The original Dynasty TV show ran on ABC for nine seasons, between January 1981 and May 1989. The classic primetime sudser, from creators Richard and Esther Shapiro, starred John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins and was launched to compete with CBS’ Dallas. Now The CW is rebooting it straight — i.e. it isn’t a sequel series or a spinoff. Other than being set in the present, much remains more or less the same, despite a new ethnicity and name-spelling here, a gender swap there, and a location about 1,400 miles east. Is that enough to enthrall a new generation of fans and attract fans of the original? Will the new Dynasty be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
A CW soap opera, Dynasty stars Grant Show, Alan Dale, Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley, James Mackay, Sam Adegoke, Robert Christopher Riley, Rafael de la Fuente, Brianna Brown, and Nick Wechsler. The drama centers on the wealthy Carrington family and the energy empire they must defend against the Colbys and other adversaries. Although Fallon (Gillies) is the heir apparent to father Blake’s (Show) company, she grows suspicious when she learns he is marrying the beautiful, much younger Cristal (Kelley). When Fallon sets out to expose the interloper as a fraud, her actions cost her her father’s trust, so she forges an alliance with his rival, Jeff Colby (Adegoke). Blood is thicker than water, but whether it’s dearer than oil remains to be seen.
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What do you think? Do you like the Dynasty TV series reboot? Should this CW TV show be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
11/8/17 update: The CW has ordered nine additional episodes for season one of Dynasty. Details here.