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23 August 2nd, 2017 CW’s Dynasty Reboot EP Josh Schwartz: “We are living in an age of dynasties. You can’t look at the news without hearing about Trump or the Clintons or the Kardashians or the Murdochs.”

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Now is the time for the perfect soap with Donald Trump in the White House, so says Dynasty reboot executive producer Josh Schwartz.

Several of the cast members from the upcoming CW reboot of the iconic ABC primetime soap, along with Schwartz were on hand today at the TCA’s were they addressed members of the media.

“We are living in an age of dynasties,” Schwartz said. “You can’t look at the news without hearing about “Trump or the Clintons or the Kardashians or the Murdochs. Our news is filled with stories of dynasties.”

When the new Dynasty debuts on October 11th at 9PMEST,  Blake Carrington (Grant Show) will be quite the villain who loves his children, and will have a much younger fiancée named named Cristal (not Krystle) played by former Vampire Diaries cast member Nathalie Kelley.  Josh Schwartz added: “Part of the fun was taking a character like Krystle and dirtying her up a little bit!”

The series backdrop will be Atlanta this time, not Denver.  And in a major redo in story this time out, Blake is not homophobic to his gay son Steven Carrington now being played by James MacKay.  Steven in the Dynasty revival now is very confident in his sexuality and Blake accepts him. The trouble seems to come in the form of Sammy Jo, who will this time out be a man played by Empire’s Rafael de la Fuente, as opposed to the original schemer Sammie Jo played by Heather Locklear.

The press also learned that the role of Alexis Carrington played in the original series by Joan Collins has not been cast, but will appear sometime later in the season.

So, intrigued by the intel on the CW’s Dynasty reboot? Comment below.

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  1. Phil says:

    I will definitely be checking this show out! I am interested in seeing who they cast as Alexis! I suggest Tiffani Theissen or perhaps Heather Locklear! This might turn out to be fun to watch!

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    Richard replied

    Tiffani would be a FANTASTIC Alexis! Omg i loved her as schemer Valerie on 90210!

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  2. Jimh says:

    Dullnasty…been there done that…

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  3. Max says:

    How about Ms Susan Lucci as Alexis?

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  4. Jovin says:

    Nope, sorry. This show is a completely different show merely using the Dynasty name to intrigue viewers. A real Dynasty reboot would have had Jeff and Fallon as the leads, with the focus on their kids, and the other younger members much like Dallas did. This show does seem like campy, soapy fun, but it should have. been it’s own show. As a reboot, it will fail miserably. On its own merits, or lack thereof, who knows? I have seen a preview and not many of the characters seem very likeable. But then again thinking back on the original, the characters weren’t that likeable either. Lol. I like reboots that are either continuations of the original, or reboots that place the story and characters in the now as opposed to the era they were in. This kind of tweaking and changing does nothing for me.

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    Shay replied

    Amen, Jovin!…Slapping the “Dynasty” label on this b@$+@^*#ed piece of “pc” nonsense is a total misappropriation of the classic’s title and premise. If there is such a demand for this particular sort of drama, then why is it necessary to attempt to ride the coattails of the original’s massive success with this extremely reconstituted version? Schwartz has already produced his own highly-memorable series in the form of “Gossip Girl,” which wonderfully blended the elements of traditional primetime soaps with modern sensibilities, so we know it can be done, and very well, at that! This just seems like a really lame and lazy way to attract viewers with a bait-and-switch con-job since so many fondly recall the dizzying heights of the real “Dynasty” and may perhaps tune in expecting exactly what you have described, either a continuation or next-generation itineration of the former hit show…neither of which will be in the offing! As for recasting the pivotal role of Alexis??? That is sheer lunacy…Joan Collins is—and always shall be—this most glamorous of villainous vixens…she owns the role! And nobody, no matter how fabulous, can fill her vertiginous stilettos!

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    Jovin replied

    I love your writing!!! First and foremost! Next topics….how the hell funny would it be if they got Joan Collins to play Alexis?? Lmao!!! She hasn’t changed in 50 years! Can you imagine Grant Show trying to play it straight opposite JC? Lol!!! This show has a solid ONE season of shelf life. They might as well make it as campy as possible!

    Nikki replied

    Oh I have to agree. This will never make it.

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    Shay replied

    Thank you, Jovin…I always enjoy your posts, too! And I am a real admirer of Joan Collins! Yes, she is absolutely ageless, yet she manages to ooze that old-fashioned silverscreen GG-vibe, just the same! She has certainly not forgotten from whence she came and has stuck with her tried-and-true trademark beauty formula since her ingenue days. She’s also quite a lady offscreen, too…such a survivor to have lasted in this business for years on end, hardworking, and very much full of common sense and the British stiff-upper lip mentality…a great mother, too! Many stories about her family trials-and-tribulations though the years have shown her to be a committed maternal figure to her children—who under her strict guidance never became off-the-rails Hollywood brats. I often read her op-eds in the UK press…she has many interesting views on life/the world and I love that, too! Lastly, despite being married to a man over 30 years her junior, she has never looked ridiculous with a much-younger partner…..they make a really fitting, fabulous couple and if anything, he can’t keep up with her! (Although, no, I cannot envision her playing against Grant Show, even though I usually watch him in whatever….but not this time!) Yes, I am a fan, and there is no way under the sun a Dynasty series will be credible without Joan’s inimitable Alexis…if only this latest project had been a continuation with the original Fallon, Jeff and Steven, even Sammy Jo, and their next generation of offspring, this could have been a viable idea, but as it is being presented? Count me out!

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  5. Barbara from Atlanta says:

    This thing has FLOP written all over it.

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  6. Mary SF says:

    Because of the Trumps, Clintons, Kardashins etc this show might be redundant — who needs fiction when CNN is better than a soap — LOL

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  7. Lew S. says:

    Really???

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  8. kalamaty says:

    They most better have JOAN COLLINS in that role later in the season. Anything (or anyone) else will simply not do. No getting around it… sorry!

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  9. Shane says:

    Meh! I’ll pass on this one. I’d rather watch the DVD’s of the original,

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    Nikki replied

    Me too Shane the beautiful Linda Evans & Joan Collin’s. If they took the kids of these two and every so often had Linda & Joan drop in it may work., but really I think it’s a flop.

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  10. Alan says:

    I’m really trying to keep an open mind since it is Schwartz and Savage but the more I hear the less interested I am…

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  11. jeffrie says:

    Susan Lucci would make the perfect Alexis!!!!!!!!

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    Steve replied

    She, too, just awoke from her coma.

    It’s called a nap Susan Lucci.

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  12. Rodd says:

    I’m interested to see how this plays out. But I’m also leery of trying to accept this show as a DYNASTY re-boot. I think it’s more of the same with some twists. Time will tell. I hope it holds my attention.

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  13. Magneto says:

    I’ll give it a look-see but I’m over these reimaged shows. Unless you’re gonna do a straight up reboot incorporating the characters from the original shows, don’t do it! Create a whole new show and write good material that draws in the crowd. They are banking on the “Dynasty” brand and I think they are going to lose big time.

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  14. rose says:

    Not even sure the CW’s target audiences will even know about the original “Dynasty,” or Joan Collins. Maybe looking to expand audience? But after the “Dallas” reboot, and MF’s description, pretty sure I won’t be watching…well maybe once to give it a chance. Just hope “Twin Peaks” reboot lives up to it’s hype and my expectation.

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  15. John Gordon says:

    I sort of agree with others that, on it’s own, it might work but the fact that they are begging for comparisons from the original show, it may have already sealed it’s own fate. What worked in the 80′s with Linda Evans and John F. and Joan C. won’t necessarily work with all new cast members.

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  16. Mack says:

    Give it a chance. It possible since the original creators the Sharpiro’s are heading it up. As for Alexis. Tough shoes to fill. But it has to be Madeline Stowe after her performance as Victoria in Revenge. She seems like the logical choice. & since 1 of producers is from Revenge. Who knows?

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