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

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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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Sue M.
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Sue M.

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.

Sue M.
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Sue M.

Not interested in the reboot

Jovin
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Jovin

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

Joel
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Joel

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… Read more »

Jovin
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Jovin

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.

Shay
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Shay

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!

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davlestev1

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… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

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

davlestev1
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davlestev1

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! !

Jimh
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Jimh

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.

su0000
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su0000

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

After reading this, I’m not excited..

Dynasty
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
-Empire
-Blacklist
-Mr Robot

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

rose
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rose

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… Read more »

Rick
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Rick

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!! 🙂

Satan
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Satan

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

Timmm
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Timmm

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

Satan
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Satan

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.

brian
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brian

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

Jimh
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Jimh

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!!!

su0000
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su0000

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.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

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

stevie g
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stevie g

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.

Rodd
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Rodd

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!

su0000
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su0000

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..

FAIL !!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

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.

Later.

Kit
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Kit

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.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

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.

Vicki
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Vicki

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.

Nik
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Nik

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!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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… Read more »

Damien
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Damien

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!

elm1951
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elm1951

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

k/kay
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k/kay

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 .

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

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.

elm1951
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elm1951

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

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General Hospital and Dynasty Star, Emma Samms Shares Her Battle With “Long Covid”

While General Hospital fans have been curious to find out just what is the true fate of Holly Sutton who is believed to have died, sending Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) on a mission to find out just what had happened to her, Sutton’s portrayer, Emma Samms has been going through her own difficult time since testing positive for the coronavirus back in March in the U.K.

Samms was never hospitalized for her symptoms related to the virus, but according to a report and interview with The Times, she has been suffering from long bouts of tremendous fatigue, where even small tasks like talking on the phone or doing gardening have become difficult for her.

Emma revealed, “This panic-inducing level of fatigue has been less startling and immensely compromising … and it fluctuates. I improve slightly, have a couple of good days, and assume I am on the road to recovery, only to go right back to feeling horrendous.”

The popular actress has a condition currently called “Long Covid”.  However, researchers and doctors  who are working closely on COVID-19 are still unsure why certain people have been unable to recover, nor how to treat the condition, which mimics Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The actress who first became soap famous for GH, later appeared on the original ABC version of Dynasty as Fallon Carrington.

Send your thoughts and well-wishes to Emma during this difficult time, as we know many General Hospital fans would love to see her back on the ABC daytime drama series as a very much alive, Holly.  Comment below.

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How B&B & ‘Dynasty’ Showrunners Are Being Creative To Keep Sex & Intimacy Alive In The Soap Genre Amidst COVID-19

In one of the more entertaining but true titles of an article in the New York Times, “How to Shoot a Sex Scene in a Pandemic: Cue the Mannequins” several series executive producers and showrunners participated and related how they are coming up with ways to exist in a COVID-19 world, but need to keep the love stories, and intimate moments still look alluring for its viewership, especially those bonafide soaps.

At the forefront remains The Bold and the Beautiful and its executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell.  BOLD has returned to making new episodes and as noted today, will be airing all-new episodes come July 20th.

In the NY Times piece, Bell shared on making the love scenes work:  “At first, we took out the love scenes, and the show was falling a little flat because we’re all about romance and family interactions. One of the first ideas we had was to bring in mannequins for the intimate scenes and hospital scenes, and it’s working quite well — we’re shooting it from a great distance or in a way you can’t see the form is inanimate.”

When asked how his cast is handling the transition to lifeless stand-ins, he shared.  “We’ve had a lot of strange looks and questions like, Do you really want to do this? But everyone is game. They are getting their first latex kiss.”

Another soap, CW’s Dynasty, who had to wrap its 3rd season much earlier than they had hoped, without the wedding of Fallon and Liam due to COVID-19, is figuring out how their over-the-top sexy sudsy show might look when it returns.

Showrunner, Josh Reims shared with the Times: “Phone sex has certainly come up a lot. I was looking through the first episode written before all this, and basically removed everything that said, ‘And then they kiss.’”

Reims noted: “The joke among the writers is that we will watch two characters say they want to have sex and then cut to them saying, ‘That was some great sex.’”

It is Reims true hople that when Dynasty returns next spring in 2021, that the effects of COVID-19 will not be felt or will have at least subsided, adding “No one is watching ‘Dynasty’ to be reminded of a pandemic.”

So, looks like soaps are leading the charge to get you back to enjoying love in the afternoon or the evening? Comment below.

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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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