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Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera reboot based on the 1980s series of the same name. It stars Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley, James Mackay, Robert Christopher Riley, Sam Adegoke, Rafael de la Fuente, Alan Dale, and Grant Show.

In the story, heiress Fallon Carrington (Gillies) is unhappy to find her billionaire father Blake (Show) engaged to Cristal Flores (Kelley), a rival employee at the family company. When Fallon's machinations to separate the couple backfire and cost her a promotion, she allies with Blake's nemesis, Jeff Colby (Adegoke), and strikes out on her own. Meanwhile, the arrival of Cristal's opportunistic nephew Sam (de la Fuente)—who becomes romantically involved with Fallon's wayward brother Steven (Mackay)—threatens to expose Cristal's shady past. Watching out for the Carringtons are majordomo Anders (Dale) and chauffeur Michael Culhane (Riley).[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] Additionally, in the new series, Blake's fiancée is Hispanic, and both Michael and the Colby family are African-American.[1][4]

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Elizabeth Gillies portrays Blake's daughter Fallon
 
James Mackay plays Blake's son Steven

Blake CarringtonEdit

Atlanta energy tycoon Blake Carrington (Grant Show) marries public relations executive Cristal Flores, which lands his family at the center of a scandal when Cristal's married ex-lover Matthew Blaisdel is killed in a suspicious explosion. The marriage—and Blake's promotion of Cristal to COO of his company, Carrington Atlantic—put him at odds with his daughter Fallon, who allies herself with Blake's nemesis Jeff Colby as a business rival to her father. Blake already has a complicated relationship with his son Steven, who disapproves of his father's capitalistic politics and underhanded business tactics.[5]

Fallon CarringtonEdit

Heiress Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) is unhappy with her father's engagement to Cristal Flores, and is furious when he gives Cristal the promotion Fallon wanted for herself. She positions herself as her father's business rival, backed by Blake's nemesis Jeff Colby. Oblivious to Jeff's attraction to her, Fallon is carrying on a sexual relationship with the family chauffeur, Michael Culhane.[5]

Cristal Flores CarringtonEdit

Carrington Atlantic's head of public relations, Cristal Flores (Nathalie Kelley), marries Blake and immediately makes an enemy of his daughter Fallon. Cristal's married ex-lover, Matthew, is killed in the aftermath of a suspicious explosion, which implicates the Carringtons. Cristal is also trying to hide her past from Blake, which is made more difficult by the arrival of her nephew Sam Jones.[5]

Steven CarringtonEdit

Blake's son Steven Carrington (James Mackay) devotes himself to environmental and humanitarian causes, often in opposition to his father's business interests. He becomes romantically involved with Sam, who he soon discovers is his new stepmother Cristal's nephew.[5]

Michael CulhaneEdit

Carrington chauffeur Michael Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley) is also Fallon's lover and unofficial henchman, though he has feelings for her which seem unrequited. Michael gets photos for Fallon of Cristal kissing her ex-lover Matthew in "I Hardly Recognized You".[5] In "Guilt is for Insecure People", Michael is hesitant to help Fallon find leverage against her father Blake. Meanwhile, Fallon's brother Steven is suspicious of Blake's involvement in Matthew's death, and Michael reveals to him that Blake has Matthew's phone in his possession.[6] Somewhat frustrated by Fallon's dismissive treatment, Michael becomes involved with Kori Rucks, Fallon's acquaintance from high school, in "Private as a Circus".[7] Their relationship survives Fallon's jealous meddling in "I Exist Only for Me".[8] In "A Taste of Your Own Medicine", Fallon meets Michael's parents, Louella and James. Michael has led them to believe that he is a vice president at Denver Atlantic, and Fallon backs him up.[9] In "The Best Things in Life", Michael's relationship with Kori implodes over his lingering feelings for Fallon.[10][11] In "Rotten Things", Fallon has a falling out with Monica Colby, who begins her own romantic relationship with Michael.[12][13]

Riley was cast in the pilot in February 2017.[14] Played by Wayne Northrop in the 1980s series,[15] the character is one of several cast as nonwhite for the reboot.[16][17] Executive producer Sallie Patrick said that with Michael and Carrington butler Anders, "we introduce the theme of upstairs/downstairs, because how can you have a show about the filthy rich without including the people who try their damnedest to keep them clean?"[18]

Jeff ColbyEdit

Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke) is a high school friend of Fallon's, and Blake's former employee. He made a fortune from software he created while working for Blake, which the court ruled was his own property. Blake has never forgiven him for this "betrayal".[5] Jeff finances Fallon's business venture to be close to her, but it takes a while for her to begin to see his value as a partner.[7]

Sam "Sammy Jo" JonesEdit

Cristal's opportunistic nephew Samuel Josiah "Sammy Jo" Jones (Rafael de la Fuente) becomes romantically involved with Steven. Sam's presence makes Cristal nervous, as he knows her secrets.[5]

Joseph AndersEdit

Carrington majordomo Joseph Anders (Alan Dale) is protective of the family, and threatened by Cristal's presence as the new would-be mistress of the mansion. After the wedding in "I Hardly Recognized You", Anders warns Cristal that he has investigated her sordid past and will reveal the details to Blake if she steps out of line.[5] In "Guilt is for Insecure People", Anders merges Cristal's meager assets with Blake's per the terms of their prenuptial agreement, effectively making her unable spend any money without Anders knowing.[6] In "Company Slut", Anders manipulates Sam to keep Steven away from his ex-boyfriend, Ted Dinard, a recovering drug addict whom Blake and Anders had previously pushed out of Steven's life.[19][20] In "The Best Things in Life", Anders discreetly helps Cristal pay off someone from her past, but goes to Blake when he catches her in a lie.[10][11] Anders and Cristal discover that Cristal's sister Iris was behind the extortion plot in "Rotten Things".[12][13]

Executive producer Sallie Patrick said that with Anders and Carrington chauffeur Michael, "we introduce the theme of upstairs/downstairs, because how can you have a show about the filthy rich without including the people who try their damnedest to keep them clean?"[18] Of Anders and Cristal's nephew Sam, she said, "We've introduced their friendship, and I totally 'ship them together. Locking them in the basement [in "A Taste of Your Own Medicine"] was so much fun ... Sammy Jo is always getting in over his head, so it made sense for him to be the first one knocked out. And the funniest person to lock him in the basement with seemed to be Anders."[21]

Dale was cast in the pilot in March 2017.[22] He has received praise for the role,[23][24] and Maureen Ryan of Variety called him "the best aspect of the new version of Dynasty", noting that "Dale improves every scene he's in."[25] Patrick said, "Alan Dale is amazing as Anders. From the beginning, everybody wanted to be in a storyline with him."[21]

RecurringEdit

Matthew BlaisdelEdit

Matthew Blaisdel (Nick Wechsler) is Blake's top field engineer at Carrington Atlantic, and Cristal's former lover. Engaged to Blake, Cristal says goodbye to Matthew in "I Hardly Recognized You", and Fallon uses photos of their kiss to try to separate Cristal and Blake. Meanwhile, on his final job for Blake before he resigns, Matthew is injured in an explosion, and later dies. His widow, Claudia, accuses Blake of murder.[5] The explosion is determined to have been caused by sabotage, and the Carringtons work to hide Cristal's connection to Matthew in "Spit It Out". Matthew's friend Willy Santiago tells Cristal that before his death, Matthew refused Blake's offer of a job transfer to China.[26] Fallon leaks a sex tape of Cristal and Matthew in "Private as a Circus", and the Carringtons are cleared of wrongdoing in Matthew's death by Willy's suicide note.[7] Confronting the Carringtons at gunpoint in "A Taste of Your Own Medicine", Claudia admits to setting the explosion that killed Matthew, though his death was not her intent.[9]

Executive producer Sallie Patrick said of reimagining the character:

One big decision we had to make when rebooting Dynasty was what to do with Matthew Blaisdel ... Matthew was Cristal's on-again-off-again lover, and while we loved that part of Cristal's backstory and loved Matthew's crazy wife, Claudia, he didn't bring that much to the original series other than business stories, and the Shapiros encouraged us to focus more on family than business. So, when I was watching the original Dynasty pilot, there's this oil rigging accident Blake sets up in order to tank the price so he can swoop in and buy it out from under his competitor. The realization of this causes Walter Lankershim (Willy in our version) to crash the Carrington wedding with a gun. In our version, it made dramatic (and soapy) sense to have Matthew injured in the accident, sending his wife, Claudia, to the Carringtons' doorstep to give Cristal the news that her new husband may have killed her ex-lover. And that accusation—and the mystery surrounding it—is what launches us into series.[18]

Claudia BlaisdelEdit

Matthew's wife, Claudia Blaisdel (Brianna Brown), is recovering from a head injury that has left her with memory loss. Distraught over Matthew's death, she accuses Blake of killing him.[5]

Monica ColbyEdit

Jeff's sister Monica Colby (Wakeema Hollis) is Fallon's best friend from high school.[5] In "A Taste of Your Own Medicine", it is established that the Colbys' father, Cesil, is in jail.[9] In "Rotten Things", Monica refuses Fallon's urging to visit him, and is mad to discover that Fallon is sleeping with her brother Jeff while still harboring feelings for Michael. The women have a falling out as Monica accuses Fallon of being self-absorbed and not a good friend. Monica then begins a romantic relationship with Michael.[12][13]

Played by Tracy Scoggins in the 1980s series,[27] the character is one of several cast as nonwhite for the reboot.[4][16][17]

Willy SantiagoEdit

Carrington Atlantic employee Willy Santiago (Dave Maldonado) is with his friend, Matthew Blaisdel, when Matthew is killed in the aftermath of a suspicious explosion in "I Hardly Recognized You".[5] He drunkenly confronts Cristal about her relationship with Matthew in "Spit It Out", and she fires him publicly to distract the press from the Carringtons' problems.[26] In "Private as a Circus", Willy reaches out to Steven, who arrives to find him dead from an apparent suicide. Stansfield later reveals the existence of a suicide note in which Willy confesses to causing the explosion that killed Matthew.[7] Claudia is revealed to actually be responsible for the explosion in "A Taste of Your Own Medicine".[9]

According to Patrick, Willy is a revised version of Walter Lankershim, a wildcatter who is a friend to Matthew and opposes Blake in the original series.[18]

Aaron StansfieldEdit

Atlanta Police Chief Aaron Stansfield (Michael Beach) is a longtime friend of Blake's who tries to help the billionaire in "Spit It Out".[26] He takes Matthew's phone from evidence lockup and gives it to Blake. Steven uses his knowledge of this to coerce Stansfield to clear him of Matthew's death in "Private as a Circus". Following Willy's suicide, Stansfield shows the Carringtons a convenient suicide note that exonerates them from any involvement.[7] In "The Best Things in Life", Stansfield threatens Blake when Steven cuts off his illicit funding. The police chief turns the tables on Steven by revealing that he helped Blake cover up Steven's culpability in the accidental death of an oil rig worker. Stansfield accepts a $5 million payment from Jeff to retire and leave town, to be replaced by Jeff's cousin Billy.[10][11]

Iris MachadoEdit

First seen in flashback in "Guilt is for Insecure People", Iris (Elena Tovar) is Cristal's sister, and Sam's mother.[28] After stealing a fortune in cash, she and Cristal plan to flee Venezuela. Cristal arrives at their rendezvous point, but is forced to leave alone when Iris does not show up. In the present, Cristal learns through Sam that Iris is once again on the run and needs money, but Cristal is unable to access any funds without Anders knowing. Sam arranges a robbery at the mansion to come up with the money.[6] Another flashback in "The Best Things in Life" reveals that Iris' abusive boyfriend Alejandro, who is Sam's father, was responsible for Cristal's miscarriage. Her need for medical care prompted the sisters to steal the money from Iris' criminal employers. In the present, Cristal receives a threat, and Anders helps her pay her pursuers off.[10][11] Blake brings Iris to Atlanta for the holidays in "Rotten Things".[29] Cristal and Anders discover that Iris was behind the extortion plot, and a confrontation with her sister causes Cristal to admit to Sam that she killed his father to defend Iris. Blake later greets a business associate, Diego Callestada, who is in fact Alejandro.[12][13]

Kori RucksEdit

Introduced in "Private as a Circus", Kori Rucks (KJ Smith) is an Atlanta councilwoman and former high school classmate of Fallon and Monica. She blocks Fallon in her attempt to secure an energy contract with the city for her new company, and then spends the night with Michael.[7] Their new relationship survives Fallon's jealous meddling in "I Exist Only for Me".[8] Kori rebuffs Fallon's overtures of friendship in "The Best Things in Life", but her relationship with Michael implodes over his lingering feelings for Fallon.[10][11]

Smith was cast in the recurring role in September 2017.[30]

Ted DinardEdit

Ted Dinard (Michael Patrick Lane) is Steven's ex-boyfriend from New York, who reappears in "Company Slut". Sober for two years and working for the Sky Conservancy Organization, Ted apologizes to Steven for the dissolution of their relationship, which included a drug-addicted Ted accepting money from Blake to leave Steven. Steven is poised to forgive Ted, but finds that Ted has slept with Sam.[19][20] In "The Best Things in Life", a distraught Steven does a line of cocaine and calls Ted to say that he is on his way to New York to see him.[10][11] Steven's grandfather Thomas drags him back to Atlanta in "Rotten Things", followed by Ted. Though Steven plans to travel with Ted rather than go to rehab, Ted is arrested for drug possession and faces his third strike. Blake is unable to help because Jeff and Steven coerced Police Chief Stansfield to retire. Though Steven and an impressed Thomas believe that Blake set Ted up, Jeff was actually behind it.[12][13]

Patrick said after the character's first appearance in November 2017, "Ted Dinard is a character from the OG Dynasty who played a big part in season 1...So let's just say, he'll be back."[20]

Thomas CarringtonEdit

Thomas Carrington (Bill Smitrovich), Blake's estranged father, arrives to celebrate Christmas in "Rotten Things".[29] Dragging Steven home from his drug-fueled bender in New York with Ted, Thomas criticizes Blake's management of both his company and family, and insists that he fire Steven. Insensitive to Steven's problems, Thomas is also dismissive to Cristal and her relatives, for whom he only has racist insults. Fallon finally calls him out as being stuck in the past.[12][13]

The character was played by Harry Andrews in the 1985 episode "The Will" of the 1980s series.[31]

Cesil ColbyEdit

Cesil Colby (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) is Jeff and Monica's father. In "A Taste of Your Own Medicine", it is established that he is in jail.[9] In "Rotten Things", Monica refuses Fallon's urging to visit him, and Cesil lashes out at Fallon. When Jeff visits, he and Cesil discuss their vendetta against Blake, who slept with Cesil's wife and framed him on drug charges.[12][13]

Kae-Kazim was cast in November 2017.[32] The character was played by Lloyd Bochner in the 1980s series,[15][33] in which he was Jeff's uncle who raised him.[34]

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