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Dynasty is an American prime-time television soap opera reboot based on the 1980s series of the same name. Developed by Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Sallie Patrick, the new series stars Grant Show as Blake Carrington, Nathalie Kelley as Cristal Flores Carrington, Elizabeth Gillies as Blake's daughter Fallon, and James Mackay as his son Steven. The pilot, which was announced in September 2016, was ordered to series in May 2017. Dynasty premiered on October 11, 2017, on The CW in the United States, and on Netflix internationally a day later.

Dynasty
Dynasty (2017) title card.png
Genre Soap opera
Based on Dynasty
by Richard and Esther Shapiro
Developed by
Starring
Composer(s) Paul Leonard-Morgan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 2 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Richard Shapiro
  • Esther Shapiro
  • Stephanie Savage
  • Josh Schwartz
  • Brad Silberling
  • Sallie Patrick
Producer(s) Jeffrey Downer
Cinematography Xavier Grobet
Editor(s) Brandi Bradburn
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) CBS Television Studios
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network The CW
Original release October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11) – present (present)
External links
Website www.cwtv.com/shows/dynasty/

Contents

PremiseEdit

Dynasty begins with heiress Fallon Carrington unhappy to find her billionaire father Blake engaged to Cristal, her rival employee at the family company. Fallon plots against Cristal with Blake's chauffeur—and Fallon's lover—Michael Culhane, and then with Blake's nemesis, Jeff Colby. Meanwhile, the arrival of Cristal's nephew Sam threatens to expose her past.[1][2]

The reboot updates several factors from the 1980s original, including moving the setting from Denver, Colorado to Atlanta, Georgia; making Steven's homosexuality a nonissue to Blake; and changing gold digger Sammy Jo from a woman to a gay man.[1][3][4] Patrick said, "We knew in our version—2017—we wanted Steven's conflict with Blake to be not about him being gay, but about him being liberal."[3] Additionally, in the new series, Blake's fiancée is Hispanic, and both chauffeur Michael Culhane and the Colby family are African-American.[1][4]

Cast and charactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "I Hardly Recognized You" Brad Silberling Sallie Patrick, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11) 1.26[5]
Heiress Fallon Carrington is unhappy to find her billionaire father Blake engaged to Cristal Flores, and plots to drive a wedge between them by giving her father photos of Cristal with her former lover Matthew Blaisdel, his top field engineer. Fallon's plan backfires, pushing up the wedding and securing Cristal the promotion Fallon wanted for herself. Feeling underappreciated by Blake, Fallon sets herself up as his business rival, backed by Blake's nemesis, Jeff Colby. Meanwhile, Anders, the Carrington family butler, makes his dislike for Cristal (and his knowledge of her past) known, and the arrival of her shady nephew Sam—who has just slept with Fallon's brother, Steven—puts her in further jeopardy. On his last job for Carrington Atlantic, Matthew is killed in the aftermath of a suspicious explosion, and his unstable wife Claudia appears at Blake's wedding to accuse him of her husband's murder.
2 "Spit It Out" Michael A. Allowitz Sallie Patrick October 18, 2017 (2017-10-18) 0.92[6]
Cristal is devastated by Matthew's death, while Blake works to distance the Carringtons from the engineer and his possible murder. Blake leads the police toward Jeff as a suspect, just as Jeff helps Fallon delete all traces of the photos of Cristal and Matthew; Fallon subsequently presses her father on his lack of trust in her. Cristal proves her loyalty to Blake by relinquishing her keepsakes of her former lover, and staging a diversion for the press at Matthew's wake by declaring Matthew's love for her as one-sided. FBI agents arrive at the mansion, arresting Steven instead of Blake.
3 "Guilt is for Insecure People"[7] Kellie Cyrus Ali Adler October 25, 2017 (2017-10-25) TBA
4 "Private as a Circus"[8] Kevin Sullivan Jena Richman November 1, 2017 (2017-11-01) TBA
5 "Company Slut"[9] Cherie Nolan Christopher Fife November 8, 2017 (2017-11-08) TBA

ProductionEdit

Elizabeth Gillies (left) and Grant Show (right) star as Fallon and Blake Carrington.

DevelopmentEdit

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.[10][11] Savage said, "All of us have worked on shows that owe a huge debt to Dynasty, so it's kind of in our writing DNA to do this show."[3] The trio discussed what they found unique and attractive about the original series, and how best to preserve those elements in an update.[3] They also met with Richard and Esther Shapiro, the creators of Dynasty,[3] who were ultimately attached as producers.[10][11] The new series finds heiress Fallon Carrington facing off against her soon-to-be stepmother Cristal, a Hispanic woman.[10][11] Schwartz said of the rival characters:

Even when you watch the original, Fallon is a character who feels as if she can exist in 2017. She just pops off the screen, and she can take on Krystle, who, in the original, was pure and the moral center of the show. With this new Cristal, we liked the idea of not letting her be quite as pure and raising some questions about her past and having her stir the pot—making her more formidable. That really let us lean into this rivalry between Fallon and Cristal.[3]

Inside Soap Yearbook called the announcement of the revival "fantastic news".[12] The pilot was filmed in Atlanta.[13] On May 10, 2017, the Dynasty reboot received a series order at The CW.[14][15][16] A preview trailer was released on May 18, 2017.[17][18]

CastingEdit

Nathalie Kelley was cast as Cristal in January 2017,[19][20] followed by Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon,[21] Sam Adegoke as playboy Jeff Colby,[22] and Robert Christopher Riley as Blake's chauffeur Michael Culhane in February.[23] Next cast were Grant Show as Fallon's father Blake Carrington,[24] and Rafael de la Fuente as Sam Jones, a gay male version of the original series' Sammy Jo Carrington, in March.[25][26] Other cast members include James Mackay as Fallon's gay brother Steven,[27] Alan Dale as Carrington majordomo Anders,[15] Nick Wechsler as Matthew Blaisdel,[1][28] Brianna Brown as Claudia Blaisdel,[1][29] and Wakeema Hollis as Jeff's sister Monique Colby.[4]

BroadcastEdit

Dynasty premiered on The CW in the United States on October 11, 2017, with the season 2 premiere of Riverdale as its lead-in.[30] Netflix acquired the exclusive international broadcast rights to Dynasty, making it available as an original series on the platform less than a day after their original U.S. broadcast.[31]

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "I Hardly Recognized You" October 11, 2017 0.3/1[5] 1.26[5] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Spit It Out" October 18, 2017 0.3/1[6] 0.92[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Guilt is for Insecure People" October 25, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Private as a Circus" November 1, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Company Slut" November 8, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 55% approval rating with an average rating of 6.61/10 based on 22 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Dynasty's revival retains enough of its predecessor's over-the-top allure to offer a glamorous guilty pleasure in its first season, even if it never quite recaptures the magic of the original."[32] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 53 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[33]

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.".[34] Adweek called the pilot inferior to Gossip Girl and the original Dynasty, but suggested that its pairing with Riverdale "could provide audiences a guilty-pleasure double-feature".[35]

Tierney Bricker of E! Online dubbed Kelley "this season's breakout star", with Gillies "hot on her Louboutin heels".[34]

ReferencesEdit

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