“They have money. They have power. They have everything. And they want more.” That’s one of the promo slogans for the Dynasty reboot set to debut this fall.
Diverse and Dazzling
We have a sneak peek for you of the reboot, which is coming to the CW. And you won’t believe your eyes or ears. It takes the soap motif and runs with it. But with a lot of tantalizing twists. See a long, luscious trailer below.
This is it’s a very racially diverse take on the Drama in Denver. There are several African-American and Latino central players. That includes Krystal, who is Latina in this version of the classic 1980s drama. She’s played by Nathalie Kelly, according to Hollywood Life.
Dynasty 1.0 did a pretty good job given the cultural milieu it came up in. It had African-American and gay characters. But 2.0 is a whole different ballgame.
You’ll see Steven (James MacKay) having sex with Sammy-Jo. But Sammy-Jo is a male character!
In another genius casting move, Brianna Brown is set to play Claudia Blaisdel. We are big fans of Brown’s, and she’s truly perfect for the role.
The fabulousness is set to restart Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on the CW, with a premiere date still in the works, according to The Savvy Screener. You can also see the entire original series re-aired on the CW Seed network beginning August 1st.
Putting It All Together–and One Original Star Who Won’t Be Joining the Reboot!
Stepahnie Savage and Josh Schwartz, who created Gossip Girl, along original Dynasty creators Richard and Esther Shapiro, are the creative muscle behind this reimagining of the Dynasty story. How inspired is that pairing of these two pairs?
“I think that Dynasty is not unlike what we had with Riverdale last year in that we have a built-in audience of people who knew the Archie characters and our job was to bring them in as well as a new audience,” CW marketing president Rick Haskins told Hollywood Life. “We focused in on bringing in the new audience, because we knew the old audience would follow.”
He also said the show is in talks to get original series stars to guest star, but everyone’s busy schedules would have to sync up.
John James, the original Jeff Colby at first lobbied for the original stars to be recast, which seems reasonable. But since they weren’t, he expressed his displeasure at the whole operation.
“It’s stupidity. Networks are dumb. No wonder people aren’t watching television…I don’t know. They better think about this real hard before they go ahead without some of the original cast,” James told telegram.com.
Well, everyone has a right to have an opinion and express it. And we at Soap Cities totes love John James, don’t you, dear readers? But by all accounts within the industry, TV is undergoing a renaissance, so we just have to correct that there.
He’s not the only annoyed member of Team Original Dynasty. Michael K., the blogger and cultural critic behind Dlisted.com, offered a hilarious (as usual) take on the caviar and catfights redux.
“It’s really not a true Dynasty catfight until it’s obvious that Joan Collins and Linda Evans were switched out for stunt doubles in bad wigs,” said Michael K. See one of Collins and Evans’ original knock-down, drag-out spats below. He also said the reboot is the “CW-ified” version of the original. When you’re right, you’re right.
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