Dynasty is a American soap opera television series which was aired on The CW since October 11, 2017.
Like the 1980s series, Dynasty begins with heiress Fallon Carrington unhappy to find her billionaire father Blake engaged to an employee named Cristal. As Fallon drowns her sorrows in Michael the chauffeur and dodges playboy Jeff Colby, Cristal still has feelings for her married ex-lover Matthew Blaisdel.
The reboot updates several factors, including moving the setting from Denver to Atlanta, making Blake's fiancée Hispanic and the Colby family African-American, and changing gold digger Sammy Jo from a woman to a gay man.
- Grant Show as Blake Carrington
- Nathalie Kelley as Cristal Flores Carrington (Season 1)
- Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon Carrington
- James Mackay as Steven Carrington
- Alan Dale as Joseph Anders
- Sam Adegoke as Jeff Colby
- Robert Christopher Riley as Michael Culhane
- Rafael de la Fuente as Sam Josiah "Sammy Jo" Flores
- Nicolette Sheridan as Alexis Carrington (Season 2-current, recurring; Season 1)
- Ana Brenda Contreras as Cristal Flores (Season 2)
- Main article: List of Dynasty episodes
|Season||No. of episodes||Originally aired|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||October 11, 2017||May 11, 2018|
|2||22||October 12, 2018|
In September 2016, it was announced that a reboot of the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty was in development at The CW, co-written by Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Sallie Patrick. Richard and Esther Shapiro, creators of the original series, were attached as producers. The new series finds heiress Fallon Carrington facing off against her soon-to-be stepmother Cristal, a Hispanic woman. Inside Soap Yearbook called the announcement of the revival "fantastic news". The pilot was filmed Atlanta, Georgia.
On May 10, 2017, the Dynasty reboot received a series order at The CW. A preview trailer was released on May 18, 2017.
Nathalie Kelley was cast as Cristal in January 2017, followed by Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon, Sam Adegoke as playboy Jeff Colby, and Robert Christopher Riley as Blake's chauffeur Michael Culhane in February. Next cast were Grant Show as Fallon's father Blake Carrington, and Rafael de la Fuente as Sam Jones, a gay male version of the original series' Sammy Jo Carrington, in March. The remaining main cast members are James Mackay as Fallon's gay brother Steven, and Alan Dale as Carrington majordomo Anders, Additional recurring performers include Nick Wechsler as Cristal's ex-lover Matthew Blaisdel, Brianna Brown as Matthew's wife Claudia, and Wakeema Hollis as Jeff's sister Monica Colby. In November 2017, Nicollette Sheridan was cast in the role of Blake's ex-wife Alexis Carrington, and was later promoted to series regular status for season two. Other guest stars include Elena Tovar as Iris Machado, Cristal's sister and Sam's mother, Bill Smitrovich as Thomas Carrington, Blake's estranged father, and Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Cesil Colby, Jeff and Monica's father. On June 21, 2018, it reveals that Kelley has left the series and she decided not to return for next season. In August 2018, Mexican-American actress Ana Brenda Contreras will play the real Cristal Flores in season 2 for English-language role.
Critical reception Edit
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 88% approval rating with an average rating of 6.25/10 based on 8 reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 54 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Chris Harnick of E! Online called the pilot "soapy and fun," adding that the series is "a worthy heir to the original show and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's previous offering Gossip Girl and The O.C.". Tierney Bricker, also from E! Online, also praised the show, dubbing Kelley "this season's breakout star", with Gillies "hot on her Louboutin heels".