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The CW to Reboot Drama ‘Dynasty’

Potential Series to Be Told Through the Perspective of Two Female Characters

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Despite the failure of the new “Dallas” on TNT in recent years, The CW is developing a new version of “Dynasty,” which originally began a nine-season run on ABC in January 1981 in response to the mega-success of the original “Dallas” on CBS. The scoop on this “Dynasty” 2.0: The new series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two female characters locked in conflict — 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.

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the masterminds behind primetime serials “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.” are joining forces with Esther Shapiro and Richard Shapiro, creators of the original “Dynasty.”

The first “Dynasty,” which did not catch on until Joan Collins joined the cast in the first season finale as Blake Carrington’s (John Forsythe) ex-wife Alexis, focused on the conflict between Blake, Alexis and Blake’s new wife Krystle (Linda Evans). This Cristal will be a version of the Krystle character in the CW version, giving it a more diverse feel. The potential new series is being eyed for 2017.

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  1. I’m all for it as I really liked the Dallas reboot on TNT but since The CW did such a bad job on Melrose Place I got my doubts. It will be great to see a Dynasty reboot though I just wished it would’ve been on a bigger network.

      • That’s a shame but I’m not surprised either because it sounds like it’s going to be more of a young people type show and sounds like it’s going in a whole new direction so they probably wouldn’t had fitted in anyways. I haven’t watched anything on The CW in a long time so I will definitely be tuning back in come next October when this debuts.

          • I know this will be a train crash but I could care less about that I just want to be able to watch something new I can follow every week.

      • Dynasty minus Linda and Joan (and their fabulous shoulder pads/Nolan Miller creations) is not Dynasty. I don’t plan on watching.

    • Wasn’t Heather Locklear on Dynasty I think only know that I think when FX first came on the air I think they aired Dynasty. I was too you for Dynasty since it came on when I had to go to bed.

      • Yep she was on there later in its run after T.J. Hooker ended then she went to Melrose Place in the 90s. Yeah FX aired reruns of Dynasty during its first years, I used to love FX back then they played a lot of old dramas like Eight Is Enough too. Yeah Dynasty aired at 10pm and aired on a weeknight most of its run and it was the only thing people talked about. Dallas was catchable since it aired at 9pm on Fridays.

      • I can tell you “why?”

        It’s because no executive in Hollywood gets fired for doing a bad remake of an old hit that flops.

        That’s why.

        They do get fired if they try something original that doesn’t work.

        The owners are ultimately responsible for the flops on their air.

  2. Dallas worked – at least for a while – because it was a continuation of the Ewing saga…and the best part about it were the original characters (both regular and guest stars). Dynasty was in a class by itself…and this sounds like revisionist history. Don’t like the idea at all!

  3. Alexis was played by a stand-in during the finale of Season One. The stand in had a black veil so we couldn’t see her face. Joan Collins didn’t appear until the Season Two premiere when we actually saw her face as her contract has not been finalized by the Season One finale.

  4. What is amazing with bad ideas in Hollywood, is that no matter how many times they fail, Hollywood still wants to make more.

    CW became a laughing stock with its hilariously awful Melrose Place remake and yet it wants more…

    And then they’ll claim the internet prevents them from getting ratings…