, there are catfights, high fashion, and soapy staples along the way, but will this reboot find its way into the consciousness of the audience in 2017?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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I like the original dynasty many years ago, And all the good memorable characters. Not interested in the recital will not be watching.Should leave well enough alone.

Not interested in the reboot

Cancelled after half a season. You can’t change a classic that much and expect success!

For this to succeed, they need to rope in diehard fans of the original “Dynasty”, much like TNT did with the “Dallas” reboot. They brought back some key characters played by the original actors (Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, and Patrick Duffy). They continued their stories and focused on their grown-up offspring as well. Larry Hagman’s untimely death is a main reason it was cancelled after the third season. Yes, John Forsythe is gone, but Joan Collins, John James, Heather Locklear, and others are around and would likely do it. Little Blake, Danny, Krystina, etc are offspring characters that could now be focused on. I don’t think this formula is going to work, but stranger things have happened.

They are NOT going in that direction, and that’s why this will fail. They are basically just using and bastardizing the name Dynasty and some character names.

Exactly, Jovin! Spicing up the ingredients of the massively successful “original recipe” Dynasty is an epic disaster waiting to happen, no matter how much certain public “tastes” have changed since the fabulously frothy ’80’s! It’s time for the drama “cooks” to get back into the kitchen and whip up something more innovative and creative if they wish to tell a story with such a contemporary point-of-view. Forget already about attempting to change this beloved classic soap’s initial premise with all sorts of modern-day revisions. “Using and b@$+@#&ing” says it all!

I agree with Joel. Growing up in the 60 ‘s with nine brothers one sister and two working parents who foolishly relied on the older brothers to watch the younger kids lol. .they were so stupid and mean sometimes you couldn’t help laughing at their idiocy directed right at you. But I digress. Back then tv was the ultimate babysitter. By the time Dynasty debuted I was excited for one reason only as well as my friends. LINDA EVANS. AUDREY “FLAMING” BARKLEY from The Big Valley was back on tv. We had no idea hurricane Joan Collins was even on the radar. And fell over the balcony when we quickly sussed Steven Carrington true character. THAT fricking hot THAT type of character in primetime. Cruising was in theatres Making Love was on the way TO theatres and Rocky Horror at midnight WAS theatre. So much attributed to Dynasty being Dynasty back then. You can’t replicate that thrill and it should have been left alone or put in better hands. This isn’t DYNASTY it’s TRAVESTY. And that’s what it should have been called.

Oops meant AUDRA she was kidnapped so much I misspelled her name.

I was sitting there saying at least give me some cymbals horns violins and a dramatic theme song and ended up like Charlie Brown this poetically close to Halloween. .a knock off Empire type theme music over opening scenes. .YEAH. .I got bubblegum I got a chocolate bar. .I GOT A ROCK! !

Im all for diversity and all but the acting looks horrible…might have been better to name in something else instead of trying to cash in on an old hit or been about the next generation…i dont see this lasting.

I never heard of Dynasty.
But– I will tun in for look-see

After reading this, I’m not excited..

Episode: I Hardly Recognized You
S01, E01
Fallon expects to become the new COO of her father Blake’s energy empire, but that job is given to Cristal, her future stepmother; Fallon seeks revenge by sidling up to a rival; When Cristal’s nephew arrives, her secret past threatens her future.

And— it is playing against my Wednesday favorites;
-Designated Survivor
-Mr Robot

So, Dynasty is airing in a Wednesday kill zone ..

su…It seems a series only has it’s one time and place…the original… and rebooted years later doesn’t have the same magic. For me, I’m not impressed with the new StarTrek for instance. And I hope Twin Peaks can live up to the original…but we will see. Part of it is the stories, the other big part are the characters and actors who bring them to life like Larry Hagman/JR and Joan Collins. And even in the soap genre, Susan Lucci/Erica, Victor, Helena.

And I know what you mean about Wednesdays…I follow Blacklist, even though I liked the first few seasons better, and catch Designated Survivor as rerun on another day. In my market it’s followed by House of Cards.

I have to admit, it wasn’t bad. I grew up on the original and clearly that cannot be matched (for many reasons) but big fun so far. Big time score for diversity with a capital D! It is on Wednesdays so no way i’ll remember it’s on so DVR/TIVO and catch it on weekends until it’s cancelled. But between this show and few other reboots I’m starting to reverse my age too!! 🙂

This will fail faster than that idiotic “No Tomorrow” show that CW had on last year.

I guess if Dallas worked, this might. I watched five minutes of it and it was horrible!

Dallas worked because they had most of the principal characters from the original series involved. But of course, JR was still central to the show, so when Larry Hagman died, the whole thing fell apart fast and they limped through the last season.

all I want is a re-imagined ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Thank you for your reply Mr. Fairman. By the way, I am quite impressed with your singing talents. You are very good !

A continuation of OLTL would be better with a focus on the next generation of Lords, Cramers and Buchanans. Could any actress do better than Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser or Judith Light?

Viki and Dorian could make appearances, but Starr, CJ and Matthew could drive story.

Die-hard fans of ONE LIFE TO LIVE and All My children have NOT given up – the remnants of these two shows ought to be combined into a new Online soap – I realize that it didn’t work after Prospect Park legal entanglements with ABC-TV but remember, ABC now maintains the rights to the shows / characters and there is talk of finding an On-line partner for a re-launch so never say never – I don’t think they will come back as ABC-TV afternoon presentations, no, I think those days have come and gone – but I do think it’s not impossible that the shows could see new a new Life to Live On-line.
STRANGER things have happened.

OMG!!! i am right there with you michael – i loved oltl and watched it from day one to cancellation and also watched the reboot online!!

One Life would be the Prime Time version and like This Is Us would focus on several couples and The Buchanan family…cut the cast in half which should be easy since most move on and done in one hour weekly episodes instead of daily…more like a prime time soap…i think if PP had done their reboot this way it might had worked!!!

What makes a soap great is the actors, they are the characters the show..
They are who the fans love and tune into be with..
The OLTL cast is gone, it can not be recreated with other actors..

Yea, many are still alive but retired or into other careers..
Not enough of a couple to be as it once was.

Chances are it would fail.

Amen Brian. Sign me up for our beloved One Life to Live!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So from this article and really most shows from the US in geneeral, it seems to be a crime and no no to have a predominately white cast. Why there was such a need to make Krystal Hispanic and The Colbys black is beyond me. But it is paired well with Riverdale who also changed the ethnicities of a whole lot of The Archies characters. I was a big fan of the original Dynasty and its stars, but I wont be watching this.

This has SUCH big shoes to fill it hardly seems fair to try. I watched the first episode and will continue to do so, but expect it to be cancelled soon. There were a number of familiar scenes or portions thereof from the original, a lot of likeable actors, and yet a sense of disappointment. It just wasn’t all it should have been knowing what they had to live up to. I’m hoping it gets better with time. Must say that the best lines came from the butler. What a hoot!

0k, I watched..
I thought ”oh goodie a soap” so I gave it try.
Honest, it was horrible.
I wanted to FF but couldn’t and was waiting for it to be over..
I didn’t click out giving it a chance..


I’ll put it like this: The ORIGINAL Dynasty pilot (from back in the day) was WAY BETTER…UNLIKE what I watched/witnessed last night!!!!! Bottom Line Here: I give this so-called reboot MAYBE a full season…or less.


Last night, I watched the original Dynasty pilot and was struck by how well the characters were established from the get go. The lightness Pamela Sue Martin imbued in Fallon was much more convincing than the flouncing Elizabeth Gilles gave us. John Forsythe gave us many believable layers to Blake; Grant Show just phoned it in, and he’s at an age where his looks will no longer carry the plot.

Kit…oh, I AGREE with everything that you’re saying here. And, in general, I found last night’s premiere episode to be THE ABSOLUTE PITS!!!!! Yuck.

Take care, Kit.

I taped it. Not the least bit entertaining. Aaron Spelling must be turning over in his resting place. No offense to any of the actors involved but I think it wont get a full season.

I watched it and Blake is a A–hole, and I am so surprised the Shapiros is a part of this (original, I think, creators of the show). Love the girl who is playing Fallon. the guy who is play Sammy Jo & the son. Ain’t feelin’ Blake or Chrystal, they need to ride in a Motor home so that they can get it on when they feel like..ugh!

As one of the most ardent fans of the original Dynasty, it would be easy for me to dismiss this reboot without even seeing it, as nothing could measure up to the original. From the original show, Krystle — this is the correct spelling of that character’s name — was my favorite character because she was inherently good, but she wasn’t a pushover. Her character was the moral center surrounded by evil and greed. She kept me enthralled. Linda Evans exuded beauty, charm, and altruism.

I was prepared to hate the new show. I will go against the grain of most of my fellow posters and say that, much to my surprise, I found much to enjoy. And the new “Cristal” was again key to my enjoyment. I like that the writers had Cristal and Steven become instant friends, as in the original. However, the premier episode hints at incriminating secrets in Cristal’s past: I am hoping that the writers make Cristal a true heroine that Linda Evans’ Krystle was…

But here are some promising signs (as I see them) in the new Dynasty:

1. The history, storylines, and characters of the original show are honored.
2. Even the opening sequence of the new show, including the graphics, is a nod to the original.
3. The camp of the original show is increased exponentially. Who thought that was possible?!
4. The opulence, sexual situations, and shock values are heightened.
5. Sammy Joe continues to be a scene-stealer — and flat-out stealer!
6. A younger, more virile Blake should authenticate any future catfights over him.
7. The diversity of the new cast is refreshing, although I’m half-expecting Alexis to be Asian… and Dominique Devereaux to be white!

Only time will tell if this new series can deliver, but I see some good signs, and I’m willing to give it a chance. Besides, if it means that Jamesj75 might host a Dynasty party, as he did in the 1980s, it could be a fun ride, with or without a handsome, highly paid chauffeur…

At some point they will need to introduce Alexis – I think Eva Longoria would be great or maybe even Heather Locklear if they want to link to the original and get some of that audience. Come to think of it, Vanessa Williams would also be great!

remember in the original dynasty alexis did not show up until the last episode of the first season …………………………

The actor who originated the role of Adam is disgusted said it is nothing but trash had no similarities to the Dynasty he was in . I am waiting on Joan Collins and Linda Evans comments .

I was a dedicated Dynasty fan in the 80s. I was unimpressed by what I saw Wednesday. All the characters seemed just plain mean. Fallon was always willful, selfish and spoiled. This character came across as mean. Blake, Krystle and Steven were never mean. That honor went to Alexis. Here I felt all of them are just cynical, mean spirited flakes.

The Dallas reboot worked because it was a continuation of the original. Here, they are trying to reinvent the wheel.

i am all for diversity BUT if they wanted to have african american actors why not bring on an actress of color to portray dominique (blake’s sister) and her daughter instead of making jeff colby african american…… also crystal now has a nephew named sammy jo….there is so much more that does not fly with me – this is not a dynasty reboot – just a primetime soap that will not make it thru the first season…………..jmo


Elizabeth Gillies First Post-‘Dynasty’ Role Revealed; GH Alum Bryan Craig Also In Cast

Now that the CW’s Dynasty has come to its conclusion after five seasons, many have wondered what series star Elizabeth Gillies (ex-Fallon) will be seen in next.  Part of the answer was revealed today in casting news via Deadline.

Gillies will star and is the co-executive producer of a new Tubi film called Spread.  In it, Liz will take on the role of  ambitious and aspiring journalist, who lands a temp job at an adult magazine run by an aging industry king played by Harvey Keitel.  The character must reconcile her idealism as she strives to help the company succeed.

Spread is written by Buffy Charlet, who is another of the films Co-EP’s, and is inspired by Charlet’s real-life experience as a temp at Hustler magazine who rose in the ranks to become an editor.

The film also stars two-time Daytime Emmy winner Bryan Craig (ex-General Hospital, Good Trouble).

Look for Spread to drop on Tubi in 2023.

So, intrigued to see Liz and Bryan in Tubi’s new film, ‘Spread’? Comment below.

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DYNASTY Series Finale: A ‘False Face’ Revealed!

After five seasons, the final episode of CW’s Dynasty came to its conclusion on Friday night, but not before it delivered another soapy trope – a use of a prosthetic mask (sound familiar Days of our Lives fans?) to hide someone’s true identify.

Here’s what went down: After majordomo Graham (Dan Amboyer) had kidnapped Adam (Sam Underwood), in a shocker, Graham peels off his face! Yup, it was a prosthetic mask and reveals himself to be none other than Steven Carrington (James Mackay)!

After being kept away by Adam for years (he had hidden Steven in a sanitarium and then the place burned down), Steven finally figured out it was Adam who was pulling the strings of his disappearance. Next, came an all-out brawl; where instead of an opportunity to inject Adam with a syringe of some sort of concoction as payback, he almost killed his scheming half-brother. However, Steven didn’t want be a murderer, so he let Adam live to see another day, but told Adam to exile himself from the Carringtons and never return.

With that, and now masked again, Graham meets up with Sam (Rafael de La Fuente) at the hotel bar, where he eventually pulls off his mask to reveal himself as Steven. Kudos to de La Fuente in those scenes who gave us all the feels as Sam is reunited with the man he loves.

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Still in another heart-tugger, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) comes upon a man sitting at the piano at the Carringtons, and when he turns around, she sees its her brother, Steven.  The two, in typical CW Dynasty-style, break into song.  It was touchingly played by series star, Gillies along with Mackay. Elsewhere, Alexis and Blake (Grant Show) are trouncing through a horrific storm trying to find Dex. Ultimately, Alexis (Elaine Hendrix) and Dex (Pej Vahdat) reunite, and when a softened Blake returns home, he and Crystal (Daniella Alonso) vow to stay together and cement it with a kiss.

In addition, Amanda (Eliza Bennett) gets a job offer to return to London from her ex-lover, which puts her relationship with Kirby (Maddison Brown) in question.  Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley) told Sam that he’ll be moving to LA and selling his part of the hotel business they have together before he marries Nina.  Sam doesn’t take that news well and tries to ensure no one else will take Culhane’s half of their business partnership, because he likes working with him so much.  Meanwhile, the surrogate, Stacey Moore (Samantha Massell), delivers Fallon and Liam’s (Adam Huber) baby and they welcome their little girl to the dysfunction of the Carrington clan.


We are onto the final moments via a six-month time jump and the trajectory of the Carringtons and their extended family become known. Sam presides over Culhane’s wedding to Nina (Felisha Terrell), Liam has written children’s books after his baby girl, while Jeff (Sam Adegoke) is setting up ColbyCo’s new headquarters in Africa, specifically, Nigeria. Fallon had decided to rebrand her company Carrington United, much to the delight of her father.  Dominique (Michael Michele) and Alexis are both opening stores right across from each other on Bleecker Street in Manhattan, and it looks as if they will continue their ongoing catfights in the Big Apple. Kirby decides to move to London to be with Amanda.


And … in the ‘payback is a bitch’ column, we see Adam with an English accent working as a veterinarian … taking care of cats! The final moment of the series features a snapshot of the Carringtons during a family photo gathering.

So, what did you think of the season finale of ‘Dynasty’? Let us know in the comment section below. But, first watch a BTS moment with James Mackay and Liz Gillies singing a familiar tune on her Instagram, posted after last night’s finale aired.


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TONIGHT: ‘Dynasty’ Concludes With Its Series Finale

After five seasons, CW’s reboot of ABC’s 80’s primetime soap, Dynasty, will airs its final episode tonight on Friday, September 16th (9pm ET/8pm CT).

Before its goes off the air, in story, look for: a new majordomo beginning to work at the manor who piques the interest of the Carringtons, while Blake (Grant Show) and Cristal (Daniella Alonso) disagree on how to handle recent events at PPA, causing more strain between the two. The unlikely duo of Blake and Alexis (Elaine Hendrix) go on a search and rescue mission.

Elsewhere, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) and Liam (Adam Huber) run through a practice labor and delivery. Jeff (Sam Adegoke) is put in a precarious position, one that could potentially change his future radically. Fallon is challenged by the FSN board and Dominique (Michael Michele) offers to help. Sam (Rafael de la Fuente) does not accept Culhane’s (Robert C. Riley) business choices and tries to sabotage Culhane’s plan. Amanda (Eliza Bennett) is presented an amazing opportunity which leaves Kirby (Maddison Brown) questioning the future, while Adam (Sam Underwood) can’t seem to scheme his way out of his new mess.

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For those who did not catch the 5th and final season, you are in luck!. The entire season will be available and streaming worldwide on Hulu, beginning on September 24th.

Lead by the incredible performances of Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon, the series just never caught on, or properly promoted by the CW.  However, viewers who did partake in watching the episodes, and stayed with it for five seasons, knew that this was actually a diamond-in-the-rough series or shall we say, a soap on steroids which brought the drama and poked great fun at itself all at the same time.

So, will you be checking out the ‘Dynasty’ series finale tonight? Sad to see it go? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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