Dynasty means succession after all. Let the catfights begin.
Updated May 18: The CW has picked up the “Dynasty” pilot to series. Soaps.com has learned that the network will premiere the reboot Wednesday October 11 at 9:00 PM. The cast includes Grant Show (Blake Carrington), Nathalie Kelley (Cristal Flores), Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon Carrington), James Mackay (Steven Carrington), Alan Dale (Joseph Anders), Sam Adegoke (Jeff Colby), Robert Christopher Riley (Michael Culhane), Rafael de La Fuente (Sam Flores) and "General Hospital" alum Brianna Brown (Claudia). Get your first look at the series via the trailer below.
On October 5, 2016, Soaps.com reported pilot news of the mega-popular 1980s primetime soap opera "Dynasty," which was met with controversy from fans of the original, as evidenced by their tweets. While it was in script development, the "Dynasty" reboot made plans to debut in 2017 and would feature two women at odds, Fallon Carrington, daughter of filthy rich Blake Carrington, and Cristal Jennings. As the story goes, Fallon will not take kindly to Cristal preparing to marry her father. The character of Cristal will be Hispanic, adding a more diverse tone to the lily-white feel of the original.
Writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are behind the new script for the CW. They created “Gossip Girl” for the same network to soaring ratings. They will be joined by Sallie Patrick. Esther and Richard Shapiro, creators of the original, will executive produce along with the head writers.
The original “Dynasty” debuted in 1981 and chronicled the lives of Denver’s disposable-income class. The Carringtons and Colbys had opulent mansions, luxury cars, thoroughbreds, and seemed to subsist on champagne and caviar exclusively. It starred John Forsythe and Linda Evans as Blake and Krystle Carrington.
What really took the series over the top in ratings - and in general - was the arrival of ruthless executive, Alexis, played by the inimitable Joan Collins. With her entrance onto the story canvas, the soapy hi-jinx of these impossibly rich characters kept the show in the top ten primetime ratings for most of its run. Other notable actors to join in the high-wheeling fun were Stephanie Beacham, Diahann Carroll, and Heather Locklear.
Word is still out on who will play the central roles in the reboot and if any of the original cast will join.
Soaps.com polled readers back in October on their thoughts about the reboot. Some had a lot to say, based on tweets below, even actors chimed in.
Dynasty just got picked up by CW and I'll be reprising the iconic role of Claudia Blaisdel!!!! pic.twitter.com/IGOpEdj9UT
— Brianna Brown (@BrownBrianna) May 10, 2017
Thoughts on a Dynasty reboot?
— SheKnows' Soaps (@soapoperafan) October 5, 2016
— Carrie Genzel (@carrie_genzel) September 30, 2016
Photo Credit: Mark Hill/The CW
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