The new “Dynasty” reboot, scheduled to premiere on October 11, has some pretty big shoes to fill. The original “Dynasty,” which aired on ABC from 1981-1989, was one of the most iconic soap operas ever on primetime TV. So, nearly 30 years later, fans are waiting with incredible anticipation about the new-look “Dynasty,” which will air on The CW on Wednesday nights at 9/8c.
Thus far, fans only have a teaser trailer that was released in mid-May. But, oh boy, does this series look like it’ll satisfy both the long-time “Dynasty” fans who grew up with John Forsythe, Joan Collins and Linda Evans. First of all, the original series creators – Esther and Richard Shapiro – are collaborating on this new series, so there’s going to be continuity in terms of style and approach.
And The CW has also brought in two of the brightest minds in the world of primetime melodrama TV, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (creators of “Gossip Girl”), to make sure the series appeals to young millennials.
For The CW, this show could become a defining event in how people perceive the network. In recent years, The CW has become known for its male-focused superhero shows and now it appears to be fully dedicating itself to “female soaps” filled with women in amazing designer outfits and plenty of beautiful people with lots of money doing terrible things to other beautiful people with lots of money. Can you wait? Here’s what to expect from the “Dynasty” reboot:
#1: The same Carrington and Colby families from “Dynasty,” but with a few twists
The new-look “Dynasty” is not meant to be a continuation of the old series, in which new characters take over as some part of family dynasty succession. Instead, it’s the same basic storyline, with the same two families – the billionaire Carrington family and the billionaire Colby family – but some of the key details have been switched.
For example, the action has been switched from Denver to Atlanta, and the focus will be on over-the-top Southern family money. And the character of Krystle Jennings (played by Linda Evans) has been changed as well. The new Krystle will be “Cristal,” a scheming Latina (played by Nathalie Kelley) who is set to marry the billionaire Blake Carrington (played by Grant Show). And the Colby family will now be African-American.
But much of the action and narrative will remain similar – even down to the fact of Fallon Carrington (played by the very lovely Elizabeth Gillies) fooling around with her chauffeur. And the character of Steven Carrington (played by James Mackay) is still gay, but this time, the bedroom scenes look like they’ll push the boundary of what can be shown on TV.
#2: There will be no Alexis on the “Dynasty” reboot… or will there?
If you think back to the original “Dynasty,” the one character that people still remember 30 years later is the scheming Alexis, played by Joan Collins. For many people, the big hair and the big shoulder pad dresses were iconic for the 1980s. Her role was so deliciously over the top that it seems hard to believe that, as of now, there will be no Alexis in the series premiere. And there was no sign of Alexis in the May teaser-trailer, either.
However… that doesn’t mean that the character of Alexis won’t be written into the script. Remember – in the original “Dynasty,” the character of the scheming Alexis didn’t appear until Season 2. So that raises an interesting question: Is the CW just playing with us by not showing us Alexis… or are they waiting for Season 2 for her to debut?
#3: The new “Dynasty” will feature plenty of scheming, cat fights, sex and murder
Primetime soap fans, you can relax now. Based on what we’ve seen in the teaser-trailer for the new “Dynasty,” there will be all the plot features that made us love the original “Dynasty” – scheming, cat fights, sex and murder.
In the trailer, for example, Fallon’s chauffeur Michael (played by Robert Christopher Riley) shows up at Fallon’s private jet to whisk her back to the family estate. But he flirts with her, and Fallon says to him, “I’m open to a detour.” Cut to a scene of the two groping each other in the back seat of a limo for an afternoon quickie.
And if it’s cat fights you want, well, you’re going to get them. Most of the action seems to center on Fallon and Cristal, and how much they hate each other. Fallon thinks that Cristal is a shameless gold digger, while Cristal thinks Fallon is a spoiled rich kid. Things get complicated when Fallon has to call Cristal both “mom” and “boss.”
There’s one scene from the trailer that should really get fans excited – and that’s where Fallon and Cristal appear to get into a major fight on the wedding day of Cristal and Blake. There’s even the tearing of a very expensive wedding dress!
#4: The new “Dynasty” will be updated for today’s socio-economic reality
Moving the scene of the action from Denver to Atlanta was just the beginning of how the show is trying to stay relevant for today’s audiences. There’s also the matter of bringing more diversity into the show. There’s the Colby family, which will be African-American, and then there’s Cristal, who comes from a Hispanic-American family.
And, judging from the trailer, there will be a lot more of an emphasis on LGBT lifestyles, especially in a plotline involving Steven Carrington. Back in the 1980s, the AIDS crisis made talking about gay sex difficult, but it looks like this modern reboot is going to have absolutely no problem tackling what was once a very taboo topic.
And the entire premise of the show is based on “the 1% of the 1%” – this is a clear reference to the growing socio-economic divide in America, in which the top 1% of the upper class controls much of the nation’s wealth and financial resources. (The show is really going to have to glitz it up, though, to keep up with the likes of what we’ve seen at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago!)
This new “Dynasty” reboot is one of the most hotly anticipated series of the fall, not just for The CW, but also for all of primetime TV. The show’s creators have said that they’ll give a nod to the original series by using some of the old theme music and other touches. It will be interesting to see if this new “Dynasty” can pull in the young millennial crowd and others who are eager to see how the wealthiest of the wealthy do battle with each other on a weekly basis.