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39 October 11th, 2017 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!

  1. Sue M. says:

    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.

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    Sue M. replied

    Not interested in the reboot

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    Jovin replied

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

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  2. Joel says:

    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.

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    Jovin replied

    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.

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    Shay replied

    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!

    davlestev1 replied

    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.

    davlestev1 replied

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

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    davlestev1 replied

    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! !

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  3. Jimh says:

    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.

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  4. su0000 says:

    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 ..

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    rose replied

    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.

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  5. Rick says:

    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!! :-)

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  6. Satan says:

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

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  7. Timmm says:

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

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    Satan replied

    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.

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  8. brian says:

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

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    Michael Fairman replied

    I have to say, Brian, I would want that too! Anyone else? Lemme know! MF

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    brian replied

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

    Steve replied

    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.

    Johnny Grant replied

    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.

    elm1951 replied

    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!!

    Jimh replied

    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!!!

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    su0000 replied

    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 replied

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

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  9. stevie g says:

    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.

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  10. Rodd says:

    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!

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  11. su0000 says:

    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 !!

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  12. jaybird369 says:

    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.

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    Kit replied

    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.

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    jaybird369 replied

    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 replied

    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.

  13. Nik says:

    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!

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  14. Jamesj75 says:

    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…

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  15. Damien says:

    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!

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    elm1951 replied

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

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  16. k/kay says:

    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 .

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  17. Llanviewer717 says:

    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.

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  18. elm1951 says:

    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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